Another spectacular shot of Mt. Hood taken from the Fanning, Oregon. Just another example of how photogenic Mt. Hood is when you have a stunning blue sky in the background and snow covered trees in the foreground. It also helps when the mountain is completely white and resembles a giant vanilla snow cone. This photo pretty much sums up that if you want to enjoy an epic snow journey, you only have to drive about 1 hour from downtown Portland, Oregon. However, the best kept secret is to visit one day after a massive snow storm blankets the Cascades and then check the weather and see if Government Camp is expecting sunny skies. Since the forested trees sometimes have a difficult time holding up the weight of the snow, you have to be pretty quick or you may have some spotty snow covered trees. I usually try to get up as early as possible in order to avoid the afternoon sun or the rising of the temperatures. However, even if you can’t get up at the best possible time you are still going to have a great time skiing, snow-boarding, snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, sledding or any other winter activity that you enjoy. Either way, Government Camp is a great place to visit and it’s especially magical during the winter months.
[/caption] A rare view of the snow covered trees with its reflection from the lake. Normally the Fanning is completely frozen after a good winter with only a few spots where the creeks meander along the lake. I was surprised by this opportunity to get a photograph like this. I normally end up trying to get some panoramic shots of the snow covered lake with the creeks slicing through the snow. However, this scene gave me a great opportunity and I ended up noticing that the trees were being reflected from the lake and luckily it was calm enough to get a pretty descent reflection since the water wasn’t moving too much. I’ve actually very gingerly snow-shoed over this very same area and never saw any openings like this. This is especially surprising since this winter has seen way more snow and cooler temperatures than the last two years. You can actually snow-shoe around the entire perimeter of the lake as well as cut through parts of it only if it’s covered with enough snow. Since the light was very unbalanced I made sure to use my tripod and bubble level in order to avoid any camera shake or blur. I was shaded from the sun by the forest but the lake was sun drenched. This created a really nice opportunity.
[/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.