[/caption] With photos like this, Mt. Hood can be one of the most photogenic mountains in the Oregon Cascades. You know you’re going to have a great day when you travel to the mountains on a sunny day just after a huge snowstorm dumped a foot of fresh powder. The Fanning is a great place to look for awesome photo opportunities during the winter since the lakes freeze and become completely covered with snow. However, there are several areas where the water is traveling beneath the snow which creates several pockets of creeks. Mt. Hood is positioned perfectly above the lake with the forested area lined with ancient trees begging to be included in your photos. It’s beneficial if you visit while the trees are snow covered since they create the best shots. I was using my Canon T1i along with my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had the focal length at 34mm. I attached my warming filter and CIR-PL and made sure to use my tripod and bubble level in order to avoid any camera shake. These photos were way too important to risk anything to go wrong and camera shake or blur can destroy your entire portfolio. However, it was about 11:45am and the light was good and the sun was at about a 90 degree angle. I had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -1. The camera was in Normal/Program mode and the shutter speed was at 1/200 second and the aperture at F-8.
[/caption] Mid morning view looking up along the ridgeline near Mt. Hood. Winter offers some spectacular and interesting photos in the mountains. Sometimes you just need to turn around in order to find a great photographic opportunity. This photo made for a great Christmas/Holiday card. The sun was at about a 90 degree angle and the skies were filled with blue. A dry snow had fallen the night before and parts of the snow were being blown off of the cliff and trees so I had to wait for the wind to die down before I could take this shot.