Fourth of July weekend was spent at Aneroid Lake in the Eagle Cap Wilderness of Oregon. Though I did not take a large amount of pictures, my goal was to use the 24mm TSE lens to capture some different views of the lake. The two shots shared here are each composites of two images.
The first image was taken in the evening with the sun setting behind the mountain ridge in the frame. I wanted to include the clear water of the lake and the rocks below. I used a circular polarizer to mitigate the reflection on the lake. I do not believe tilt was involved since the foreground was not very close to the lens. I had forgotten my bubble level so had to eyeball the lake’s horizon. Each image was shifted up/down and overlaps over 50% resulting in a nice 4×5 aspect ratio image.
Another aspect of this image I want to point out is the use of a circular polarizer. Too often I read online people dismissing the need of a circular polarizer on a wide angle lens. Yes, the effect it could have would not deepen the blues within a sky evenly. However, I most enjoy the reflection-cutting ability polarizers have on water. I could not see the bottom of the lake with my own eyes as well as the camera-lens-polarizer combination could. For me, a polarizer on a wide angle lens makes complete sense when shooting water (or wet objects).
The second photo was taken in the morning. Dawn light was nice but I have no regrets missing the light by a few minutes. Just a few clouds; I’m ok with the result I got anyway. This shot required tilting to maximize DOF. I even took three different exposures with a plan of an HDR panoramic stitch. However, the detail in the “normally” exposed image of the three files had enough detail to rescue the highlight data. Again, this is two photos with 50%+ overlaps resulting in a nice 4×5 aspect rato. Using the tilt-shift at the lake was a fun experience.
One last image to prove I explored beyond the lake. This area sits above Aneroid Lake along the Tenderfoot Pass trail.