The Digital Photo Guy

Still More Eastern Sierras

by on Oct.09, 2011, under gear, Lightroom, Meetup, Monday Morning Tips, Photo Editing, Photos

Alabama Hills

Mobius Arch is possibly the most photographed arch in the Alabama Hills. It’s so popular that to get a position on the boulder just to the east, it’s necessary to be there by Oh-Dark-Thirty. Of course, there’s no reason to sit there in the dark, freezing your buns. I made this photo in near pitch black conditions. If you look carefully, you can see that I misfocused. Almost everyone frames Mt. Whitney through the arch but, being a contrarian, I prefer Lone Pine Peak. This was made with a Canon 7D with a 24-105 at 24mm, ISO 400, 10 seconds, f/4.0 on a Gitzo 3530LS and Markins Q-20. I was there about 5:45AM and barely beat out a guy from New Jersey who took a wrong turn getting there.

This was made the day before while scouting the area around Mobius Arch. The first photo is what everyone makes. This is an angle I’ve never seen. The gear was the same as the first photo. Settings were ISO 400, 1/200, f/4.0.

I was hoping the next morning would have the same heavy cloud cover for a shot at gorgeous alpenglow. Unfortunately, there were just a few wispy clouds the next morning.

By 6:30AM, GWCs (Guy with Camera) were crawling all over Mobius Arch, getting in the way and, in general, acting clueless so I left. On the way back, this thin, wispy alpenglow-like light lit up Mt. Whitney for 15 seconds.

Gear info is exactly the same. Exposure was ISO 100, 1/25, f/4.0. All photos have been cropped, adjusted levels and sharpened in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.

I still have over 600 photos to process so I’ll post more info on future images with explanations of how and why I set up as I did.

Cuties for a Cause Calendar Launch – Friday, October 14

Don’t forget the Cuties for a Cause 2012 calendar launch party at the Lafayette Hotel in San Diego. It’s just $10 and you’ll have an opportunity to photograph professional and semi-professional pin-up models in a fun venue. You can see the Cuties website HERE. The 2012 supported cause is the San Diego Animal Support Foundation.


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