I looked through the viewfinder of my Canon 6D. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. “Hey Ron,” I said to my friend, “go stand up there for me.”

An hour and a half earlier we had met in Mt. Shasta. He told me he new where I could get great shots of the mountain, so of course I wanted to go and check it out.

But we had to move fast- sunset was approaching.

We tore out highway 97 and turned West on an unmarked dirt road- kicking up dust and bouncing along through the sage brush covered landscape.

Soon we were on an incline headed uphill toward a peak I had never noticed before in the past. It was a good thing we had four wheel drive.

We didn’t ultimately didn’t need it, but we were pushing the envelope.

We climbed out of the truck and I started looking for shots to compose.

It’s interesting how a wide angle lens ( Canon 16-35mm, f/2.8 LII USM ) with an ND filter ( ProMaster 82mm Digital HGX ) can change how you perceive things. That’s why I needed Ron to go stand on the hilltop- just to scale the whole thing.



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