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Featured as Earth Shot's Photo of the Day on 7/2/09 ([link]) as well as Photo of the Day on Aperture Academy on 7/9/09 ([link])

This was one of the hardest 1.5 mile hikes I've ever made. You start from the lake down there and hike up this steep, crumbly mountain until you get to this ridge. I damn near killed myself stepping on unstable rocks over and over.

I loved the view here and set up for sunset. It took me about an hour to find a spot and composition I really liked. I really liked this shot more than later ones I took from the same spot, because the sun is falling scross those trees in the front and adds a lot the depth of the image by having a nice middleground subject. Later, those trees were dark and it didn't seem as strong of an image.

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Monument Valley is one of those places you see in movies, but few people actually see in real life. Let me tell you, it's pretty amazing. These gigantic stone spires in the middle of flat desert. I felt so small, and it was nice.

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The Badwater Basin in Death Valley. Usually at this time of year there is no water and you get these cool shapes out in the dried up lake bed from the salt deposits, but this year due to recent rains, the area was covered in 3-5 inches of standing water. It was actually a blessing because there was a mind-blowing sunset and the super still reflections made everything look like a mirror. I was about 200 feet away from shore, out in the middle of the water with my waterproof hiking boots. It was so cool. This sunset was one of the best I've ever seen, and to see it in this kind of location was truly a blessing.

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Mono Lake, CA... Just before sunset. The reflections are my favorite part :)

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This shot won Photo of the Day on Aperture Academy - [link]

Beautiful place. You would guess somewhere tropical, but this is actually up in the Mt. Shasta area of Northern California. I love where I live :)

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For many, waking up to clear, blue skies and temperatures in the eighties sounds close to perfect. However, these circumstances result in rather uninteresting atmospheric conditions and often lackluster sunrises and sunsets. In late September and early October, the Rockies were experiencing just these types of conditions, an Indian summer. After more than a week of waiting for the weather to turn, our patience was rewarded with a pair of magnificent sunrises. The clouds and early light combine to create incredibly dramatic and stunning scene.

Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming
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from a photo trip to the mountains today, my first in a while since being in school.
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A shot from yesterday, 12.8.10, as a 20ft northerly swell came in. This is my first venture to 'my' wave spot. I have a narrow window to try and capture an image in my head and while this isnt it...I likey. Was one of the last shots before the sun went away for the eve. Heavy haze and an incoming front to the west created some interesting lighting. The waves were popping but most of them were more messy than pretty. Got lucky with some cool texture here.

The title might change to "Sauron's Eye"...you decide :P
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Sunrise at Moraine Lake, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada. This lake has been shot over and over, but this composition is a little different. The popular spot is to the left of this shot, with the trees framing the lake, but I liked this spot, cuz it allows you to see more of the reflections of the mountains. Also, the typical shot is with light falling on the mountains, but then you lose the cool pink colors in the sky too, so this is a little different. Enjoy!

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This is Mesa Arch. We had to wake up at 4am to get to this spot before all the other photographers. It's only about 30 feet wide and everyone was overlapping their tripods to get a spot. It was kinda crazy. An amazing spot for sure.

This was super hard to process, so I ended up doing an HDR of 3 bracketed exposures here. I tried to keep it as realistic looking as possible and I think it came out well.

As always, I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I did taking it.

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