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Old 03-25-2016, 09:19 AM   #1
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Photo spot ideas

A long time ago my wife and I talked about finding a spot where we could take four identical panoramas, one in each season, and then frame them and stack them on the wall. I know it's not an original idea, and I could probably buy a poster, but it's not the same as doing it yourself.

After a few years of searching, that perfect spot had eluded us. Now that panoramas on digital phones are so easy to create I'm sure many of you have discovered, like us, that the result never comes close to the reality.

My conclusion is that getting to the highest spot in the area is the wrong approach. The photo needs to be taken from a lower peak looking up at bigger peaks. Or from a valley. There needs to be good vertical relief in the frame which results from being fairly close to the base of the mountains.

The best panoramas I've ever taken were from out west while camping at a small lake ringed with peaks. Clear sight lines, close to the bases and a low relative elevation so it's not dominated by sky.

Finally, it would be great if the hill sides are dominated by deciduous trees. That gives the clear distinction between the seasons.

So, any ideas on a good spot?

Also, any ideas on making spring look distinct from summer? Bare trees with no snow or trees with buds or trees with early light green leaves?
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:44 AM   #2
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I like this place
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:07 AM   #3
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Mt Adams... It won't satisfy the deciduous tree criteria, but it is accessible all four seasons
I have other spots that would be very nice, but really tough to access in winter and spring


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Old 03-25-2016, 11:03 AM   #4
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Cool set of pictures tick magnet!
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:06 AM   #5
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Cool set of pictures tick magnet!
Thanks!

While not the sweeping vista of the High peaks, it's our happy place.
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Old 03-25-2016, 11:47 AM   #6
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The view up John's Brook Valley to Marcy from Baxter Mountain could give you what you are looking for: http://images.summitpost.org/original/815532.JPG

Go early enough in the spring and you could have the trees budding out below with snow still on Marcy.
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Old 03-25-2016, 02:30 PM   #7
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So, any ideas on a good spot?
Not sure if bushwhacking is an option or not, but I spent some time last summer/fall exploring the smaller peaks in the southern Dix Mountain Wilderness.
There are some great panoramic views of the much larger mountains to the west...

Such as the view from Buck Mountain:






...Or the view from Saunders Mountain:






...Or the view from Camels Hump:






...Or the view west from Nippletop Mountain (southeast):







...And my favorite of the bunch, the view from Niagara Mountain:

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Old 03-25-2016, 03:08 PM   #8
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Not sure if bushwhacking is an option or not, but I spent some time last summer/fall exploring the smaller peaks in the southern Dix Mountain Wilderness.
There are some great panoramic views of the much larger mountains to the west...
Nice!!
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Old 03-25-2016, 03:38 PM   #9
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Noonmark or Round

For views for the Great Range, nothing beats the view from Noonmark or Round Mountain . . sun angle is also much better for The Range than from mountains such as Mt. Jo, Cascade, Van Hovenberg, etc.
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