Water, Ice and Snow, Christine Falls, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017

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A black and white nature photograph of a snow covered, partially frozen Christine Falls at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.
“Snow, Christine Falls, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017”
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On my way up to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington, I noticed the partially frozen Christine Falls. I took note of the location just in case I had time after the day’s snowshoe hike.

At the end of the day, as I was making my way down, shooting photographs of the mountain alpenglow, I made a quick stop into the pull-off near Christine Falls. The road was covered with snow and ice and the area where I had to shoot was right on the road. Luckily the cars that did pass by were going slow enough down the mountain road where I wasn’t in too much danger (at least I was hoping so).

A black and white nature photograph of a snow covered, partially frozen Christine Falls at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.
“Icicles, Christine Falls, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017”
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Within a very short time, I was able to get off three images of the icy and snow covered Christine Falls. It was nearly dark but I was able to get good long exposure photographs to make the waterfall smooth and silky (about a 1.6-second exposure). Using my telephoto zoom lens, I captured a closeup photograph of both the upper and lower section of the waterfalls as well as a zoomed out image of both sections of the waterfall in its entirety (at least the portion above the road).

A black and white nature photograph of a snow covered, partially frozen Christine Falls at Mount Rainier National Park, Washington.
“Winter, Christine Falls, Mount Rainier, Washington, 2017”
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Because of the monochromatic nature of the scene, I opted to process the three images into fine art black and white photographs.

After completing this quick photo shoot (it took longer to walk to and from the car), I continued on my way to Longmire to finish out the day’s photo shoot, using every bit of light provided to me.