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Old October 16th, 2014, 03:02 PM
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Artist Point.....part 1 of 2

We took a short overnight trip up to Mt Baker/Mt Shuksan in mid September, arriving at the Heather Meadows/Artist Point area late afternoon. Artist Point is on the northern flank of Mt Baker, just above the Mt Baker ski area, with Mt Shuksan to its immediate NE and across a valley. Presented in order taken.

1. While there are trails across Artist Point and its very fragile terrain, there's also lots of rock. Most folks don't appreciate that even on such rocks clings life (lichens, etc). Here is a shot looking NE into Mt Shuksan.

Canon 5D II, 24-105mm @ 67
ISO-100, f-14, 1/20 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

2. Artist Point is really a ridge with tremendous viewpoints in all directions. Here is one of the 1st tarns ascending the trail. Other hikers retained to give scale.

Canon 5D II, 24-105mm @ 35
ISO-100, f-14, 1/40 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

3. Looking across the valley that separates Mt Baker/Artist Point from Mt Shuksan. The trail to Lake Ann starts down the access road a short way, DESCENDS down the valley (left to right) and then ascends up thru the saddle located on the distant ridge below the lowest snowfield on Shuksan and immediately upon Lake Ann....an 8 mile round trip. You MIGHT be able to see the thin line of trail ascending diagonally up the scree slope.

Canon 5D II, 24-105mm @ 32
ISO-100, f-14, 1/8 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

4. I haven't been here in several years....but you'd think that I could remember that you need to be at Picture Lake (as aptly named a lake as exists!) earlier than expected due to shadowing from a ridge behind to the west. Still, the foliage was a bit early yet thus the foreground in silhouette wasn't a total waste!

Canon 5D II, 24-105mm @ 40
ISO-100, f-14, 1/8 sec., polarizer
tripod, MLU, cable release

5. Opting to stay overnight, we hoped to catch a great star show and even have a crack at optomistic reports of northern lights. After a day of blue sky, evening brought a layer of hazy clouds and an unexpected (not checked) nearly full moon...so neither! "Make lemonade...", letting the moon go overexposed to capture some detail in the surroundings.

Canon 5D II, 24-105mm @ 105
ISO-800, f-9, 30 sec.
tripod, MLU, cable release

As always, your comments & critique are appreciated.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 03:25 PM
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Re: Artist Point.....part 1 of 2

Beautiful series Russ and well shot! You just put another place on my to visit list
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Old October 16th, 2014, 03:30 PM
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Re: Artist Point.....part 1 of 2

Viktor, thanks for the comments. Do you recognize the mineral providing the distinct orangish area on the left ridge? I'd assume its a ferric/ferrous oxide of some sort.
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Re: Artist Point.....part 1 of 2

Heh, no, from a distance I can't tell what it is, only that it's brown-red dirt... What I can say is that the rocks are all volcanic there, so it's probably the result of chemical weathering of some sort of volcanic rock. I just looked it up, and in the area there are andesites, rhyolites, hydrothermal alteration of rocks and other deposits, so I'd have to see the rock up close to see what it is, and then determine what the weathering product of that rock would be. Seeing how localized it is, I would guess that it's either hydrothermal or a dyke. That being said, the most common mineral to give rocks/sediment that kind of colour is iron rust, and if it's an iron rich rock to begin with, then it would make sense. So yes, you are correct that it's probably that, but I can't be sure - there are many other minerals that can give rock the same colour.
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Re: Artist Point.....part 1 of 2

Russ these are stunning !! I LOVE the reflected images !! I love em all actually but the reflected ones POP off the screen,, are these SOOC or are you editing them ? the shadow areas in a few are quite dark and if you shot in RAW you could recover some detail there but I love em !!
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Loving the reflection shots Russ, I like the inclusion of the hikers in #2.

The water in #4 is about as perfect as you could get for a mirror effect.
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Re: Artist Point.....part 1 of 2

wonderful series. I hope I don't cause confusion next week when I post pics of Artist Point......in Yosemite

Too many places with the same name. What's funny is the Yosemite "Artist Point" is near "Inspiration Point" which inspired the whole idea of a National Park.

Those reflections you got in your lake shots are just fabulous. Seems whenever I visit any lake the wind is blowing ripples galore.
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Re: Artist Point.....part 1 of 2

Great series Russ You make me want to get the camera gear out and head north. How tough a hike, elevation gain and length?
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Re: Artist Point.....part 1 of 2

great series, Russ! i quite like the shots with the tarns on Huntoon Point... i've been to Artist Point several times, but haven't hiked out to Huntoon Point in a couple of years. something to add to my list for next year! that area has to be some of the most breathtaking scenery in the state!
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Jim, John, Clark, Jerry, & Rocky,
Thanks for viewing and your comments.

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.........are these SOOC or are you editing them ?......
Sort of!!! These are resized by pulling into Paint, selected and pasted into the primitive editor within MS Outlook for slight retouching....embarrassing!!!

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........ How tough a hike, elevation gain and length?
About as easy as it comes! The hiking area is virtually same elevation as the terminus parking lot at Artist Point, a trailhead for other longer hikes, ie Chain of Lakes, Ptmarigan Ridge etc. Its actually Kushan Ridge that's no more than a 1/2 mile long (without dropping over the edge!) with spurs and LOTS of photo ops.
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