Mt Hood is now covered with a layer of snow, but here's a little reminder of how bare it was at summer's end.
The kids and I went up to Larch Mountain Sunday evening hoping for a great view of the Blood Moon Eclipse, but the alpenglow on Mt Hood during sunset totally stole the show for me. The moon came up pretty small and pretty far to the North for the shot I was hoping for, but I have been hoping for an image like this one for quite awhile so no complaints from me.
If you're familiar at all with the Larch Mt. viewpoint, you can tell we're not up top. The place was totally packed, so we, and about 20 other people hiked down around underneath the official viewpoint.
I took a quick drive with my two youngest kids this morning to catch the sunrise at Jonsrud point in Sandy. We got a few shots of the sun lighting up the side of the mountain as it was rising a little to the South.
We met another photographer who was just finishing up and had driven a lot further than we had to try to get some shots of Comet ISON. His name is Chip McAlpineand he has made some really fantastic astrophotography images.
Always fun to meet other folks who don't mind getting out in the cold and the wind for a good image!
So after yesterday, and a few cold, clear evenings this winter wishing I was in a better location for it, I decided to be intentional about getting a good clear image of Mt Hood right at twilight. I looked around online and discovered Jonsrud viewpoint in Sandy. There were 5 other photographers that had the same idea.
When I was processing these I just couldn't decide between color and B&W. I went with one of each. I think each is complimented well by the choice.
The first was made using my Soligor OM Mount 75-205mm at f/8. The second is with the Sony 18-55mm at f/8.
I took the boys to get doughnuts this afternoon and on the way back I could see that the top of Mt Scott was lit up orange by the sunset. We were already on the right road so we drove to the top hoping for a cool view of the sunset to the west but were surprised by this view looking out at Mt Hood over Happy Valley. At the time I wished I was carrying a longer lens but I like the way the trees and community below contrast with the haze and glow on the mountain.