Another shot of Mt. Sanford. I know this might be a few too many, but trust me, t’s a REALLY cool mountain. And, if you had any idea how many times I’v tried to take this photo, you’d offer me your sympathies. And maybe some therapy.
So nearly 5 years ago I “found” this little pond and thought ‘ahhh, this could be a nice spot to photograph Mt Sanford from’. And it is. However, the pond is prone to some ripplage, particularly right around dawn, when the alpenglow lights up the mountain. So, all too often, I’ve been thwarted in my efforts; either the pond is rippling and the reflection is lost, or the light is not great, or the mountain not visible (most common). This week I thought I had a good shot at something happening, so I made the trip over to that area and spent a total of 3 mornings trying my hand.
On the 3rd morning, the conditions came together; the light was nice, the pond calm, and the mountain clear as a bell. I spent the better part of 2 hours photographing the scene, and enjoying a glorious morning. I then left, headed over to another pond, decided I was better off where I started and returned for some more photos. Even in mid-morning light the scene is such a treat that I couldn’t help but photograph it.
It was at this point that I fiddled with my camera and thought ‘hmm, that’s weird’. Well, it wasn’t “weird”, but stupid. I’d left the ISO setting, which is akin to film speed, at 1600. Way higher than I wanted, and resulting in digital noise, or grainy, images. Every single one of them.
It’s pretty hard to be this stupid.
So, other than having had the pleasure of seeing such a grand sight, I’m still no further along in my quest to make this photo. Well, maybe a little less stupid, which always helps. But that’s a big maybe.