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on Oct 13, 2009 in Landscape Photography, Moose Adventures

Last Morning of The Adventure – Alabama Hills

The Alabama Hills at the base of Mt Whitney have pulled me in for decades. Every time I’m there shooting, I always ask me what is it that keeps pulling me back. Beyond their color, shape and play with light, I’ve not found the answer but I know I’ll keep going back in search of what it is.

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Before the sun even kissed the top of mt Whitney, we were out shooting the sunrise. The glow coming over the White Mtns lights up the hills in very unique ways. With -3 exp comp dialed into the camera, I shot this one face of the hills with the 200-400VR at 320mm. I just really love the play of light around the boulders. The under exposure pumps up the color and heightens the contrast making the face come to life.

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Then, after getting past the signs, I went up and kissed the rocks. The patterns in the cracks and colors are a lifetime study in shape, form and texture. Continuing on with my pursuit of the Tilt function of the PC-E lenses, I looked for patterns that I could capture without using Tilt. I like this one, it’s a miniature of the photo above in its pattern.

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I was up one of the “hills” when the sun peaked over the horizon. I love the God beams coming in, which I had cleaned the front element to remove all the UFOs. I had taken two photos thinking I would merge them to have the information top and bottom but ended up using just one of the images, applying the Nik Neutral Density to the top to bring the detail I want. Once the sun came up, I found something new that took my attention in another direction. mtc

Photos captured by D3x, 200-400 / 85PC-E on Lexar UDMA digital film