After missing the balsamroot bloom last year due to the pandemic, nothing was going to stop me this year. Snow and sleet in April on my drive down? No problem. Forgetting a mask and dealing with an extremely full bladder for the last 2 hours of the trip because gas stations require a real mask? Pushed through it. Anti-focus-stack winds strong enough to move flowers from the left side of my frame to the right? Yeah that’s not gonna work. Luckily the next morning was wind-free with good visibility and beautiful alpenglow to boot.
Fun fact: the first time I visited this area a few years ago, I could not for the life of me figure out how to compose foreground flowers with the (very) distant Mount Hood like I had seen in so many beautiful photos. Then I learned focal length blending is a thing.
-Sony A7RIII w/ 16-35 & 70-200
-Foreground: ISO 400, 25mm, f/11, 1/8s
-Background: ISO 100, 120mm, f/11, 1/5s ...