Photographer's Note

"Motive: something (as a need or desire) that causes a person to act" (courtesy of

What's my motivation for photography?

- Not money. I don't have the talent or time for that
- Not to impress others. There are far better photographers on this site than me.
- Not just as a hobby. I have a hard time getting motivated to shoot anything other than nature.

My motivation is the experience of waking up early and trekking to a pre-determined spot, full of anticipation for the beauty I'm about to experience.

It's seeing the sun first kiss the tips of the mountains, then spread gradually to cover the entire valley.

My motivation is the solitude, the stillness, the escape from the noise of "real life," the ability to rediscover myself and rediscover God's creation.

My motivation is the beauty of nature.

This is Lake O'Hara an hour or two after sunrise. After getting a couple inches of snow in spots the previous day, I wasn't too hopeful for the morning. When I woke up at about 5:40 am, the sky was still completely overcast, so I went back to sleep. When I woke up again at about 6:45, the clouds were breaking up. By the time I hurried to Lake O'Hara, the skies were largely clear.

I walked the short trek around the lake, stopping every 20 feet or so to take it all in and shoot. This is Mt. Schaffer, taken about 20 minutes after the sun finally broke through the final clouds and illuminated it.

It was dang cold this morning, a little above freezing at this point once the sun had come out. It got a bit below freezing the night before, as you can see if you look closely at the water in the bottom left corner.

Besides the polarizer, I used a Hitech 2-stop soft-edge grad.

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