Faith, Hope, & Charity
McKenzie Pass, Oregon.
We set up camp for the night and waited for the clouds to lift on a little lake in the Central Western Cascades. Occasional wind shifts revealed bits of rock and snowfields, but little else of the Three Sisters, the stunning volcanic peaks dominating the skyline. The hope was, naturally, that a nice sunset was in the offing. Ringed by a thick wood of lodge pole pine, the water was in full shadow before the clouds began to disappear. Much higher and now fully lit, the snowfields began to glow as the sun approached an unseen horizon, far below the treeline at this elevation. Even as it set the full moon rose faithfully, but unseen, behind the forest to my left. Later, as that bright orb cleared the treetops and lit the mountains, a slight mist rose from the water as well, a last little gift before falling temperatures drove me back to the fire and a hot meal.
More commonly known as the North, Middle, and South Sister, early settlers called them Faith, Hope and Charity.
Two exposures were taken for the moon and hand blended. A total of 6 vertical exposures make the panorama.
This is a re-do on a previous post. I've rarely had a problem printing a master image--I calibrate and my prints usually reflect the monitor brightness, needing only minor tweaks if any. But this one fooled me; looking at it long enough in a dim room, I thought the image was fine for a night shot. The prints were WAY too dark. I had to do considerable more work to get it to an acceptable print. The lightening process skewed the color as well--a mid tone curve helped neutralize the color cast; Curve, Exposure, and Brightness/Contrast Adjustment layers in conjunction with Color Range and Luminosity Masks got it to here, hopefully still an acceptable "night" shot. As this is the first after dark shot I've tried to print, I'd welcome any suggestions or comments from anyone else who has had experience with that.