Mount Shasta – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

I was on a quick two day road trip this week with my son-in-law traveling from Phoenix to Seattle. We had a short time frame to meet, so we had two very intense driving days to get up to Seattle (the good news for me, I flew back to Phoenix, so only had the drive one way). Anyone that follows my blog knows that I never go anywhere without my camera….you just never know!!

Because we had such a tight timeframe, there really wasn’t much opportunity to stop and take pictures, but I was able to grab some shots of Mt Shasta when we stopped for breakfast in Mount Shasta, California. With the amount of moisture that has been hitting the western US (much needed for California), the amount of snow on Mt Shasta was incredible, as you can see by the pictures. Tidbits about Mt Shasta: It is a volcano that sits on the southern end of the Cascade Mountain Range in Northern California and has an elevation of 14,179 ft. It last erupted in 1786.

Upon arriving back home and reviewing the shots, I thought that part of the series I hurriedly took would make a great example of framing a shot either while you are taking a picture or afterwards if you have the right software.

Mount Shasta One

Mount Shasta One

This first capture I created using the zoom feature of my lens to frame the shot. I was standing in a parking lot right outside of the restaurant.

Mount Shasta Two

Mount Shasta Two

This capture gives you the look and feel of what I was actually seeing in my line of site…..again, the first shot was my zoom lens framing the shot above the Shell gas station (notice the tree branches that were in the first shot).

Mount Shasta Three

Mount Shasta Three

Another approach if you don’t have a strong zoom lens or just didn’t use it, is this method. This capture is from the second shot….I cropped it in Photoshop to eliminate the “street noise” of the other picture.

I think both methods created the final image that I was looking for. Thoughts?

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33 thoughts on “Mount Shasta – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

  1. Dan Antion

    My Shasta is one of several pretty mountains in the Cascades. You did a great job capturing it. I am familiar with the general area you took your picture from, Kirt. My daughter and I drive by there, heading south on a loop up the coast and then back down.

  2. Jet Eliot

    I love Mount Shasta and that stretch of highway every time I am up that way. And I have never seen the mountain looking so utterly gorgeous, with all that fresh snow. Lovely photos, Kirt, and thanks so much for sharing the mountain views with us.

  3. Teagan Geneviene

    Gasp! The view was just more than I was expecting after reading terms like “road trip” and “quick time frame”. It caught me by surprise. Kirt, this is a spectacular view no matter how I look at it. Have a wonderful Wednesday. Mega hugs!

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you very much Teagan…so many shots I wished I could have stopped for on our drive….with all the rain along the west coast…everything is so green and lush…beautiful!!

  4. reocochran

    I really liked the way you showed your process, Kirt. I would like the clean shot framed on the wall, while the other one has interest and gives unique additional colors to the Mt. Shasta shot.

      1. reocochran

        You’re welcome and I thought you captured a great photograph, Kirt.
        Real scenery sometimes adds a different dimension which the original photo displayed. 🙂
        The way you altered it, showed artistic flair. 🙂

  5. Sue Slaght

    Kirt I remember a post of yours long ago where you advised taking a wider shot and then later editing like this. I’ve taken that advice to heart and it is often very helpful.

    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      With all of the rain the west has received this winter…I wish I could have taken more shots along the way….everything is so green and lush…Oregon was stunning as was Washington state.

  6. Tofino Photography

    thoughts?…….normally I keep quiet about these things. We each approach similar situations differently. Bringing your camera with you like your wallet is a perquisite! If you don’t but a ticket to the dance,you ain’t going to dance. You had a time element,which was unfortunate.Trying to get a shot does require thought.I’ve made up a acronym…..”P.E.T.” Place,Equipment,Time
    Being at the right place,at the right time with good equipment cannot be overly stated.It is mandatory. Trying to get a meaningful shot while under the time gun is almost impossible. Luck can fill in sometimes but you can’t rely on it. Any Pro on a shoot for Nat Geo knows that dilemma.
    You were near the right place with the right equipment but the wrong time.For sweeping vistas like this I personally only shoot at dawn or sunset.I try to get those long wavelengths to add icing to the cake. Also, the location……….down too low.Too many obstacles in your way.I would try to find a place up higher. To the west of Shasta for sunset & to the east for sun rise.(you’d have to check the weather forecast btw,No clouds would be excellent,no clouds at sunset or for sun rise) So you’d have to scout out the terrain during the day with the aid of maps to find your sweet spots.(you’d need a good 4X4 to access these spots or snowshoes)I would do a sweeping panoramic myself,with some close ups.Once the light hits,you won’t have time to move around.It’ll all be over in a matter of minutes.
    Thats what I would do.Sorry for being long winded Kirk. Figuring out a shot requires most of the work.Taking the picture is easy.


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