Picture This!
The Big Landscape: Mountain Views

Our Picture This! Assignment this month was "The Big Landscape: Mountain Views." Readers responded with photos made from East to West with some of the most beautiful peaks in our land, and with some from overseas as well. Of course, folks from out West consider Eastern mountains not much more than foothills, but any feature that rises above the horizon counts in our book. The aim of this assignment was to show much more than the mountain itself, with the architecture, environment, and framing given as much importance as the grandeur of the mountain itself.

Old Smoky

The gently rolling hill of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was the subject of this monochrome study by Jim Plogger. He photographed with a Canon EOS 10D and Canon 24-80mm lens; exposure was f/6.7 at 1/180 sec. He converted to Grayscale mode in Photoshop CS.
© 2005, Jim Plogger, All Rights Reserved

Cloud Enshrouded Peak

David Eagle photographed in the Grand Tetons in Wyoming with a Nikon Coolpix 5700 camera; exposure was f/7.9 at 1/48 sec.
© 2005, David Eagle, All Rights Reserved

Mountain Reflection

Mt. Shuksan and the appropriately named Picture Lake were photographed by Vicky Grady near Mt. Baker in the Northern Cascades, Washington. She worked with a Pentax ZX-7 and Tamron zoom lens on Kodachrome 200 film.
© 2005, Vicky Grady, All Rights Reserved

Cathedral Rock

Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer used a Hoya .6 ND filter and B+W polarizer to achieve the long shutter speed necessary for the depiction of flowing water and elimination of glare from the water and rocks. He worked with a Nikon D70 and Nikkor DX 18-70mm lens atop a Gitzo G 2220 tripod and Manfrotto 486 head. Exposure was f/22 at 1/2 sec.
© 2005, Marcus W. Reinkensmeyer, All Rights Reserved

Glacier And Peaks

Dennis Ardigo made this chilly shot in the area outside Juneau, Alaska, with a Canon EOS 10D and Canon 28-135mm IS lens; exposure was f/16 at 1/500 sec.
© 2005, Dennis Ardigo, All Rights Reserved

Hells Canyon

Mike Katona stitched three shots from his Olympus 3020 camera for this photo of Hells Canyon on the Snake River, Oregon. Exposure was f/5.6 at 1/45 sec.
© 2005, Mike Katona, All Rights Reserved

Approaching Storm

Jan Eitel caught the glowering sky northeast of Salida, Colorado, with a Pentax *ist D camera and Tokina 28-80mm f/2.8 Pro lens; exposure was f/5.6 at 1/250 sec.
© 2005, Jan Eitel, All Rights Reserved

Glade Creek Grist Mill

Pat Stapleton photographed during the height of the fall season in Babcock State Park in West Virginia with a Canon EOS 10D and 28-80mm lens; exposure was f/22 at 1/20 sec.
© 2005, Pat Stapleton, All Rights Reserved


Scott Cramer caught the light in the Gore Range mountains outside Vail, Colorado, with a Nikon F5 and Nikkor 80-200mm lens on Fujichrome 50 film; exposure was f/8 at 1/60 sec.
© 2005, Scott Cramer, All Rights Reserved

Tirolean Landscape

Photographing in Austria, John H. Reiff caught this classic Tirolean scene with a Nikon F4 and Nikkor 28-200mm lens with a polarizing filter on Fujichrome Velvia film.
© 2005, John H. Reiff, All Rights Reserved