Three Sisters, OR

Sisters, OR

[/caption] I would have to say that one of the most popular places in the entire state of Oregon to see the mountains of the Three Sisters has got to be along the Santiam Highway, just past the town of Sisters, when heading east towards Bend. There is a small parking area just off the highway where you can get an opportunity to photograph or just take in the view of the Central Oregon mountains. However, I’ve rarely seen more than one car at a time here. I wonder if drivers are content with the view from their car or maybe they don’t even realize that there is a place to stop. I almost feel like I’m cheating whenever I stop here to take photos since you don’t have to hike or snow-shoe several miles to get a photo like this. The lighting always seems to be either perfect or bland. Since you are looking southwest, the sun and time of day really play a role in your opportunity to get a great shot from this distance. The sagebrush in the foreground and the trees in the distance really add to the personality of the setting. I was a little disappointed that the middle sister was shrouded in the clouds but after a little patience it did start to creep out of the clouds but only enough time to get this shot before the clouds enveloped it again. The great thing about this photo is that there are so many things that your eyes notice as you pan around the picture. You have the clouds dancing around the mountains, the snow along the sagebrush in the foreground, the personality of the mountains and the rolling hills shrouded by trees as it winds up to the base of the higher elevations. To get this shot I was using my Canon Rebel T1i along with my Canon 18-55mm lens and my UV, warming and CIR-PL filters. However, I wasn’t using a tripod when I took this photo. I had the camera in Normal/Program mode so the aperture was set at F7 and the shutter speed was at 1/100 second. I set the white balance to -1, the ISO at 100 and the focal length was at 50mm.

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