Thursday, May 5, 2016

Following are the latest set of images I have taken of the mountains of the Wasatch Front.  In particular these are of Mt. Timpanogos (MT) which is in Utah County, Utah.  The towns of Alpine, Pleasant Grove, Highland, American Fork are at the foot of this mountain, the second tallest peak on the Wasatch Front.  The mountain is situated north/south meaning that it gets direct sunlight all day.  There are very few shadows as it is also has a very steep west facing slope.  For this reason I did think I had much of a chance to get any good images of MT.  Early morning and late afternoon always had extreme haze which just washed everything out.  But, while sitting in a coffee shop one the other morning I happened to look out the window about 10 AM and the face of MT was crystal clear and their were shadows.  I realized this was due in part to the fact that the sun was still in the southern sky.  So I quickly got out my camera and went to work shooting images, first from the parking lot.  I hopped into my car and drove around the various streets of American Fork and Pleasant Grove looking for vantage points and different angles from which to take pictures.  What you see below are a few of those images.  There were clouds in the sky which also cast shadows on the mountain side.  The general rule of thumb is that you take your photos early in the morning or late in the evening.  Well, in general, that may be true.  But there is more to it than that.  Take into consideration what you are photographing, what direction it faces and the time of year as well as the time of day.  Otherwise you might miss the best time to take that image.

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