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Hydrologic Outlook issued February 11 at 6:14PM PST until February 13 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...WARM, RAINY, AND WINDY CONDITIONS WILL LEAD TO STREAM RISES... A MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN ARRIVES THIS WEEKEND BRINGING RAINS AND WARM TEMPERATURES. MELTING MID AND LOW ELEVATION SNOW, IN COMBINATION WITH THE RAINS, WILL LEAD TO RISES ON MANY OF THE AREA`S STREAMS. MONDAY AND TUESDAY ARE FORECAST TO BRING EVEN WARMER TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH WARM WINDS WHICH WILL INCREASE THE

Overnight

Lo34° Chance Rain and Areas Fog

Friday

Hi44° Chance Showers and Areas Fog

Friday Night

Lo33° Slight Chance Showers and Patchy Fog

Saturday

Hi46° Partly Sunny then Chance Showers

Saturday Night

Lo34° Chance Showers

Sunday

Hi47° Slight Chance Rain

Sunday Night

Lo41° Slight Chance Rain

Washington's Birthday

Hi58° Partly Sunny

Monday Night

Lo43° Slight Chance Rain

Tuesday

Hi54° Mostly Cloudy

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As a documentary photographer, sometimes I end up making photographs in some very unusual lighting. Last Saturday night during the rail jam at Mission Ridge was one example. The organizers had the normal lights that are set up for skiing on the course but they also brought in two portable lighting units to intensify the light. I appreciated the extra light "volume" but it made for some difficult situations. I had to be careful of what I was shooting and from where.

If I got into a certain spot where the subjects were lit from the back and the snow "popped" from the background, I had a small angle of opportunity to make the photograph before the subject would be directly in front of the light bank, rendering the picture unusable. Here is an example.

But the advantages of that crisp outline of the back-lighted trick made up for the inconvenience. Even with the additional light, I had to shoot at a high ISO setting to stop the action but with quality cameras, pixelation didn't seem to be much of a factor.

There were quite a few accidents and I was fortunate to get one of them in pretty good focus. (A little movement blur is seen).

These are some that weren't published. The first, I didn't like because the background was cluttered with advertisements and another photographer.

This didn't work just because he was wearing black - against a black background.

I did like this one quite a bit where he loses a ski but it was redundant with the other crash photo.

And this closeup of snow coming off a board would have been nice but we lacked the publication space to use it.

I've found that most of the time when there are lighting challenges there are lighting rewards.