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neerajpurohit
 
neerajpurohit March 17, 2013
Awesome!
debcoimages
 
debcoimages March 24, 2013
WoW! Amazing light and well captured! Congrats!
senka
 
senka March 24, 2013
beautiful image
AlanJakarta
 
AlanJakarta March 24, 2013
Wonderful capture of an amazing scene & the contrast in color between the foreground & background is quite striking. Congratulations on being featured.
redwriter Platinum
 
redwriter March 24, 2013
Beautiful work, congrats on your feature. - Jake
catini
 
catini March 24, 2013
Very interesting contrast between front and back, congrats on your feature!
murphey Ultimate
 
murphey March 24, 2013
Totally Beautiful
mailsmc
 
mailsmc March 24, 2013
Cool shot! Congrats on your feature!
cilla8 Platinum
 
cilla8 March 24, 2013
A Beauty! Congrats on Feature!!
tetvet PRO+
 
tetvet March 24, 2013
great shot, love the colors
zyxwv
 
zyxwv March 24, 2013
what dramatic landscape love it congrats!
iceman2
 
iceman2 March 24, 2013
Beautiful image.Congrats!
Jo-AnnGallagher
 
Jo-AnnGallagher March 24, 2013
Great capture. Congrats on being featured.
Michaeljae
 
Michaeljae March 24, 2013
Excellent capture! Congrats on the Feature!
kittylegs
 
kittylegs March 24, 2013
nice,congrats on your feature
stillmovingphotographs
 
stillmovingphotographs March 24, 2013
superb
Jewel
 
Jewel March 24, 2013
Great capture! Congratulations on your feature!
BLPhotography Platinum
 
BLPhotography March 24, 2013
Very interesting shot Congrats
TammyMarie
 
TammyMarie March 24, 2013
JUST AMAZING! CONGRATS...WELL DESERVED!
Inmar
 
Inmar March 24, 2013
Stunning! Congrats on feature!
SusiStroud Platinum
 
SusiStroud March 24, 2013
A really different landscape. Where is this in Alabama? Congratulations on your Feature.
supermoon7
 
supermoon7 March 24, 2013
great shot
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saibalkumarghosh March 24, 2013
Beautiful shot! Congrats on the feature!
sunsetnurveins
 
sunsetnurveins March 24, 2013
cool pic
JPatterson
 
JPatterson March 24, 2013
Wow ! One heck of a shot ... the light contrasts are really eye catching !
sammihartzell
 
sammihartzell March 24, 2013
amazing capture, congrats!!
rmr731 Platinum
 
rmr731 March 24, 2013
Magnificent! Congrats!
Redjule Platinum
 
Redjule March 24, 2013
Stunning!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon March 25, 2013
Excellent image, congratulations on your feature
Carli
 
Carli March 25, 2013
great shot, congrats :D
jessywillemse
 
jessywillemse March 25, 2013
Congrats!!! Stunning capture, we'll done !
TaniaRossiter
 
TaniaRossiter March 26, 2013
congrats. stunning
darrenlaurence
 
darrenlaurence March 26, 2013
pretty amazing shot
tsambaproductions
 
tsambaproductions March 26, 2013
congrats
ppopiel
 
ppopiel March 26, 2013
fantastic shot!
Woombaway
 
Woombaway March 26, 2013
Congrats on award beautifully captured
igorgruber
 
igorgruber March 26, 2013
Awesome!
Angela_Lewry
 
Angela_Lewry March 26, 2013
Stunning photo
SimplyLuxury912
 
SimplyLuxury912 March 26, 2013
Wowwwwwwww love it
coolspider Platinum
 
coolspider March 27, 2013
Congrats, Awesome :-)
drakkardarkblade
 
drakkardarkblade March 29, 2013
Congrats, fantastic capture. Please check out my pictures if you get a chance.
bobbysluder
 
bobbysluder March 31, 2013
Amazing
shakeelbaloch
 
shakeelbaloch April 01, 2013
very very nice
northcoastgreg
 
northcoastgreg April 01, 2013
Stunning.
uyraffy
 
uyraffy July 05, 2013
Wow
Jonocon
 
Jonocon July 21, 2013
Nice lighting
learjet60
 
learjet60 February 16, 2014
Awesome shot!
greglinck
 
greglinck April 15, 2014
Great Photo
KJPhotoWorks
 
KJPhotoWorks May 14, 2014
One of the BEST landscape shots ever!!
jayanhold
 
jayanhold May 14, 2014
The Alabama Hills are one of my favorite places. I really like how you caught the light and exploited it in this shot!
Canonfire PRO+
 
Canonfire November 28, 2014
Great contrast ~ Like hot & cold. Nicely done.
nina050
 
nina050 October 20, 2015
Gorgeous shot...congrats!
nina050
 
nina050 October 20, 2015
I've lived in California all my life and am sorry to say I've never heard of this place! Where abouts is it?? Eastern side??
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Behind The Lens

Location
The Alabama Hills in California. You may recognize the these rock formations since it is a popular filming location for television and movies, especially Westerns. One recent movie that was filmed here was Django Unchained, I recognized it immediately. The smooth rock formations in the foreground are a stark contrast to the Sierra Nevada in the background including Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States.
Time
Just at sunrise probably around 6:30 am
Lighting
The lighting I have to chalk up to luck, It was completely overcast. I loved this area and was shooting the formations and the mountains behind them when suddenly the sun burst through the clouds and lit up the golden rocks in the foreground. I was able to get off about 10 shots before the clouds closed-up again. I titled the image GoldRush because of the way the golden color rushed in and was gone just as fast.
Equipment
Nikon D600, Nikon 28-300mm lens, and a Induro tripod
Inspiration
The beauty of the scene and the amazing contrast of the smooth golden rocks and the jagged blue mountains.
Editing
Yes, this image is HDR. I was able to capture 3 shots- 1 normal, 2 stops over, and 2 stops under. Combining these gave me more detail in the highlights and shadows, as well as enhancing the color. I used NIK HDR Effect Pro software.
In my camera bag
A Nikon D600, a nikon 28-300 lens and a nikon 16-35mm lens, polarizing and neutral density filters, cable release and tripod.
Feedback
Get up early and get to your location well before the sun comes up, and always bring a tripod! This was our third day there so we had already scoped out some good locations. I was on a workshop with Michael Pannier, he was able to lead us to many great spots. The Alabama hills are loaded with winding roads and it would be very easy to get lost! I definitely recommend traveling to these magical locations on a workshop with someone who knows the area at least for the first visit.

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