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Where Will The Trail Take You?

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Hiking the trail up in Paradise, Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Everytime I go to sleep, I dream. There has never been a time (that I can remember), when I have not dreamed something, good or scary. I don’t know if that means I am sleeping well or not. Sometimes, I wake up from those dreams and can’t get back to sleep, no matter how much I try. This morning is one of those times. When that happens, I get up and come to the laptop to work on photos and ideas for my next National Parks Traveler article. As I was working on this image, an idea popped into my head and I decided to run with it. I’ve been trying to write enough articles for the Traveler to have two, rather than one, photo article a month. I’ll see how long I can continue with that. I remember, once, some years ago, having writer’s block so badly that I considered parting ways with the Traveler. Thankfully, that writer’s block didn’t last for long, because I know I would have regretted a move like that.

In the meantime, this image below was taken in the autumn of 2016 in the Paradise area of the park. Fall is one of those hit-or-miss seasons for Mount Rainier, especially in Paradise. It’s either going to be a clear, blue-sky day with The Mountain out and the huckleberry bushes showing off brilliant shades of orange and red, or it’s going to be a misty, foggy day where a photographer must concentrate on what she can see immediately around her, which in this case, was the trail and the different shades of greens along that trail.

Where will the trail take you?

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Lightroom’s Dehaze Slider Tool

Dehaze Slider

Good Morning, Class – I know it’s been a few days since my last post. You know how it goes. You get busy doing things, either photography or regular home/chore/errands and you find you don’t have time for much else. I wanted to show you some example photos Before/After using a lovely little tool in Adobe Lightroom, called the Dehaze slider. You might find it helpful for some of your own images.

These photos were taken during a 2016 autumn visit to the Paradise area of Mount Rainier National Park, Washington. Autumn, for me, is a magical time to visit any national park, with some caveats. Autumn in Mount Rainier may mean wonderfully crystal-clear skies with The Mountain out in its full splendor, or it might mean you are socked in with low-hanging clouds and fog. While the fog/mist can create some ephemeral, haunting images, it can also get in the way, at times. And, that’s where the Dehaze slider comes in. It really does reduce the amount of whiteness/haziness that you might have in your imagery. The more you move the slider to the right, the more the haze is reduced.

These images are pretty much not edited in any other way than whatever preset I used in Lightroom, along with the Dehaze tool. I didn’t do anything in Photoshop except convert the TIF images to JPG and the color space from ProPhoto RGB to sRGB, with adjustments to the saturation and brightness.

If you use Lightroom for your own photo editing and have never tried out the Dehaze slider, I urge you to play around with it and see whether or not you like it.

Blue Grouse Chick - Before

Blue Grouse chick – before using the Dehaze slider

Blue Grouse Chick - After

Blue Grouse chick – after using the dehaze slider

Hoary Marmot - Before

Hoary marmot – before using the Dehaze slider

Hoary Marmot - After

Hoary marmot – after using the dehaze slider

 

Paradise Visitor Center - Before

 

Visitor center at Paradise – before using the Dehaze slider

Paradise Visitor Center - After

Visitor center at Paradise – after using the Dehaze slider

Copyright Rebecca L. Latson, all rights reserved.

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Photography In The National Parks: My Five Faves From 2017

Evening Blues And Pinks

Happy New Year!  The National Parks Traveler published my first article of the New Year regarding photography in our national parks.  This first article deals with my five favorite images captured in 2017.

To read more, click on the photo to be taken to the article.

 

 

 

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My Favorite Photos of 2016

Sunrise At Lake Louise

The National Parks Traveler has published my January photography article.  Click on the photo to check it out.

 

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Don’t Let A Little Bad Weather Stop You

Where Is Mt Rainier

The National Parks Traveler has just published my latest “Photography In The National Parks” article.  Click on the photo to go to my story.

 

 

 

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Photography In The National Parks: Don’t Forget Those Lodge Photos

My latest photography article has been published on the National Parks Traveler site.  Click on this link to go there and read all about it!

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If You Want To Stay In Paradise, Then Stay At The Paradise Inn

8991_Sunrise At Paradise

Let me begin by saying I love staying in historic lodges within national parks.  Usually, the lodges are constructed of log , wood plank and glass which more or less blends in with the natural surroundings.  Historic lodges always have interesting histories to go with the architecture, and publications may be found in local book stores, or online.

Back in October 2010, during a trip to Washington State, I traveled to Mt. Rainier National Park via Chinook Pass along Hwy 410.

Chinook Pass

Chinook Pass Satellite

My aim was to arrive at the park via the Paradise entrance,  drive up to the Paradise area, and stay a couple of nights at the Paradise Inn.

8993_Paradise Inn

Paradise Inn is located just a parking lot away from the Henry M. Jackson Memorial Visitor Center.  The Inn is a lovely 2-story creation (which now has a large annex of rooms attached to the main lodge).  I wanted to stay in the main lodge and the reservationist obliged me.  FYI, if you plan on visiting this area, then make your room reservations here early; I made my reservations about 4-6 months ahead of time as the place fills up quickly.  In the photo above, my room was the 4th from the far left of the photo, on the upper level.

I chose a room with no bathroom.  There was a sink, but the toilets and showers were down the hall, in separate rooms.  That was OK, but if I ever stay at the Inn again (and I definitely want to do so), then I will try and reserve a room with the toilet/shower in the same room.

Paradise Inn is not the Hyatt Regency nor the Hilton Hotel; it’s not 5-star with all the amenities.  It’s a beautiful, rustic piece of architecture with history and charm.  As with most other park lodgings, it’s all about location, location, location.  My room was clean and basic, which is all I ever ask of any lodging; I’m spending the majority of my day outside anyway, so my main requirement is a bed.  I don’t need radio, television, or  internet.  The room came with a desk upon which I could place my laptop, portable hard drive, and memory card reader.

9005_Paradise Inn Room Interior1

9004_Paradise Inn Room2

The main lobby, as well as the upper level right over the lobby, are the most picturesque portions.

The Lobby:

9017_Paradise Inn Interior

The upper level during the day:

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The upper level at night:

9024-2_Paradise Inn Interior

As you can see from the photos, the furnishings are beautifully rustic.

8982_Lamp Detail

There’s a large restaurant at one end of the Inn; my room was situated over the restaurant and I could hear the clinking of crockery below – a comforting sound to me, rather than an intrusive sound.  There’s also a small “deli” at the other end of the main lodge serving ice cream, bottled drinks, and quick foods like sandwiches, soup, and chili.  Of course there is a gift shop, and even a little mailbox into which you may drop your postcards purchased from said gift shop.  There is no lounge (aka bar aka saloon aka tavern), so if you want a beer or a glass of wine (not accompanied by your meal), you will need to purchase a six-pack or bottle of vino prior to your arrival at the Inn and save it for when you get back to your room.

Paradise Inn is a stone’s throw away from trails of varying lengths, paved and unpaved, all of which afford the visitor stunning views of Nisqually Glacier and The Mountain itself .

9177_Path To The Mountain

9122_Mt Rainier at Paradise

You can see all sorts of things in addition to The Mountain.

9082_Deer In the Morning

8957-2_Becky and The Mountain

One of my goals was to photograph the Inn all lit up at night.

9030-2_Paradise Inn At Night

9034-2_Paradise Inn At Night

Oh yeah, I also made it a goal to get a photo of myself with the Paradise Inn (to prove I was there and….ok…..to use for bragging) Winking smile

9021_Paradise Inn with Becky

If you get a chance to stay at the Paradise Inn, you won’t be sorry.

8983-2_Trail To The Inn

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