White River and Mt. Hood

Mt. Hood, Oregon

[/caption] The White River snow park offers one of the best areas to snow-shoe around the Mt. Hood wilderness. It’s located on the east side of Mt. Hood and the parking area is just off of Hwy 35. There are enough parking spaces to fit 10 football fields and there are enough snow-shoe and x-country areas to keep you busy for the entire winter season. the White river cuts between the West and East areas of the park and it offers some great views of a frigid river cutting through the snow packed river banks. You can make it as easy or as difficult as you want to. It offers some terrain for the most hardy winter explore or the most novice. There are over 10 different trails and they are completely different from one another. Some of my best winter photographs have been taken from this area and I will continue to visit since it offers some of the best photographic opportunities. However, the best time to visit is during winter since most of the trails are only available when the terrain is covered in 20 feet of snow. I took this photo on October 27th at about 12:50pm and the sun was at about a 90 degree angle. Unfortunately, the sun can pose some real challenges since the park is on the east side of the mountain and the sun is always on your left with the mountain just to the north of the sun and your photos. This is especially true since the sun only gets so high and sometimes there are little to no shadows near the mountain. I was using my Canon T1i and my Canon 18-55mm kit lens when I took this photo and I made sure to use my tripod, bubble level and remote switch. I had attached my CIR-PL and warming filter to saturate the blue sky and warm the scene. The aperture was at F-11 and the shutter speed at 1/197 seconds since I had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -0.7.

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