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Rainier Vista

Rainier VistaI haven’t had much time to post lately, so I thought I’d throw something quick out there. One of the classic views on the University of Washington campus is of the Rainier Vista. The Rainier Vista consists of a view down between several university buildings, over the Drumheller Fountain (also known as frosh pond in my long ago days as a student), to Mount Rainier. If you are ever on the campus, this is a shot not to miss.

Perhaps the best time to shoot the Rainier Vista is at sunset, particularly if you want to have some of the classic university buildings in your composition as they are usually lit up at night. If you hit it just right, you can get alpenglow on the mountain balancing nice light on the buildings. I’ve never been that lucky.

But you can also make nice images in the afternoon as well. These were taken in mid-afternoon several weeks ago. A polarizer helps a lot to cut the haze in front of the mountain. Pick a telephoto lens to really draw the mountain into the frame, or a wide-angle lens to de-emphasize the mountain.

While at the university, check out the Graduate Reading Room in the Suzzallo Library as well.

Drumheller Fountain

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5 responses

  1. Very nice pictures..

    June 25, 2015 at 1:24 pm

  2. Love the way you share information Joe. It’s really appreciated and thank you for keeping us up to date!

    June 25, 2015 at 8:41 pm

  3. Haven’t seen this perspective of Rainer before. Nice! 🙂

    June 27, 2015 at 7:17 am

  4. Reblogged this on tom23401 and commented:
    View of university of Washington campus.

    July 3, 2015 at 3:41 pm

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