Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Contender John Reiter

2014 American Landscape Contender John Reiter overcame difficult terrain to capture his desired composition

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Photographer: John Reiter

Location: Reflection Lake, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington State

When did you take this photograph? August, 2013

Equipment: Nikon D3, AF-S Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED lens, Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 Carbon Fiber tripod, Arca-Swiss ballhead, remote release, headlamp, bug spray

The story behind the shot:
Early the day prior to capturing this image, I traveled to Reflection Lake to find a good location and to set up my equipment. At first, the area was very dark making it impossible for me to see Mount Rainier and to determine the best position to capture the mountain's reflection. Another photographer told me that I would have to go to the other side of the lake to catch the reflection but recommended against it due to huge rocks, marshland, and a severe slope near the lake. The challenge was too great for me to resist. Although the shooting was difficult, it was not impossible. The following morning, I headed directly to my pre-planned spot - the wildflowers, the mountain with its reflection in the lake and the early morning mist provided an ideal setting and confirmed why this section of the park was named "Paradise".

Did you use any special techniques in-camera or in post-processing?
In order to best capture detail in the shadows and highlights, I captured five bracketed exposures. I combined the images using Nik HDR Efex Pro 2.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
This scene was special in part due to the degree of difficulty in capture as well as the overall beauty of the setting. It also reminded me of importance of doing advance scouting of an area (whenever possible) and the rewards of perseverance even when conditions appear difficult.


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