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Nature Photo Challenge
If you're a photographer chances are you've seen the various 5 day challenges going around the various social media sites. Last year I took part in a number of different short challenges, in between my year long photo project and my own personal photography. They're fun and usually a nice break from the other projects I have going on. This year I've not had much of a desire to take part in even the short five day challenges. Also, thankfully, I've not been called out by many to take part in a challenge. But when +Chuq Von Rospach of http://www.chuqui.com/, a photographer I admire, and a good all around guy, I felt I should take part. Now there doesn't seem to be any rule stating that photos need to be taken during the 5 day series so since I've been going through my archives I'm going to post never before seen photos, starting with this one. A redwood grove in black and white.
If you find yourself in the Eastern Sierra, I highly highly recommend taking a few hours and stopping by the Manzanar National Historic Site. It's tells the story of out not too distant past that we like to conveniently skip over. If you're not familiar with the significance of this site, this is where, shortly after the bombing of Hawaii by Japan in 1941, some 10,000 Japanese, most with US citizenship, were incarcerated. This site is one of ten sites around the country that would come to hold over 110,000 people, again most of which were US citizens, from 1942-1945.
Before we get into the meat of this post, if you're viewing this on a mobile device, these photos really don't translate that well on it. These are large panoramic photos and really need a large screen to do them justice. Now on with the post.
Occasionally during my Eastern Sierra trip I had the idea to take panoramas to try and take in the full view of what I was seeing and feeling. I tried to focus on a part of the view I was seeing that would fill up my frame, but I felt that it didn't full get the whole feeling with only part of the view, but this led to other problems. All the panoramas I took were literally on the side of the road, meaning I was in the middle of driving, with someone who's not a photographer. So, not wanting to annoy them I left the tripod in the car and took these panoramas free hand. When taking handheld panos my general rule is to take many photos and to go well beyond and after my intended start and stop points so that the photo software has …
I got sidetracked in blogging. I skipped Christmas and New Year, then all the sudden it was the end of January! So this continues photos from my Thanksgiving trip. My other posts are: The Golden Arches, Panoramas from the Road, and Manzanar.
Having gotten down to the Lone Pine area and the rough location of the Mobius Arch, I needed to take a scouting trip to find the actual arch, and see what else is around. This is the Alabama Hills Monster that "greets" you as you enter the area.