Interesting Photo of the Day: The Clouds Parted Right Before Sunrise

It’s amazing how much photography can inspire us. Every image created can provide a different perspective for others, leading them to create their own special masterpieces. Unfortunately, not every photo shoot begins successfully. But Portland based landscape photographer Steve Schwindt learned the valuable lesson that what starts off as disappointment can eventually lead to breathtaking results:

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photo by Steve Schwindt (Via Imgur. Click image to see full size.)

After carefully watching the weather forecasts and wanting to capture the wildflowers near Mount St. Helens, Schwindt and his wife took a trip for a nice relaxing photo shoot. Regrettably, it didn’t quite work out the way he had planned. Once they arrived, between the fog and rain, they could barely see 10 feet in front of themselves.

Due to the weather (and a little bit of indecision), the couple decided to wait it out to see if things got better in time for a sunrise shoot. At first glance, it didn’t seem promising. When the duo woke up at 4:30 AM, there were still clouds across the sky. However, after spotting a couple other photographers, Schwindt decided to head up the trail to Loowit Lookout. Fortunately for everyone, about five minutes before sunrise, the clouds parted creating the perfect Mount St. Helens backdrop for his daisy shoot, proving yet again that patience and perseverance are often the key to success.

Camera Settings

  • Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
  • Background: ISO 100, 1/60 of a second, f/11, 17 mm
  • Flowers (8 Exposures for clarity and focus): ISO 500, 1/10 of a second, f/9, 17 mm

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