Mount Rainier Panoramas

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeltuuk/4788751457/

Mt. Rainier Sunrise

I spent last weekend in the Seattle area and had the privilege of second-shooting my nephew’s wedding.  Maybe I’ll post some pics from that later.

Got to bed at 1:40am after the wedding and got up at 3:50am to take my daughter to the airport (she had another wedding to go).  The skies had been quite clear during our visit so I had hopes of capturing some dawn shots of Mt. Rainier since I’d be further south toward the mountain.

After dropping my daughter off (at 4:30) I drove up to the 7th floor of the SE parking garage at SeaTac.  There was a great vantage point so I abandoned my initial plan of driving further south toward the mountain — didn’t want to end up missing the first sunlight hitting the mountain.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaeltuuk/4789306998/

Mt. Rainier Before the Sunrise

Shot a bazillion images.  Bracketed some of them +/- 1 stop to be sure to get something decent.  Captured the pano at the top of the post after sunrise, and this one above before the sun hit the face of the mountain.  The sky was a bit hazy but I’m quite happy with what I got.  In several other visits to Seattle over the years Mt. Rainier was only visible for a brief period one Sunday morning — never saw it again.  I was fortunate to see it for several days last weekend.

Surely these aren’t the best panos you’ve ever seen but they do look quite a bit better when viewed large on flickr (click the images to go to flickr then click the “All Sizes” button above the image).

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3 responses

  1. great looking shots, hope you got some sleep later!

    July 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    • Thanks, Jim. I never did get any sleep that day…went to bed about 11:30pm that night in Vancouver. Long day :-)

      July 14, 2010 at 8:31 pm

  2. Superb! Love the faint colors.

    July 16, 2010 at 5:48 pm

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