Mt. Hood and Trillium Lake, OR

Trillium Lake and Mt. Hood, OR

[/caption] Early spring offers a great view of Mt. Hood from the banks of snow covered Trillium Lake in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Trillium lake is located on the south side of Mt. Hood and the sun travels directly behind you when facing the mountain. Your best opportunity for getting great shots is either in early morning or early evening. However, winter and early spring doesn’t always give you a good window of opportunities due to the unpredictable nature of the weather. It’s about a 6 mile round trip snow shoe trek from the snow park and it will take you about an hour to get to the banks of the lake. This photo was taken at about 11:55am and the sun was just behind the trees directly behind me. The shadows in the foreground are from the huge trees directly behind me. I set the camera setting to normal/program mode and the aperture was at F-9.1 and the shutter speed at 1/250 second. I attached my CIR-PL, warming filter and UV filter to my Sigma 17-70mm lens. I set the focal length at 28mm and set the ISO at 100 and the white balance at 0 due to the brightness of the sky due to the albedo/reflection caused by the snow covering the lake. I was also using a tripod and bubble level to avoid and camera shake. The best time to visit Trillium lake is just after a huge snow storm and the entire forest is blanketed in snow.

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