28 Jun 17 The day prior to our friend's departure for Alaska we spent the time visiting several sights that are easily missed if you don't know the area. These included a couple of water falls, a mountaintop view of a large portion of Puget Sound, a few fields of wild flowers, and even looked at a potential property for summer residence. On the last leg returning home I suggested we take a short detour to see Mt Rainier from the port of Kingston as it was a beautiful evening and the mountain was in all its glory. The next morning crossing would have been another opportunity but one never knows what awaits on the morrow and as fate would have it the departure was socked in. So our visit on the last evening was fortuitous. This is what the camera saw, NOT what we saw. Had I seen clearly that evening what I saw after getting the captures into the computer I would have stayed for a while and shot many more frames. Look closely at the left hand third of the image. You will notice several buildings in Seattle including the Space Needle and the box it came in, a few of the Cascade Peaks as if they were just a few miles distant, and of course Mt Rainier as if were hovering over the entire area. Large telephoto lenses in the neighborhood of 600mm + can create some of this type of distance compression, but this was shot with my normal 18 - 200 lens so I cannot account for what you are seeing. That said, it does make for an interesting composition and this shot gets put into my collection of favorite Rainier photos, another of which I sent in mid January. Always nice when you can send a guest off with a view like this. Of course the downside is that's how this place is remembered and makes it difficult to then appreciate my reliable complaining about our weather. BTW, did you see the two birds?
This is basically straight from the camera save for some cropping and straightening. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 500; 1/800 sec @ f /11.
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