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Mt. Jefferson, OR

[/caption] One of my favorite places that I hiked and visited early last September was along the trails in Jefferson Park, OR. The day before I took this photo it had snowed along the higher elevations of Mt. Jefferson so I was able to get some really great photos of a recently dusted mountain. However, the snow had long melted along the Jefferson Park by the time I had arrived. This photo was taken on 9/10/10 so the lighting was fantastic and the sun glare was not that challenging since most of the photos were taken in the afternoon and early evening. I took this particular photo at 5:00pm and the sun was at the far right which was in the west. Most of my photo time in the Park was between 3:00 and 6:00 pm so I was blessed with some great lighting. However, the morning was shrouded with clouds and I couldn’t even get my first photo of Mt. Jefferson until about 1:00pm. I was using my Canon EOS T1i along with my Tokina 12-24 wide angle lens. I had the focal length at 14mm in order to get as much as I could in the view finder. I was amazed at the amount of photo opportunities there were in the Park. Next time I will either camp over night or hike to the Park in the early morning in order to take advantage of the vantage points dotting the park. I was using my warming and CIR-PL filter and the camera was in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was at F-6.4 and the shutter was at 1/80 second. I believe I was using my tripod, bubble level and remote switch when I took this photo. I set the ISO to 100 and the white balance at -1.7 since the sun was still pretty intense. There were dozens of alpine flowers surrounding the Park as well as elk prints. I can only imagine how many elk visit the Park when the crowds are gone. There are several creeks transferring the melting snow down stream as well as several waterfalls plunging down the higher elevations. Jefferson Park is truly a hike worth taking