Friday, December 17, 2010

Rainier Ranger


Rainier Ranger, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.
In May of 2008, the Paradise Inn reopened in Mount Rainier National Park after two years of renovation. I took photos of the event, but along with gathering images of the beams and foundations inside and the public and dignitaries admiring them, I also ventured outside to photograph the patrol rangers on duty directing traffic. This is Steve Klump, then our chief backcountry ranger, pressed into parking lot duty. He was pretty chipper inspite of the job, so I took one of those classic photos of the Mountain reflected in his glasses. The thing that makes this an especially great picture, for me, is the angle of the shot, looking up at Steve as he looks up at the Mountain.

A confession: the original photo did not have this beautiful blue sky in the background; in fact, it was completely washed out. Still a great picture, but not as aesthetically pleasing. I took another photo taken the same day with lots of sky in it, and supraimposed it behind the image of Steve, to restore the blue sky behind him that you can see reflected in the lenses of his glasses.

Just for fun, here's another photo I took the following month that also includes a reflection (and self-portrait) in someone's mirrored sunglasses.

IMG_2774, originally uploaded by The Bacher Family.

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