It has been many years since I have visited Mt. Rainier National Park and could actually see Mt. Rainier. We were up there in June during the free admission day, but clouds prevented us from ever seeing the mountain. Not only that, but in June there is still A LOT of snow in many of the places where you would make one of those “iconic” images of the mountain reflecting in a lake. The window of opportunity is actually quite short in the summer for those images, and even shorter if you want to shoot wildflowers on the mountain.
One of the advantages of living where we do now is that we are only about an hour from the park which means that while the conditions on the mountain can change quickly, you have at least a fair chance of making it up there when the conditions look favorable. When things looked promising yesterday, my wife and I both had the urge to make it up into the park to take in some of the grandur that the mountain has to offer, we were not disappointed, but photographically it wasn’t really the best of days.
There was a little more haze in the sky than I would have liked, and there was a constant breeze at Reflection Lake that was keeping the water a little less than calm. Sometimes though things just sort of work out the way that they should. As I was standing there with my camera setup on the tripod, the wind died, but only for about 60 seconds, and it gave me a very narrow window of time to get the above shot. If I would not have had my camera already setup, I would have missed it completely.
A short comment about processing of this image. Since the haze was a bit heavier than I would have liked, I did have to bump up the contrast a little more than I would have normally. I also upped the saturation a bit using an old channel mixer action that was designed to try to hint at the look of the old Velvia 50 film that I loved so much “back in the day.”