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Huangshan Magic



The Huangshan Mountains in China are famous for their steep granite peaks and cloud formations. Clouds can swirl around the mountains, making peaks appear and d...
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The Huangshan Mountains in China are famous for their steep granite peaks and cloud formations. Clouds can swirl around the mountains, making peaks appear and disappear before your eyes.
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Merlot
 
Merlot October 19, 2017
Beautiful image
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billsisson September 08, 2019
Thank you
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p_eileenbaltz October 22, 2017
Spectacular image.....congratulations on your well-deserved Contest Finalist award.
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Alwolfe December 13, 2017
Awesome!
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Cheever2 January 07, 2018
I love this photo! My Grandmother was an artist and often painted China's mountains.
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Arzhtatiana January 17, 2018
A great shot!
Rere
 
Rere January 19, 2018
So peaceful to look at. Well done!
streetviewtravels
 
streetviewtravels January 30, 2018
I love this. Almost like a painting instead.
sepia
 
sepia April 08, 2018
Stunning!
Mspradlin
 
Mspradlin April 26, 2018
You nailed it
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michaelfollett April 26, 2018
Nice shot
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Pamlynnem April 26, 2018
This is a wonderful picture of the beautiful world we live in!
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GrandmaPhyl April 27, 2018
A Masterpiece for sure!!
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Neckbone April 27, 2018
Beautiful scene and capture!
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PaulEnigma April 27, 2018
Out of this world tells a story
DaneMac
 
DaneMac April 28, 2018
Nice, powerful photo
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TcCamera May 04, 2018
Awesome shot
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dkoch28 May 20, 2018
Beautiful
Neckbone
 
Neckbone June 28, 2018
Awesome image! Beautiful detail!
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debbiespeed June 30, 2018
Beautiful, and spectacular!
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IanWL August 06, 2018
Superb!!
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JmDreams September 21, 2018
Wow Spectacular
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keZ007G November 15, 2018
Wow! Outstanding x
Stewpidassol
 
Stewpidassol March 08, 2019
the texture your camera shows is amazing!
Hood
 
Hood October 22, 2019
Mind blowing image!!
hareeshriyer
 
hareeshriyer October 30, 2019
wonderful frame
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billsisson October 30, 2019
thanks
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SMthegamer November 02, 2019
Absolutely stunning, might have to plan a trip, I'd love to just sit and watch those clouds for a day.
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billsisson November 02, 2019
Thanks. These mountains are very beautiful.
EverestPhotography
 
Where was this
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This was in the Huangshan Mountains west of Shanghai, China
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\n\nAmazing Shot..
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Beautiful
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incredible layers and atmosphere
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absolutely stunning shot \u1F497\u1F44F
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Beautiful!
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wow, amazing, masterpiece \u1F44D\u1F3FB
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waynegarcia May 04
Beautifully done
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Wow!
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Awesome photo!
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absolutely stunning
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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this in the Huangshan Mountains, also known as the Yellow Mountains, in China. These mountains are famous for their steep granite peaks, the almost bonsai-like trees that flank them, and spectacular cloud formations that both sweep around the peaks and create under casts around the mountains. Several million Chinese visit these mountains each year, but few Westerners such as me come here. They are well worth visiting. I have been to mountains around the world, but none like these mountains.
Time
My wife and I hiked for three days on often steep trails carved into the sides and along the ridge tops of the Huangshan Mountains. On the afternoon of the second day, as we slowly climbed up from a deep valley, the clouds parted to reveal these peaks across a narrow valley from us. The clouds were flowing fairly quickly around the peaks, so I quickly took several images before the clouds changed again.
Lighting
The lighting was very diffuse and muted with thick clouds covering the sky. The lighting helped to bring out some of the darker tones in the scene, such as the rich greens, but it also greatly muted contrast.
Equipment
I used a Pentax K-1 body, Pentax 28-105 lens, hand held. Since we were hiking steep trails over three days, and I am not a young man any more, I kept my equipment and its weight to a minimum.
Inspiration
Years ago I came to like traditional Chinese landscape drawings. This art work often features mountains. One hallmark of these drawings is that the artists layered mountain ridges one behind the other from foreground to background to help create the illusion of depth, rather than use western perspective drawing techniques that were evolving about the same time in Europe. The Chinese method of creating depth appealed to me as I hiked in and photographed mountains around the world. These drawings also often looked fantastical to me; it was hard to believe that the mountains they portrayed actually existed. However, a few years ago I learned that many of these drawings depicted or were based on the Huangshan Mountains. So my wife and I traveled there and hiked for three days among the peaks. As we hiked I looked for scenes that looked like they were straight out of traditional Chinese drawings. In a few locations where the clouds cooperated, including where this image was taken, I found my inspiration.
Editing
Because of the diffuse lighting and greatly muted contrast, I significantly increased the contrast in post processing. I especially wanted to accentuate the contrast between the similarly colored ridges in this image, so that the layers of ridges receding from foreground to background would be more apparent, as they had been when I viewed them without my camera. I wanted the image to echo traditional Chinese landscape drawings, using the same method of creating depth.
In my camera bag
Because much of my landscape photography is done while hiking, I carry a minimum of equipment to keep the weight down. I usually carry a Pentax K-1 body, a Pentax 28-105 lens, and (unless it's a long or multi-day hike) a Slik tripod. For shorter hikes or when shooting close to a road, I also carry a heavier Pentax 150-400 lens. Part of my approach to photography is that photography is done with your eyes, heart and mind, not with your equipment, to paraphrase a famous photographer. So I concentrate on learning how to improve my photography with my heart, mind and eyes, rather than on improving how much equipment I own. I still have a lot to learn and improve.
Feedback
Look for inspiration for your photography in various places, including art work in other media. Try to learn from other artists' ways of viewing and depicting the world, such as Chinese artists from centuries ago. More specifically for landscape photography, research locations before you go there, trying to find the best places to hike, drive or otherwise travel, especially if you have limited time or budget. Before we decided where to go in the Huangshan Mountains, I researched the trails, what maps I could find, and images that others had taken.

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