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Out shooting the Bristlecone Pines with Nolan :iconnarmansk8:
It was great to finally get to see the forest for myself. The Bristlecone Pine trees are considered to be one of the oldest living organisms on the planet, some of which are well over 4000 years old. The skeletal remains of the dead trees make for some interesting shooting subjects.
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_______Tech Info

   Pentax K20D
   Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4,0-5,6 DC HSM
   Slik 780 DX Pro | SH-807E
   Aperture: f/6,7
   Shutter Speed: 55s
   ISO-Value: 100
   Focal Length: 14mm
   Filters: Hoya Pro1 ND8, Hoya Pro1 Circ. Pol
   Time: 5:27am

_____Random Info
   This is my 2nd approach at the Lac Blanc situated in the Aiguilles Rouge in France. This shot was taken a little later than the horizontal approach and this time I had my circular polarizer on to cleanse the lakes surface of the reflection but only so much that the waters actual color does become visible to contrast the gentle violet tones of the morning light also because it did start raining and the surface wasn't as still anymore. Furthermore the light cinnamon tones of the stones fit into the image quite well I suppose. In contrast to the other image which is linked below I did adjust the white balance here a bit more to add a warmer feeling which seemed natural due to the sunrise's light peeking through the clouds here and there; you can actually see it on the rocks on the right side of the cottage.

   Due to the lowered aperture value I felt like focusing a little more on the foreground instead of the mountains as I did in the first image was advantageous in this case.

_______Update Info
   Recently I have been looking through some more pictures here and there, editing new ones and also looking through old ones and changing some things here and there. So I figured I add some more tonality via the levels tool in this picture and do a new channel blend to get the stones in the foreground a little crisper.

   Here you can see the first approach as well as read some more information about the location and how SvenMueller and I got there:

   Last Known Surroundings by NicolasAlexanderOtto

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A sunrise shot from my first morning visiting Yosemite National Park. A beautiful place! The grandeur is amazing! I hope to make it back sometime soon. Thanks for taking a look.
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Great shooting conditions at Mono lake. :)
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As soon as I arrived back in Marquette, I was very excited to photograph a few locations I have had on mind for quite some time. I decided to wake up at 6 AM my third day back to venture out to Sand River. Sand River is only about fifteen miles outside of Marquette, heading towards Munising. The forecast was for primarily overcast skies, but I was feeling antsy, I would not wait another day to photograph the location. I reached Sand River and the conditions seemed to match the weather report, overcast, so I approached the scene in a subtle manner.

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I have always seen sand dunes as a symbol of nature's beauty, how a vast space filled just with sand can hold so much beauty within. It is also a symbol of untouched primitive nature, as it is just formed by the wind, carrying the sand particles from one place to another. For millions of years, these wind currents have forged these wonderful shapes, scattered all over these vast landscapes, looking like a carefully sculptured and cut wooden surface, in some sort of a magical slowly occurring divine process.

For me, it is such a great pleasure sitting on these dunes, on the soft warm velvet sand, feeling the wind and watching it blowing the sand over the edge of a nearby dune... it’s like watching the hands of God in action, shaping the world we live in... or like witnessing a cosmic phenomenon, like a new star being born... since they are all about mere natural factors working together to create something new, without any interference... an endless hymn, that takes place around us, without us even noticing...

I always wanted to capture these ideas with photography, and finally I think I am close in a way, this photo was shot in the desert around Siwa Oasis in Egypt. Our guide took us to this place, and the moment I stepped out of the car, I was charmed by its endless beauty, I noticed this blown away sand at a distance, I grabbed my zoom lens and looked into view finder, and here they were, these plaits of sand racing each other up the dune, and on the edge of the bright dune in the foreground you see this soft band, it is not out of focus, it is just the sand blown away!

other shots from the same area

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Western Egyptian Desert around Siwa Oasis... the most beautiful desert i ever saw!
other shot from the same area

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The sun sets over a rock formation on the South African Highveld Escarpment.

Manual blend of 3 exposures for dynamic range.

This photo is Copyrighted. © Morkel Erasmus Photography. All rights reserved. No unauthorised use allowed.
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A picture of the beautiful autmn colors in the Vanoise national Park near Plan du Lac in the French Alpes.

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