Thursday, February 27, 2014

Reflection Lake/Paradise - Mount Rainier National Park (Part 3)

From 7/17/2013 to 8/2/2013, I took a road trip from the SF Bay Area to Vancouver, BC, Canada. Half of the trip was spent driving up the west coast. On my trip, I visited many famous places such as Seattle, Butchart Gardens, Mount Rainier, and much more. Obviously I got many coastal shots and many places that isn't as famous. The reason I am posting it now is because the high amount of photos I took equaled a high amount of processing time. I took a bit over 2000 photos on the trip. After stitching the panoramas, compositing the HDRs, and picking out photos from the repeats, I have a bit over 1000 photos to show you guys. The photos will be split into parts. I will link you to the previous and next parts on each post just like I did with my Death Valley National Park photos and my Yellowstone/Grand Teton National Park photos. Hope you enjoy this chain of posts!

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Mount Rainier National Park photos, use this link. To view all of my day 13 photos, use this link.

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Today I have part 3, the last of my photos from Mount Rainier National Park in Washington, USA. If you ever visit Washington, I highly recommend you visit this park! It is a very beautiful place. Just bring lots of mosquito repellent. I got around 20-30 bites from 3 minutes out of the car in some areas! That was not fun. Even after I used mosquito repellent, a few stubborn ones still came at me. Now some brief information about Mount Rainier. Mount Rainier is one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The volcano stands 14,411 ft (4,392 m) and is located 54 miles from Seattle, Washington. While the snow capped peak seems harmless, this is an not a dead volcano and can cause some deadly damage if it erupts.

On the drive to Paradise, here is an HDR composition of Mount Rainier from the highways in the park. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 46 46 07 N 121 42 42 W   

Reflection Lake was one of the most beautiful places I visited. The water sure was cold though!
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 46 46 06 N 121 43 42 W   

A black and white process of the photo above.  

 Shot off another photo of Reflection Lake and Mount Rainier from the same spot.  


Walked around the lake to check for better angles. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 46 46 06 N 121 43 41 W   

A photo of the lake shore. Photo shot from the same spot.  

After walking around a bit, I thought the grass growing in the lake would make a nice foreground. I didn't have to move far for (in my opinion) one of the best shots I've ever taken. Since it didn't move that far, the GPS didn't register a new position.  

 A black and white process of the photo above. 


On the drive to Paradise, spotted a small waterfall in Paradise River. Decided to stop for a shot. Due to the harsh shadows, I had to bring up the shadows quite a bit in Camera RAW which is why you see the noise. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 46 46 42 N 121 44 20 W   

 A photo of Mount Rainier from the Paradise parking lot. Looks a lot like a fake backdrop doesn't it? I think that is why they call it Paradise. It was a very amazing view. From Paradise, you can hike to the summit (if you are fit enough).
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 46 47 04 N 121 44 30 W   

I hiked into the meadows just a little bit. Here is an HDR composition of Mount Rainier. 
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 46 47 07 N 121 44 28 W   

 Another HDR composition from the spot. 


Walking to another area of Paradise, I suddenly spot a mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus).  

Just one more photo of the mule deer before it left.  

Hiked up a little bit further on another trail in Paradise. Here is an HDR of Mount Rainier and the meadows.
 Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 46 47 11 N 121 44 11 W   
  
Still in Paradise, here is a photo of the Paradise Inn (left) and the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center (right). 
  Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 46 47 13 N 121 44 11 W   

Black and white process of the photo above. 

These are all the photos for today and for the 13th day (Mount Rainier National Park). I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time I will continue with photos from Crater Lake National Park. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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