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Mt. Hood, OR

[/caption] With photos like this, Mt. Hood can be one of the most photogenic mountains in the Oregon Cascades. You know you’re going to have a great day when you travel to the mountains on a sunny day just after a huge snowstorm dumped a foot of fresh powder. The Fanning is a great place to look for awesome photo opportunities during the winter since the lakes freeze and become completely covered with snow. However, there are several areas where the water is traveling beneath the snow which creates several pockets of creeks. Mt. Hood is positioned perfectly above the lake with the forested area lined with ancient trees begging to be included in your photos. It’s beneficial if you visit while the trees are snow covered since they create the best shots. I was using my Canon T1i along with my Sigma 17-70mm lens and had the focal length at 34mm. I attached my warming filter and CIR-PL and made sure to use my tripod and bubble level in order to avoid any camera shake. These photos were way too important to risk anything to go wrong and camera shake or blur can destroy your entire portfolio. However, it was about 11:45am and the light was good and the sun was at about a 90 degree angle. I had the ISO at 100 and the white balance at -1. The camera was in Normal/Program mode and the shutter speed was at 1/200 second and the aperture at F-8.

Mt. Hood


Mt. Hood looms in the background as it takes on the shape of a giant ice cream cone. The snow covered dimples in the foreground were created by the many small creeks that flow in to the Fanning. I gingerly snow-shoed out to the middle of the frozen lake in order to get this shot. I wanted to frame as much of the mountain in the background without having too much snow in the foreground. I was using my Canon EOS T1i along with my Tokina 12-24mm wide angle lens. I set the focal length to 24mm in order to zoom in to the mountain. I had the camera mode in Program/Normal mode so the aperture was set at F-10 and the exposure time at 1/200 second. I set the ISO to 100 and the white balance to -0.3 in order to eliminate the harshness of the bright light. I also used my warming filter and CIR-PL due to the glare from the snow and to capture as much of the blue sky as possible.