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A View from Moro Rock, Sequoia National Park

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 9 November 2009 in Landscape & Rural.


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Sequoia National Park's Moro Rock (elevation 6,725 feet) affords one a 360-degree panoramic view of the Great Western Divide to the east, and the great central valley to the west. The glow on the horizon (looking west over the city of Visalia) lasted an hour past sunset (about the time I captured this image) and allowed for a nice transition to a starry sky above.

This is actually a single frame straight capture (no filters). It really needed very little post processing other than the normal RAW conversion and some tone balancing and contrast thanks to Nik Viveza (BTW - version 2 will be released soon)!

Although spectacular, this view did not come easy, as it required a 400-step climb up a steep wall of granite in ever-thinning air lugging a backpack full of gear and a tripod (I kept telling myself each step of the way, "this is why you go to the gym," I don't think my legs and back were listening)!

Digital sensors really shine when it comes to night photography; if you have not gotten out and played with these types of images, you will be surprised how easy it can be, and the images never seem to disappoint.

I am currently in Page, Arizona (scouting some locations for my spring Northern Arizona Workshop) having recently concluded my Arches / Canyonlands workshop. Hopefully I will get some time to respond to your comments. I will be returning to California later this week.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 15 second F/2.8 ISO 800 16 mm

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