I wanted to continue a little with my Denali series. This one I’ve waited for a long time now, and though the reflection wasn’t perfect, it was WAY closer than anything I’ve come close to so far with Denali. Like I said in an earlier post, I’ve camped at this location many, many nights, and rarely even seen the mountain come out – when I did, it was in bad light, windy conditions, and not conducive to decent photography. This trip I did better than ever before.
I got up before dawn, dressed in all the clothes I had with me, and headed down to this little pond for some shooting. I waited for the alpenglow to start, all the while bemoaning the ripples on the pond’s surface. A few ducks swam about, making the ripples even greater. I wanted calm, glassy water, and rich warm alpenglow on the mountain. As the light started to make its way down the face of the mountain, the wind slowed just enough and I moved position a little to where I could get some kind of reflection photograph. I got this single composition before the conditions changed and I knew the reflections were gone. So, I headed back up to the small knoll on which I was camped and shot some more images, sans the reflection obviously, from there.
Interestingly, the alpenglow didn’t last long. It came, and went, due to some lingering clouds to the northeast of me.Just as the light really warmed up, and saturated the icy face of Denali, it started to fade (the light, not the mountain) and then was gone. About 10 minutes it was back, but the rich tones were gone. Still I couldn’t complain, and I was lucky enough to get a few more mornings with good light too – like I said before these few days yielded far more photos of the mountain than I’ve had in years past. I’ll post another later.
I might need to redo a little of the processing, now I got my Photoshop working properly .. I’ll see how I feel about it later.
PS: You can see more photos from Denali National Park here.