Sunday, August 31, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
August 19th. Pouring rain. Snow Level on Mt. Rainier down to 6500’. Summer still hasn’t really arrived. Since moving to the Pacific Northwest 13 years ago, I haven’t seen a summer like this. It is weather like this that creates the unmatched beauty of the NW. The trees are so big. The rivers so wild. The glaciers unmatched in the lower 48. This is the price we pay for the staggering beauty that unleashes itself when the sun does come out. So for this week, when I thought I would be shooting pictures of wildflowers and dramatic alpenglow on Mt. Rainier, I turn the camera down and shoot the finer and often overlooked detail of Mt. Rainier National Park. One morning last week I went to a favorite shooting spot in the park. I arrived an hour before sunrise and stood there with 4 other photographers in the cold fog waiting for it to lift. It never did, but I talked for hours with a photographer from the east side of the mountain, which turned out to be enriching as making a good image…. That didn’t stop me from trying though. Like my experiences climbing the mountain, Rainier does what it wants, and whether or not it fits in to my agenda it is always spectacular.
Join us on Mt Rainier for fun, excitement, achievement and camaraderie. Containing more glacial mass than the rest of the Cascade Volcanoes combined, there is is no mistaking Rainier as the pinnacle of Cascade Grandeur. Get to know Mt. Rainier National Park intimately with experienced instructors who have a deep knowledge of the park. This is our home mountain. Nobody can match our knowledge, access, or facilities of, to, and around Mt. Rainier National Park.
Our Rainier Workshops originate at the studio of Adam Angel Photography in historic downtown Morton. We provide private van transportation for all shooting excursions, and gourmet fare along the way. For the Master Class (long class), field excursions are followed by image critiques, photoshop instruction, as well as fine art printing techniques at the studio. The Shooter’s Class (short class) is for the more experienced photographer who is looking for field instruction, logistical support, and more time in the park shooting with good folks.
Please visit www.MtRainierPhoto.com for more information.
Mt. Rainier’s greatness inspires greatness in us. Ten years ago I came to Mt. Rainier to become a climbing guide. Somehow as a young adult I knew that Mt. Rainier would teach me many lessons and take me further than I could imagine. Climbing Mt. Rainier led to travels around the world, and ultimately to the desire to articulate the “sense of place” that I encountered on the world’s great mountains. Photography became my vehicle to show the folks back home what I had seen. What’s interesting to me is that this path didn’t lead to the places that I thought it would. It led me on a journey of self discovery, personal growth, and creativity.