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Lenticular Sunset Over Mt Rainier | by Fresnatic
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Lenticular Sunset Over Mt Rainier

Wow! Highest Position Explore #3 March 9, 2012 Thank You!


Well I finally got a Lenticular Cloud near Mt Rainier! Actually, this cloud was forming to the east of the mountain, but since I am on the west side shooting east, the cloud looks to be forming right above the mountain! I saw this driving from my house in Issaquah. I left around 4:00pm to get to the mountain. "Plenty of Time, " I thought. Heck no, traffic was a nightmare! It normally takes me about two hours to get to Mt Rainier from where I live, and where I had to stop, I was still an hour away!


Oh well, I needed to make the best of the spot I found. The location is actually "Dogwood Park," just north of the town of Eatonville. The park is located just off the side of the road next to this fantastic pasture and this spot totally worked for me! I wish I could have arrived about ten minutes sooner, as the mountain was really lighting up!


I returned to this location around midnight, as I had proceeded to Mt Rainier only to be turned around by a Park Ranger. They do not allow people inside the park due to potential avalanche danger. Well then, change of plans. I decided to set up shop above a little creek outside of the Longmire Lodge and shoot a time lapse video of the moon rise!


So After a while, I then returned to "Dogwood Park" and this great vantage point! I shot a cool time lapse of the swirling clouds and rotating stars by moonlight! I also captured the feeding habits of the horses in the pasture! I will post those later. I want you to be able to enjoy this!


This is a combination of three exposures (-2,0,+2) merged and tonemapped in Photomatix. I tightened the crop in Photoshop as well as ran through Topaz Adjust to bring back some detail. Highlight adjustments, noise reduction and slight added vignette added in Lightroom.


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Taken on March 8, 2012