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First Light on Manly Beacon - Death Valley

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 14 February 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

As the full wolf moon (when the moon gets closest to the earth, it appears very large and is called a wolf moon) sets, the rising sun illuminates Manly Beacon. This illumination lasts only for a moment. Every one of the about 30 photographers who were lined up at the Zabriski Point overlook with their tripods pointed west knew, as I did, that they had better be there early so as not to miss the morning show. On this particular February morning, the rising light was made so much more special by the setting sun, which gave a special grace note to the whole scene.

NIKON D90 1/3 second F/16.0 ISO 200 75 mm (35mm equiv.)

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K.B.R from Switzerland

Absolutly fantastic landscape, 5* to the moon

14 Feb 2010 2:17pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


14 Feb 2010 4:05pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

5* ...faboulous!

14 Feb 2010 5:30pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

What a fabulous moment! The light is magical and you must feel so fortunate.
Great shot.

14 Feb 2010 7:59pm

alex centrella from California, United States

stunning light !

14 Feb 2010 10:06pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the light and its illumination are indeed sensational! you have composed the scene well with great DOF and really controlled the light well!

15 Feb 2010 1:43am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Another lovely shot. Now I know why people like Death Valley.

15 Feb 2010 2:40am

Barbara from Oakland, United States

Did I say setting sun? Whoops! I mean setting MOON! Funny - I proofread and skipped right over that - knew in my mind what I wanted to say!

15 Feb 2010 5:46am

Sylvie from entre Angers et Saumur, France

Un monde imaginaire !

15 Feb 2010 12:28pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

This is beautiful. I never tire seeing it through different eyes and different vantage points. It's as if I am walking along witnessing it too.

15 Feb 2010 9:28pm

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

Simply wonderful, Barbara!

18 Feb 2010 3:58pm

1/3 second
ISO 200
75 mm (35mm equiv.)