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Dusk at Pinnacles High Peaks

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 3 April 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

I shot this image a couple weeks back with my friend Mike Hall. We had spent the better part of four hours wandering through caves and climbing over 2,000 vertical feet to reach the top of the High Peaks Trail at Pinnacles National Monument located southeast of Salinas in central-California. The high peaks are actually remnants of an ancient volcano which erupted near Lancaster, California, some 200 miles to the south millions of years ago. The tectonic plate split the lava in two and slowly drifted this section northward to its current location at a pace of a couple centimeters per year. This image is looking due west towards the Pacific Ocean. The intense red lasted over 30 minutes thanks in part to the curvature of the earth. A slow shutter allowed for movement of the clouds producing a painterly sky. To see more of my images, learn about my workshops or purchase my book, please visit my website at

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 1/4 second F/16.0 ISO 800 43 mm

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