Gibraltar Rock

Mt. Rainier National Park, WA

[/caption] Mt. Rainier offers so many photo opportunities that sometimes you can get a great photo without even having the summit of Mt. Rainier in the scene. This photo shows the summit of 12,660 foot Gibraltar Rock with Cowlitz Cleaver just below. If you look closely you can see two adjacent waterfalls in the middle of the photo just below the snow covered area of Cowlitz Cleaver. Mt. Rainer is just to the left and you can see parts of Nisqually Glacier hovering in the distance. There are probably dozens of waterfalls in this photo but you really have to look hard. That’s the most amazing aspect of Mt. Rainer! It’s so massive that you can stare at the glaciers, crags, summits, waterfalls, creeks, wildflowers, trees, forests, cliffs and lava rocks four hours. I took this photo near The Bench, which is a great place to view the mountain. It’s on the south side of the park and is right off the main road. I was using my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had the focal length at 70mm. I attached my CIR-PL and warming filter and made sure to use my tripod, remote switch and bubble level to get the best photo without having any blur. I had the camera in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was at F-5.7 and the shutter speed at 1/166 second due to the fact that I had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -0.3. It was about 5:40pm on a mid August day and the sun was at a 90 degree angle so the exposure was almost perfect since there are just enough shadows to create a great scene.

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