Looking Beyond The Subject
By Adrian Klein
The most recent Northwest Nature Photography Podcast talks about my first experience during a print competition a number of years back, and more specifically the photo below. And to give you folks reading some background on the photo I reference in the podcast here is the story behind how it was created. The photo, seen below, is called “Hood’s Early Light” is of the lonely high peak of Mt Hood and created almost 5 years ago. It was one of those moments being in the right place at the right time with little, make that very little, time to act. I was actually on Mt Hood doing field training for a mountain climbing class I was taking. I figured even though I would not have time to wander on my own, that taking my DSLR and one lens would be good in case I got a break or wanted to capture shots of our class. You just never know.
We arrived at Timberline around sunrise to make a short trek up in the same area you would go for the climbers trail. Of course the mountain was completely obscured with what seemed to be a death grip of clouds and fog. Sometimes we could not see more than a couple hundred yards let alone the whole mountain. I was attached to the rope for practice routines we were doing but we were taking a break and I happen to notice the mountain peeking out very briefly here and there through large gaps in fast-moving clouds. I quickly unclipped my carabiner from the line and ran for my camera about 50 ft away. With my rip rockin’ Canon 10D (back when going to 6mp was an upgrade), the Canon 28-135 IS lens and eBay “special buy” no-name polarizer… I grabbed only a handful of shots in less than a couple minutes and then the mountain was completely covered again for the rest of the outing. This was a handheld shot, no tripod. Who needs a tripod! Ok that is definitely not true. They are usually needed for great landscape images, that is when you have time to act and here that was not an option if I had one which I did not. Fortunately a slight bump to ISO400 and fairly bright conditions I did not need one. This is pretty much as shot. Hardly any processing from the file outside of removing some dust spots and converting to black and white. It was one of those moments I was truly happy to have my camera nearby because as I said, you just never know.