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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Fifty Nine: Using dramatic light at the fringes of the day > Mt. Jefferson, Willamette National Forest, Oregon, 2008
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Mt. Jefferson, Willamette National Forest, Oregon, 2008

This craggy 10,000 foot high volcano is the second highest mountain in Oregon. I made this image a few hours after dawn from Timberline Lodge, about 6,000 feet high up the southern slope of Oregonís highest peak, Mount Hood. I used a 420mm telephoto lens to reach across a fifty-mile distance to bring Mt. Jeffersonís snow-splashed slope into focus. The soft texture of the morning mist carpets the rhythmic flow of the forested valleys that begin in darkness and gradually brighten as they approach Mt. Jefferson. The pinkish glow of early morning sun creates an atmospheric band of hazy coloration across the face of the peak. Later on, a higher sun would render this scene as crisp and clean as a picture post card. But in the early morning light, this hazy image offers more of an impression than a description. The Lewis and Clark expedition named the mountain in honor of US President Thomas Jefferson in 1806.

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Phil Douglis13-Oct-2008 03:46
Your comment, Kathy, underscores the personal nature of expressive photography. Every viewer brings their own context and imagination to bear on an expressive image, and sees a story all of their own.
Kathy Khuner08-Oct-2008 22:22
I am drawn to the spiritual aspect of this wonderful photo - perfect for today (Yom Kipper starts at sundown). As I look at the photo, I can feel what this Yom Kipper journey is about - from base to sublime.
Phil Douglis04-Oct-2008 18:53
This image is all about transitions, Jenene -- the gradual flow of light and color from bottom to top does indeed echo the volcanic origin of this mountain and the process of its creation. You just gave me an idea for a new gallery: the role of transitions in creating mood and meaning. I will keep that in mind as I shoot in the Tetons and Yellowstone next week and Tunisia next month.
JSWaters04-Oct-2008 05:46
It's so wonderful to see one of the Cascade peaks shown in mysterious mist. I'm especially drawn to the layers of color and the transition from dark shadow to green to reddish pink on the mountain summit. The transition underscores the creation of these mountains and accents their beauty.
Phil Douglis02-Oct-2008 21:29
Thanks, Celia, for noting the emphasis on the mysteries of both time and nature here. The early morning haze and hues do indeed enhance the character of Mount Jefferson, while at the same time, they ask questions about it.
Cecilia Lim02-Oct-2008 20:21
There is a wonderful sense of mystery that is being created by the soft hazy colours and intangible reach of Mt Jefferson in the distance. It makes me wonder about the life that this volcano has spawned around it and the changes it has "witnessed" through the years. This mystery is also further deepened by the edgy mix of romance and death that I feel are suggested by the pinks and shades of black in your image. You've gone beyond capturing a picture of a pretty mountain and used the best that the early light has offered to paint life, time and character onto a geological feature. Beautiful work Phil!
Phil Douglis27-Sep-2008 18:55
Thanks, Alina, for seeing the importance of the layering in this landscape. And thanks, Tim, for seeing the symbolic expression conveyed by the morning light -- it is all about the calm before the day.
Tim May27-Sep-2008 18:05
Morning light paints the calmness with a sense of the day to come.
Alina27-Sep-2008 12:44
Dreamlike picture! I like beautiful reddish fog color and calm composition. Big number of layers gives us filing of great distance to the mountain.
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