Spanning the width of the Sierra Nevada mountains in California, King’s Canyon National Park features some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Along with Sequoia National Park, which is immediately south of King’s Canyon NP, a priceless segment of the wilderness is preserved by the National Park Service. While paved roads traverse the combined Sequoia & King’s Canyon area, if you can park and hike up into the higher elevations, you’ll find vistas like this. David Shield sent this photo to the National Parks Assignment which closed last night.
Shield describes how he took this photo, “Of all the views in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada, this scene may be my favorite. A lake sitting beneath part of a mountain range is a description that can be used for so many views; however there is something about this particular remote location that has drawn me to it, ever since I moved to California. To reach this area, I began my hike from the Onion Valley Trailhead, located west of Independence. This view is about seven miles from the trailhead, which leads hikers up to 11,700-foot Kearsarge Pass. Once I arrived at Bullfrog Lake, there was just time to setup camp before choosing the exact location to photograph this view from, during the following sunrise. I got up about 30-minutes before sunrise, to give me enough time to set up. I waited for the sun to rise behind me just high enough to paint only the tops of the surrounding peaks, before I began to shoot. The final image is a blend of two unfiltered exposures, in an attempt to reproduce this timeless Sierra view as close to the way I was so fortunate to witness it.”
Shield used a Nikon D700, Nikon 28-70mm f/2.8 lens, Manfrotto tripod and a Giottos ballhead.
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