Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Panoramas

Crystal River along CO-133

I stopped to photograph Hayes Creek Falls along Colorado-133 (south of Carbondale, just west of Mount Sopris). Water was barely trickling over the Falls, so I crossed CO-133 and shot a few bulb exposures of the water flowing around the rocks in the Crystal River. Hoping this area recovers from drought and fire season.

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Crystal River (Bulb Panorama), near Bears Gulch, CO (16″x54″)

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Crystal River (Bulb Single Frame), near Bears Gulch, CO (10″x18″)

 

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Light on Mountains near Winfield, CO

As we approached Winfield from Hope Pass along the Continental Divide Trail, the clouds parted near the horizon and allowed a few rays of golden light to shine across the valley onto Emerald Peak, Mt Belford, and Mt Oxford.

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Light on Ridge near Hope Pass, near Buena Vista, CO (12″x18″)


Hope Pass, Colorado

While in Colorado this summer, I helped a friend scout Hope Pass for the Leadville 100. Before stopping for lunch at the saddle (~12,500 feet elevation), I took this panorama to the west and north looking back down the valley towards Twin Lakes.

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Trail to Hope Pass, Continental Divide Trail, near Buena Vista, CO (16″66″)


Meltwater Stream and Coleman Glacier

I walked up the lateral moraine along Coleman Glacier and stopped to shoot a long-exposure panorama of the meltwaters flowing out of the snow and ice. I liked this composition because it captured the stream, house-sized seracs (chunks of ice in the middle of the panorama above the snow field), and Mt Baker peeking over the ridge and snow field in the background.

ColemanGlacier_Meltwater3_ColorMeltwater and Coleman Glacier (#3, Color), Mt Baker Wilderness, Washington (16″x54″)

 


Coleman Glacier

I am used to hiking to near 13,000 feet in Wyoming to get on blue ice, so I’ve been trying to take advantage of the relatively easy access to low-elevation glaciers in Washington State. A few weekends ago, I drove to Mt. Baker and hiked up to Heliotrope Ridge and Coleman Glacier. I stacked three horizontal panoramas to try to capture the full view of the crevasses, seracs, and ice falls, but it’s still hard to get a sense of the size of the mountain and flowing ice from a series of photographs.

ColemanGlacier_TripStackPanoColeman Glacier and Mt Baker (#5, Color), Mt Baker Wilderness, Washington (32″x61″)

 


Falls along Humpback Creek

After hiking up to Annette Lake and Silver Peak, I stopped at the falls along Humpback Creek to photograph the moss, rocks, and water. Clouds had moved in throughout the day, providing nice lighting for a few bulb exposures.

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Humpback Falls (#1, Color), Mt. Baker Snoqualmie National Forest, WA (16″x32″)


Silver Peak Summit

Views from the summit of Silver Peak, Cascade Range in early June.

SilverPeak_Pano1_BWSilver Peak Summit (#1, B&W), Cascade Range, WA (16″x47″)

SilverPeak_Pano2_ColorSilver Peak Summit (#2, Color), Cascade Range, WA (16″x61″)

 


Silver Peak Approach

In early June, I took a quick trip with a friend to summit Silver Peak in the Cascade Range. The first few miles followed well-maintained switchbacks to Annette Lake, followed by a steep bushwhack, a scree field crossing, and a final ascent up to a ridge on a snow field. The views from the ridge were worth the climb.

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Ridge on Approach to Silver Peak (#1), Cascade Range, WA (18″x36″)

SilverPeak_Ridge1_PanoRidge on Approach to Silver Peak (#2), Cascade Range, WA (16″x61″)

 


Meltwater from Glaciers on Rainier

After a quick hike from the White River camping area to Sunrise on Mt. Rainier, I used a Neutral Density filter to take a bulb exposure panorama of the grey meltwater of the White River on my way out of the park.

River_Pano2_HDR_Mod_BWFXcropWhite River Panorama (#2), Mount Rainier National Park, WA

 

 


Spring Hike at Mt. Rainier

In early June, I took a quick hike from the White River camping area to Sunrise on Mt. Rainier. A lenticular cloud was draped over the summit of the mountain, and the air smelled of pine and melting snow. This was my first visit to the park, and I was amazed at how large the mountain appears when hiking on its flanks.

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Lenticular Cloud over Rainier, Mount Rainier National Park, WA

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Meltwater Stream in the Forest, Mount Rainier National Park, WA (12″x16″)