Mt Rainier and reflections by freebilly

This photo was taken in a foggy early morning. The lake was so calm that it’s like a mirror.

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Refresh by dss1960

I have been on 500px for a year now and I’ve had the time of my life. This is a “refresh” of an image I posted titled “Pointing Cameras at Stuff”. I wish I could just replace it, but I have to repost. It would be nice to just hit that “refresh” button.

I received a lot of comments and good advice encouraging me to post pictures I like and not worry about what others think. I discovered I wasn’t crazy about that version of the pic. I’ve learned so much since then – not just about light painting, warping, etc. – but the real complicated stuff like making sure it’s 16 bit when converting from RAW.

It’s Thanksgiving in America, a time to reflect and give thanks for what we have – a time to “refresh” and focus on what’s really important – faith, family and friends. As we near a new year. may we all be able to hit that “refresh” button.

I want to say thanks for all the “likes” and “no likes” you’ve all given. Each has made me just a bit better at the photography I love so much.

Special thanks to Eamon, Martin, Michael, Nathan, Miles, Ryan, Perri and Chris for all your encouragement and advice. I appreciate it.

Whether you celebrate the formal holiday or just keep the spirit of the holiday in your heart – I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

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Mt. Rainier in Infrared by connorsurdi

After I finished the 4 mile hike that felt like it took forever….I turned around and this is what I saw. It was insanely beautiful. I took this with my infrared camera so everything that is white, was green. Hope you enjoy!

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The Chess Game by dss1960

For 30 years now, I’ve played a chess game with the weather. I’ve wanted this shot of Mount Rainier from Chinook Pass with early snow. But, this shot has always eluded me – until this year.

Usually, the rain/snow begins in late October and the mountain remains unseen until spring. Other years when it’s dry, the lake freezes over before a significant snowfall. Personal schedules have also got in the way. In addition, the road getting here usually closes by the end of November.

But, this year, I got it. It’s not spectacular and it certainly isn’t checkmate. More like my pawn taking the rook. Even though it’s just a pretty picture, I’m happy with it. Sometimes, “pretty” is just fine – especially after 30 years.

With winter holidays approaching, this image brings a certain Christmas carol to my mind. “Joy to the world, the Lord is come. Let earth receive her king. Let every heart prepare him room. And heaven and nature sing . . . And heaven and nature sing”

On this morning, heaven and nature sang loud and proud.

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Lifesong by dss1960

Evening at Mount Rainier

“I once was lost, but now I’m found.
So far away, but I’m home now.
I once was lost, but now I’m found;
And now my lifesong sings.

I once was blind, but now I see.
I don’t know how, but when he touched me,
I once was blind, but now I see.
And now my lifesong sings

I once was dead, but now I live.
Now my life to you I give.
I once was dead, but now I live.
And now my lifesong sings.”

John Mark Hall

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