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Friday, May 4, 2012

Contender Douglas H. Kim


The first in a series of profiles, The American Landscape contender Douglas H. Kim talks about his photo taken in the northern part of the Owens Valley. Get your entries in before the May 23rd deadline!

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Photographer: Douglas H. Kim

Location: Just off Highway 395 near Bishop, California

When did you take the photograph?
October 2002

What equipment did you use?
Nikon F100, AF Nikkor 20mm ƒ/2.8D, Fujichrome Velvia 50, Gitzo Mountaineer carbon-fiber tripod, the Singh-Ray Galen Rowell 2-stop graduated neutral-density filter.

Please describe how you got this photo?
I was driving back home to Los Angeles after a weekend trip to Bishop, California. The sky had been clear and cloudless, so I didn't expect much from the sunset. But as the sun started to sink below the Eastern Sierra, the color changed dramatically to this beautiful purple. I got off Highway 395 to look for something interesting to go with the light and found these trees in a field of brush.

Did you use any special techniques?
The only special technique I used was the use of the Singh-Ray Galen Rowell 2-stop graduated neutral-density filter to control the contrast of the dark foreground and the brighter sky.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
When I was majoring in geology at UCLA, our senior class spent three months above South Lake near Bishop working on our final project. During that time, I fell in love with the Eastern Sierra and the town of Bishop, which provided warm showers and good meals during those months. The beauty and the ruggedness of the area have enchanted me ever since. And I make the pilgrimage to this "special landscape" every year.

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