I have been sharing my saga lately where I'm trying to get this certain landscape photo of Mount Lassen from Tehama county for a client of mine. I have been hiking and getting up pre-dawn countless mornings and I've finally managed a great sunrise. While this is a great shot, it wasn't my #1 comp. When I was heading out, I saw some very thin and almost non-existent clouds, so rather than hike out two miles in the dark for a meh sunrise, I shot on the the side of the road here where there is a pretty good view.
As one thing led to another, the sky blew up and finally got a great shot. I was kicking myself for not doing the hike a seventh time. There are other great shots I bagged along the way, but none that were explicitly what my client wants. I still want my A-shot with this kind of sunrise, so I'm going to keep my eyes on the weather report and stand ready to head out again.
I've hiked 24 miles, driven to and scouted ten different locations for this one shot. Who said landscape photography was easy?
This is a single exposure double processed. One frame for the forgound and one for the sky. I blended them together using luminosity masks. f/8 1/3 sec 48mm ISO 100. Nikon D90 18-105 f/3.5-5.6