Mt. Hood after a winter snow storm

Mt. Hood, OR

[/caption] Winter may be over but it’s still snowing in parts of the Cascades all along the Pacific Northwest. It looks like several of the ski resorts will stay open well into May. Now is also the best time to snow-shoe in the mountains now that the days are longer and the skies are clearer. I took this photo just before noon at about 11:35am so the sun glare was very high and the sky was pretty well overexposed. I made sure to stand next to a tree in order to block the direct sun from the lens and made sure to limit how much I tilted the camera up in order to avoid the snow from creating too much glare and damaging the contrast in the sky. To do this I just stood as tall as possible and tried to keep the lens at a straight line. I also kept the sun at about 90 degrees to my right. The clouds were very thin and moving pretty fast so I made sure to wait until most of the streaming clouds moved away from the mountain. I was using my Canon T1i along with my Canon 18-55mm lens. I had the focal length at 55mm in order to fill most of the frame with the mountain as well as surround the photo with the snow covered trees in the foreground. I made sure to attach my CIR-PL and warming filter in order to limit the glare from the snow and saturate the sky. The camera was in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was at F-9 and the shutter speed at 1/200 second. I set the ISO at 100 due to the harshness of the setting and reduced the white balance to -0.3. Because there was enough light I didn’t use a tripod when I took this photo.

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