Mount Rainier National Park Travel Photography
Mount Rainier National Park Photographer’s Paradise
With its stunning landscapes and vistas, the park is a great place to capture some beautiful shots. There are plenty of great spots within the park to snap some photos, including:
- The Paradise Visitor Center: You can get some great views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding area.
- Reflection Lakes: These lakes offer some great reflections of Mount Rainier, making for some beautiful photos.
- Sunrise Point: As the name suggests, Sunrise Point is a great spot to capture the sunrise.
- And many other great spots to do photography.
Panorama Point: This point offers panoramic views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding area. So, whether you’re a professional photographer or a hobbyist, Mount Rainier National Park is a great place to get some great shots.
Mount Rainier National Park is in Washington State, a great state. We loved this trip; although we hit a lot of rain in June, it was still incredible. Some rainforest areas that the staff fell in love with that changed our whole perspective on rain. The elk just blew us away. We stood with this pack of elk for over an hour with our Canon 100-400mm lenses. We were all waiting for the baby to wake up and stand up. Mama fell asleep while we were next to her, telling her to wake up the baby. They let Pam right into the herd.
The mountain rises quickly, with elevations of a little over 14,000 feet. There are valleys, waterfalls, and more than 25 glaciers. There was a volcano that we didn’t see. It was shrouded in clouds. There are enormous amounts of rain and snow in this park. That’s what makes unbelievable rainforests possible.
Mount Rainier Is known for:
• Breathtaking vistas, forests, and waterfalls.
• In the extreme west of Washington state.
• National Park visitor center.
• More than five million visitors.
• A portion of the park was designated a national conservation area.
Mount Rainier National Park Photography Locations
Reflection Lake – Lower Tipsoo Lakes, Little Tipsoo Lake
Mount Rainier National Park Photography – We came into the park on Route 706 East. This great little town on the way in has some spots you will want to stop and photograph. You can see the little church, The Mount Rainer Scenic Railroad, and just a few cool things around the small town. It’s a good time to stop here for food at the Mount Rainer Railroad Dining Co. Be sure to get some food and or snacks. There is only one more stop for food along the way and again at the top of the mountain, and it’s costly.
There are a few spots not to miss along the way for photography and the family. Ex Nihilo Sculpture Park, along the way to Mt. Rainier National Park, is the brainchild of Washington artist Daniel Klennert. This is a must-stop spot, especially if you are an artist. If you are traveling with family, they can stay busy while you have time to take some pictures. Right past there, on the way to the park, stop here and pick up some goodies. It’s all one road, so you can’t get lost.
Christine Falls – One of many waterfalls in Mount Rainier National Park
Mount Rainier National Park – Christine Falls
This spot is not to miss as you drive along the road to Mount Rainier. There are few places to park off this busy spot, but you should find enough parking spots if you get there early on a weekday. We enjoyed this spot for about an hour, and it was one of the only picturesque areas we found on our journey. We visited this day solely to photograph it. It was cloudy/foggy and rainy that day, so we did not experience some of what Mount Rainier had to offer viewing-wise.
We had to find the exact place to see the falls without the tree limbs our way. This first picture was shot at four sec. f/22, ISO 100. f/22 and ISO 100 are standard for your waterfall photography, and you must be on a tripod to do a long exposure. Your shutter speed will vary depending on your filter. We like the Tiffen 1.2, which we used here. It only gives a slight color cast and is easily correctable. It was enough on a cloudy/rainy day to easily allow a 4-second exposure. See Neutral Density Filters and learn about them here if you are unfamiliar with them. Have some lens clothes handy when shooting in the rain, and don’t forget your lens hood and camera raincoat.
Be right back with the image.