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Whitney Arch at Sunrise, Alabama Hills, California

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 26 September 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I'm still having fun mining images from last year's Eastern Sierra workshops, and am really getting excited about starting again next week. We begin in Lone Pine, photographing Mt. Whitney from the Alabama Hills, and crossing our fingers for skies like this.

I usually take my groups at least once to the Whitney Arch (aka, Mobius Arch). Photographing popular subjects like Mt. Whitney and the arch is a challenge if your primary objective is capturing something unique. The biggest problem is frequent blue skies and flat light. (The other problem is that there isn't lots of room at the arch for multiple tripods.) So as a general rule I avoid images of the arch unless the conditions (color, light, clouds) dictate otherwise.

On this morning we were gifted with clouds above the Sierra crest. Anticipating nice color, I alerted the group and positioned myself up front, dropping quite low to allow others to shoot over me. While this isn't usually my preferred position, it gave me a somewhat unique perspective that I liked. The best color was south of Whitney, so I went extremely wide, framing Lone Pine Peak (on the left) and Mt. Whitney (on the right) with the arch. The extreme wide angle allowed me to exaggerate the arch and foreground rocks, reducing the mountains to the distance background.

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26 Sep 2009 5:36am

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Stunning again !!! Congratulations :)

26 Sep 2009 7:25am

thami from Morocco

Excellent cliché! Impressionné par le rendu de la matière de la roche! Envie de la caresser de la main et des yeux!
Bon week end lumineux!

26 Sep 2009 9:53am

bruno from les Ollières, France

Excellent composition , I like these arches.

26 Sep 2009 10:52am

dobbino from Cape Town, South Africa

Just unique! That soft, pinky-bluish sky wonderfully offsets the harshness of the rocks.

26 Sep 2009 12:16pm

Vitor Martins from Lisboa, Portugal

Beautiful colors/tones, composition and textures. Fantastic perspective.

26 Sep 2009 12:41pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the wonderful texture of the arch in the foreground. The shape has a very "dinosaur" like look about it....I think I need some coffee!

26 Sep 2009 1:35pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Marvelous tones. Superb framing. Love the fabulous detail in the foreground.

26 Sep 2009 2:55pm

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Beautiful perspective, great shot!

26 Sep 2009 3:34pm

Daniel from Kenmare, United States

pretty nice.

26 Sep 2009 3:45pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

Aewsome capture Gary!

26 Sep 2009 6:15pm

pernila from Andonno, Italy

Very beautiful composition and colour tones. Love the texture on the rocks in the foregrond.

26 Sep 2009 7:06pm

Dulcie from Danville, CA, United States

The extreme wide angle helped flatten the mountains in the background and focused on the arch in a way that make me see a beautifully contoured piece of sculpture.

26 Sep 2009 11:18pm

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Always to perfection!!! FAbulous work you do

27 Sep 2009 4:46am

Anina from Auckland, New Zealand

WOW!!!! This is amazing!!! I love the textures and tones. Beautiful!

27 Sep 2009 9:22am

John Maslowski from Dallas, PA, United States

Truly a magnificent image, such a fascinating setting, looks like a place from another world. Beautiful composition.

27 Sep 2009 3:11pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

A great view! Nice window!

28 Sep 2009 1:59am

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful shot

28 Sep 2009 4:58am