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Daybreak over the Alabama Hills and Mt. Whitney

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 19 February 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

After the full moon had slipped behind the Sierras, another show started to happen to the east. As the rising sun began its daily ascent, it cast a magical orange glow over the Alabama Hills. This light is fleeting - a photographer must work fast to capture its radiance before the whole scene is washed out in the bright early morning light. I framed this image so that the peak of the Alabama Hills on the right would echo the peak of Mt. Whitney to the left, making a composition of complementary shapes.

I feel so fortunate to be able to access magical places like this, just a few hours from my home here in Oakland. And I enjoy sharing these moments with the rest of you. Let us never forget what a wonderful planet we live on, and let us do all in our powers to protect our earth.

NIKON D90 1/15 second F/16.0 ISO 200 112 mm (35mm equiv.)

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KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

wow....fantastic landscape!

19 Feb 2010 7:21am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria


19 Feb 2010 11:27am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Stunning light! Excellent composition and detail.

19 Feb 2010 2:25pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

You are truly spoiled having this so near to you! What a great opportunity to learn when the light is just right. I think you've mastered it here, perfectly!

19 Feb 2010 4:36pm

sluggishslacker from Jurong, Singapore

You are very fortunate indeed!
What a beautiful composition with the alternating light/shadows against the mountains.

19 Feb 2010 6:12pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Fabulous Barbara, the foreground is astonishing.

19 Feb 2010 7:24pm

David from Detroit, United States

I love the relationship between the foreground and background. Excellent.

19 Feb 2010 8:46pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Love those warm tones - beautiful scene!

21 Feb 2010 5:55pm

Stu from Scotland | Residing in Kyoto, Japan

Absolutely magnificent!

25 Feb 2010 2:21pm

Gildas from Montreuil-sous-Bois, France

La lumière est sublime.

27 Mar 2010 3:46pm

1/15 second
ISO 200
112 mm (35mm equiv.)