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Behind The Lens

Location
I took this photo from the Washington Pass Overlook on the eastern entrance into North Cascades National Park in Washington, USA.
Time
This was taken just before noon on June 26, 2019.
Lighting
I got lucky with the lighting for this mountainous landscape capture. The mix of clouds and sun light were perfectly balanced, creating great contrast in the frame.
Equipment
Shot with a Nikon D750, Nikkor 28mm-300mm lens, a polarizing filter, and no tripod due to the uneven ledge I was shooting from.
Inspiration
Once I made it up and hiked around Washington Pass I couldn't get enough of the cool ribbons of roadway in the scene below. I shot a bunch of the Liberty Bell Mountains and shot around the highway below. Including the mountains with the clouds and shadows with the strip of road winding into the scene was a neat photo in my eyes. Great leading lines, something cutting through the thick wood and wrapping up into the mountains.
Editing
Just some minor tweaking in Adobe LR. White balance, pump up the blacks and bringing down the whites, and beefing up the clarity/sharpness.
In my camera bag
Nikon D750, Nikon D600, Nikkor lenses: 28-120mm, 24-80mm, 28-300mm, Tamron 16-28mm, Tokina 24-70mm, a variety of ND filters and polarizing filters, shutter release, tons of batteries and a charger along with some spare SD cards.
Feedback
I always Google maps/earth all of my possible shooting locations before I head out. Sometimes I'll even image search spots to see what other folks have created to get inspired. Other than pre-planning, it takes patience and crossed fingers to hope for the best weather conditions to create the photo I'm looking for. I over shoot once I'm on scene, thank goodness for digital photography, and I work different angles and exposure settings to grab as much detail as I can.

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