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June and July are already nothing but memories. August starts, and brings with it the beginning to the end of summer in the high country.

This exposure was tough for me, unfortunately it is beyond my processing skills to avoid the dark tree tops. When I get some free time I plan to sit down and learn some new tricks to correct these issues. The good news, I'll always have the RAW file to go back and improve when I do. Still, I felt like this one was worth posting.

Canon 5D. 17-40 L. 2SS, 3SS stacked GND filters.

Twin Peaks Wilderness, Utah.
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I had to scramble to get my pack off and get my gear out to get these couple of photos. I had doubts about taking these because I'd been hiking at this point for about 4 1/2 hours and was almost back to the trail head. When I saw how good the light was getting and this nice foreground I couldn't resist trying to get a couple of pics.

Uinta Wilderness, Utah.

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Another stormy evening creates pastel colors and a unique atmosphere.

Great Salt Lake, Utah.

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Cordilleras Blanca in the Parque National Huascaran National Park Peru

Almost the entrie area of this park sits at over 4000m with 22 summits over 6000m.

This is the highest mountain range outside of the Himalayas

Photo is taken near the city of Huaraz from the Cordillera Negra at sunset

Panorama is cropped from a single exposure

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I took my first solo backpacking trip this past weekend to the Red Castle area in the Uinta Mountain Range. Of all the vistas I've seen in my travels, this is definitely one of the most humbling. The place has a true "wild" feel to it, the trailhead is around 12 miles away from this point. I'll have a short journal entry with a couple of the trips highlights.

I still have loads of ideas for photos in the area, I think I'll make this an annual trip.

Canon 5D. 24-105 L. 3SS GND.
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A beautiful light show above Lake Mary in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah.

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about an hour earlier and lower on the mountain:
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I finally had chance to get out for some proper Autumn photography in my local area. I had staked this patch of aspens previously and returned in the morning for what I hoped would be a memorable sunrise.

Wasatch Mountains, Utah.

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As often happens with nature photography great light is coupled with foul weather. This scene was a calm and relaxing prelude to the oncoming storm that blew up and over this exposed ridge. To hear more about that read the story with this photo: [link]

Twin Peaks Wilderness, Utah.

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:iconparkflavor: Chris and I decided to take a weekend backpacking trip to Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak in the Twin Peak Wilderness area of the Wasatch mountains. We both knew the forecast called for a chance of rain but didn't hesitate to head up the trail.

We were gifted some amazing light for photography but paid a price later that night. Earlier in the evening and during sunset I saw some of the best light I've had a chance to photograph. After a productive session we were walking back to our tents and I looked over my shoulder to see a violent lightning bolt strike miles away in the valley below, and I said to Chris half joking, "that storm is probably going to hit us around 2 this morning."

Unfortunately my prediction came true. We were camped on an exposed bluff and all hell broke out at almost exactly 2 am. After severe winds and rain combined with one hell of an active electric storm things finally started to calm down. Our tents were maybe 5 ft apart and we couldn't hear each other yelling at the top of our lungs because of the rain and wind. It sounded like a freight-train passing by. The worst was a bolt that struck so close I was convinced it had hit the tree our tents were next to. We were both shaken by the proximity and the intensity of the lightning and almost had each other convinced to walk the 3 1/2 miles back in the dark at 3:30 in the morning. After a careful examination of the skies and the perceived threat, we decided to stay up on the mountain and walked down the next morning. It was a hell of a good photo adventure, one that I'll not soon forget. I still have a few more shots to post from the light show we witnessed.

If you made it this far, thanks for hanging in there.

Lake Blanche. Wasatch Mountains, Utah.

Canon 5D. 17-40 L. CPL. 3GHS GND.

From earlier in the evening looking down the valley:
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After missing an incredible sunset last night I wasn't about to pass up another chance to capture some quality light. I revisited an area I haven't shot at for a couple of years and it brought back good memories.

We've had some active weather in the area and I went chasing the clouds to find this composition. You can see the high salt levels still found in this ancient lake, for miles the bottom is covered by a thin layer of white crystallized salt.

Great Salt Lake, Utah.

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