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If there were ever an image that showcased an intense sense of feeling for me than this was it. The title pretty much sums it up. Standing here alone in the pre sunrise glow in the cool crisp eastern sierra air beneath these beautiful mountains is something I won't soon forget. Arriving in the dark almost hitting a healthy group of deer, I wandered about until I found something of interest. Luckily, there were some wildflowers blooming. These bright yellow mule ears caught my attention and I searched for the perfect plant to photograph. Believe it or not, the exposure times started at roughly 20 seconds, and I had to worry about the slight breeze swaying the flowers around. After the light broke over the horizon, I was able to get the exposure to less than 5 seconds and I tried my best to block any sort of wind from blowing the flowers around. I was hoping there would be clouds, but even without them this ended up being a very colorful scene. With nobody around for miles, the only sounds being the morning breeze and distant rushing water of Mcgee creek I truly felt as if I was the first person to view this landscape. It was true bliss and one of the few moments where I truly and spiritually connected with nature. Everyone should experience a morning like this.

John muir wilderness- California.

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540x720px 241.8 KB
Canon EOS 7D
Shutter Speed
2/1 second
Focal Length
17 mm
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Date Taken
May 24, 2012, 5:49:17 AM
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MisspentHopesxx's avatar

That's the best, isn't it? When you can venture out into the world while most of it's still sleeping and it's just you, your gear, and your creativity. Though I usually have my dog with me. lol There's nothing like it. Especially when you're in such a beautiful spot like this. The colours you've captured are so lovely, especially the mountains in the back. It's very complimentary to the yellow flowers in the foreground. Very crisp shot, too.

SabbathSibby's avatar
This is a very nice photo!

Which lens did you use?
PeterJCoskun's avatar
Thank you! I used a canon 17-40mm
emptyfile's avatar
Lovely! I like this flowers on first plane.
Snapplemunk's avatar
This is one of my favorite pictures of yours ^-^ I love your description and I sympathize whole-heartedly. I had a similar experience in Sequoia Nat'l Park... off the beaten path quite a ways the trees opened up to this spring-green meadow so verdant that all I could see was that shade of green. There were no cars, no other people, just me and the birds and the meadow... I actually had to remind myself to start breathing again <:3 If everyone had an experience like that, I don't think there would be any more wars.
PeterJCoskun's avatar
Thank you I appreciate it! These are the kinds of moments that make the adventures worth it. Pure solitude.
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Bojkovski's avatar
wonderful work
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Puuronen's avatar
Wonderful! The background is the final touch. Wonderful composition!
MarietteBerndsen's avatar
Everyone should experience a morning like this.
PeterJCoskun's avatar
Yes they should.
ErinMariel's avatar
really, really nice shot!!!
theresahelmer's avatar
Superb, and I adore the information that came with the shot. Thank you so much for sharing it with us
PeterJCoskun's avatar
No problem and thank you for looking!
snaphappy101's avatar
really wonderful pic! :)
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