juliendumont December 09, 2016
Incredible point of view, Very Nice shot !
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liviaproto April 14, 2017
very nice capture
patrickmalcolmedwards May 07, 2017
A Excellent shot something of nothing. It proves that you don't need great scenery to get a good shot. We all could do this, So get out there and try it.
conorthompson November 12, 2017
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Behind The Lens

This photograph was taken on the Sweedlin Mountain's ridge in the state of West Virginia.
I was hiking up this particular mountain during autumn time very early in the morning. I believe I started hiking before 5 AM, so it was dark. My plan was to reach a small overlook on the opposite end of where I hiked up. I wanted to view the fog that had developed overnight from the river settling in the valley below.
The lighting in this photo is what inspired the title "Two sides". The sunrise lit one side of the mountain golden and bright while the other side was left darker. My favorite morning experiences are of being able to observe how fog can carry light and color throughout the entire atmosphere.
I used a Canon EOS 7D to take this photograph. The lens I used was the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 with no tripod.
There is no one aspect that inspired me to take this photograph, there were several ways I was inspired. The lighting I witnessed while walking along the mountaintop is what inspired me to take this photograph. The fog was conveying warm golden tones to my left from the rising sun. To my right where no sunlight had reached yet, the fog conveyed a bluish grey tone from the clear sky above. The atmosphere at first is what inspired me want a photograph displaying both sides of the mountain. I knew I needed something within the foreground because I didn't believe the photo would be interesting enough displaying only the atmosphere with distant trees. My wide angle lens inspired this photo too because I could have trees within the foreground that seemed closer than the other trees yet not too close. I loved how the evergreen tree branches balanced the top as well as both ends of the composition. I wanted to have one tree centered to create a dividing line with the light. I then knew I wanted the far right tree trunk to occupy the corner of the photograph. I was at first bothered by the fact that the left side had a broken stump because I wanted a perfect set of three. However, now I see this broken stump as successful because it allows more room for the golden light to shine rather than being divided. I also used the green moss to my advantage to add color contrast among the dead leaves of the forest floor. All in all I believe I was inspired by balance, and to achieve this I needed to take several photographs within this one setting to create my composition.
The only editing I did with this photo was bringing out more of the colors in Photoshop. I didn't crop the photo because I allowed myself to edit with the viewfinder in taking the photograph so that I wouldn't have to crop. My goal with colors is to not over saturate in order to keep the photograph naturalistic. I feel it's important to bring out color in order to offer viewers a small bit of the true experience as the initial unedited photo doesn't look exactly like what I saw. A photograph never gives a viewer the experience of being within that place at that time, therefore I believe bringing out more light, tones, color, contrast, etc. offers compensation for not being able to experience but being able to see.
In my camera bag
I use the Canon 7D. I have a canon 50mm f/1.8 lens, a 75-300mm, 28-175mm f/3.5, Tokina 11-16mm, and my Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens. I also have a 60 inch lightweight tripod.
For anyone wanting to capture something similar I would say observance is key. It's important to differentiate the division of light and shadow. It's also important to take several photos and moving around to do so. Even if you have the placement in plan and figured out, it needs to be pushed further. What I mean is by experimenting with lowering the camera, bringing it higher, or moving slightly right and left while still keeping the desired placement of objects within the frame. This also helps to work around objects that are not wanted in the frame. Having a variety of photographs offers options even if you feel you already took the best one you could. Continue altering your viewpoint because you never know what you could see unless you keep looking.

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