How To: Make Great Nature Photos Late in the Summer

Look no further than MT. Rainier National Park in Washington

Lupines Covered in Frost

Plant found these after a chilly night, and shot them with a 5D Mark II and 24–105mm f/4L lens; 0.8 sec at f/22, ISO 100. A tripod was used for all photos.

Trees Covered in Lichens

Rainier’s lush rainforests come alive when backlit. This shot was made using a 5D Mark II with 24–105mm f/4L Canon EF IS lens; 1/6 sec at f/16, ISO 400.

Rainbow at Spray Falls

Shooting in the afternoon on a sunny day, Plant used the 5D Mark II and 17–40mm f/4L lens with a polarizer for the shot at 0.6 sec at f/20, ISO 100.

Shadow of Mt. Rainier in the Sky

This phenomenon occurs during early morning twilight. Plant shot with a 5D Mark II and 24–105mm f/4L lens with a 2-stop split ND filter; 1/15 sec at f/8, ISO 400.

Mazama Ridge

Ian Plant shot this field of wildflowers above early morning valley fog with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and 17–40mm f/4L Canon EF lens fit with a 2-stop split ND filter and a polarizing filter; 13 sec at f/16, ISO 400.