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I wanted a special subject for this holiday Image of the Week post. I am very thankful to live in such a wonderfully scenic corner of the world and am proud to present Hood Under a Fresh Blanket as this week’s entry..
This past weekend a quick family errand took me out to Sandy. Of course with a crisp clear blue sky and a recent blanket of snow covering the mountain I brought my camera along. I knew of the Jonsrud Viewpoint and was anxious to shoot from there since my previous favorite vantage point near Sandy is no longer open to the public. It provides a commanding view of Mt. Hood and the Sandy River along with interpretive signage about the Oregon Trail history in the area.
After shooting for a few minutes some nice gentlemen came up to me and we started talking about photography and cameras. By remarkable coincidence one of them happened to be Nathan, the IT consultant for my wife’s work! We had never met but he recognized me from a photo on her desk. We had some great conversation and look forward to doing some shooting together in the future.
I spent about an hour shooting at the viewpoint. I used a variety of settings and combinations of equipment. In most cases I shot bracketed exposure groupings so I could create HDR later if I chose to. In the end it was this single exposure from early in my session that ended up being my first pick of the session. This RAW capture was slightly underexposed so that the blue of the sky and white of the mountain would retain their detail. I used Aperture to adjust the shadows using curves and contrast adjustments along with RAW fine turning to reach the final image you see here.
Have a wonderful and peaceful Thanksgiving Holiday.
- Raw Image with Nikon D7000 @ 100 ISO
- Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens @ 105mm
- 1/200th of a second @ ƒ/14
- Saturday, November 23, 2013 @ 13:28
- Jonsrud Viewpoint, Near Sandy, Oregon, USA