I'm off to Death Valley to lead a workshop where we'll photograph (among other things) Badwater, at -282 feet the lowest point in the Western Hemisphere, and 14, 495 foot Mt. Whitney, the highest point in the Continental United States. As the crow flies they’re only 75 miles apart, and only about two hours as the car drives. Pretty cool.
This is a January image of Mt. Whitney photographed from the Alabama Hills. Mt. Whitney is the peak on the right; that’s Lone Pine Peak on the left. This shot was an exercise in persistence (North American Nature Photography Association members can read my “3 Ps of Nature Photography” article in the spring issue of NANPA Currents magazine). I’d spent several days in Lone Pine with the express purpose of photographing Mt. Whitney at sunrise. But Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating, delivering instead a persistent cloud bank that obscured the entire Sierra crest for the duration of my visit to that point.
On the last morning I rose dark and early and checked the sky. The mountains were still socked in, but rather than throw in the towel go back to bed, I headed out for one last try. On the drive up my hope rose as I thought I could see breaks in the still-dark sky. By the time the sun crested the Inyo Mountains to the east I had reached my destination and things were really starting to open up. For nearly an hour my persistence was rewarded with this magical dance of cloud and light on Whitney’s crest.
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