Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Assignments: September 2013
The Best Of The Assignments Submissions From outdoorphotographer.com
Every week, the OP editors choose a winning image from the submissions to that week's Assignment on outdoorphotographer.com. That photo is highlighted on the OP homepage and in the OP Blog. In this issue of the magazine, instead of showing several top images from a single Assignment, I'm publishing recent winners from various spring Assignments here.
—Christopher Robinson, Editor
2) Photographer: Harry Lichtman
Location: White Mountains, New Hampshire
Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 24-105mm ƒ/4L IS USM, Manfrotto carbon-fiber tripod
I've hiked along the Moat Mountain Trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains many times and made a mental note of the great views. Since the ridge runs south to north, sunrise and sunset possibilities make for good photo opportunities from the same location. Generally, the area isn't great for camping, as there's no running water and the ledges are exposed. I hiked down the exposed ledges near Middle Moat, away from the trail in June 2013, and found a relatively flat area where I could set up my ultralight tent and be in a good position should the light cooperate. I prefer the spring and fall for these grand views as the varying shades of green foliage provide some differentiation between leaves and the evergreens. Midsummer greens tend to be overwhelming in this kind of photo. I packed extra water and brought only dry food so as not to need a stove above treeline and minimize impact.
I previsualized the scene so I could be in the right place at the right time if weather conditions worked out. The weather always comes into play. I had intended to shoot pure landscape images, but found the inclusion of the tent and me (using the self-timer) a more powerful image.
I bracketed exposures and manually blended two exposures to maintain detail in the highlights and shadows. The distant cloud bank acted as a natural diffuser, making the lighting a little softer and more uniform.
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