"There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds." -G.K. Chesterton
At 10,023 feet in Haleakala National Park, Maui.
Date Taken: August 17th 2011 Time take: 6:13 AM
Camera Used: Nikon D90 Lens: 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Focal Length: 48mm ISO: 400 Exposure: 1/125 sec at f/22
Reflection: In order to catch the sunrise, I had to wake up at 2 in the morning to get to the highest peak in Maui, which is located in the Haleakala National Park. The temperatures were near freezing and I was afraid that there would be no clouds there. However, the clouds there moved quickly and filled the land like water. It was probably the most beautiful part of nature I have seen with my eyes. The colors of the sun pushed through the clouds, turning the sky into a gradient of blue and black. Then the sky lit with a red glow as the sun broke the clouds. Like a fire, the red colors transitioned into a golden yellow. There could not be a better moment to take a picture. The sky was golden; the clouds resembled a sea of cotton. It was truly magical, a truly rare sight. I was above the clouds for the first time in my life (not counting planes). It is the only time I can say that you have see it to believe it.
Usually when I find a good place to photograph I take tons of pictures and choose the best. This time however I only took 1, well composed, picture, this one. And I personally feel it's one of my best so far.
I will be displaying it at the Vårgårda naturephoto festival in Sweden in a few weeks when my class (Naturephoto course at Ålands folkhögskola) have our exhibition.
Critiques and comments are welcome!
I have slightly darkened the part under the fallen tree since it was just messy and didn't add to the picture at all. Except that, all I did was raise the saturation a bit.
This is without a doubt one of the most incredible places in Arizona. The west fork of oak creek canyon is a autumn wonderland. The deeper you get the more colorful and scenic it becomes. This is from the beginning of the trail at the first of many creek crossings. As you can see, you are treated with beauty right off the bat. What really attracted me to this spot was the rock overhangs that line the canyon walls for much of the canyon. The trail itself is three miles one way and the total length of the canyon is 14. You are able to hike/backpack the entire length of the canyon which is something I would like to do sometime. At the end of the official trail you must wade in water almost the entire rest of the length. The big payoff to this hike is Arizona's version of the famous subway in Zion national park. Although this was by far the most crowded trail I've ever hiked. There is good reason and in the fall people come from all over the world to see the foliage contrasted against the canyon. A place I will more than likely head back to in the future.