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Monday, April 8, 2013

Contender Marco Crupi


American Landscape contest Contender Marco Crupi’s multiple submissions span America’s state parks from coast to coast

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The Branch

Location: Sand Dunes, Mojave Desert, CA

When did you take this photograph? February 3, 2013

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5d MkIII, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, Vanguard Tripod, Manfrotto head, remote cable, Pro Optic CP-L

Describe how you got this photo.
I had spent the previous two days shooting in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Joshua Tree National Park when we decided to head out to this remote location. It requires traveling about 3 hours along dirt and sand roads and a short hike to the dunes. As I was scouting the area for great angles and composition, I spotted this lonely branch. It looked so out of place and that's what made me approach it and tackle the shot. I retracted my tripod and dug it into the sand.

Why is this scene of American Landscape special to you?
The Sand Dunes embody the explorative spirit of the America's West.

The Wizard

Location: Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, WA

When did you take this photograph? November 29, 2012

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5d MkIII, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L lens, Vanguard Tripod, Manfrotto head, remote cable, Singh-Ray Vari-ND.

Describe how you got this photo.
It didn't feel very safe due to rough seas, torrential rains and cold winds. I waited for the tide to ease and the waves to recede in order to jump onto a rock directly in front of this sea stack, dubbed the "Wizard's Hat." I was fortunate enough to receive a ray of light, allowing me to capture this magical scene.

Why is this scene of American Landscape special to you?
The coastlines of Olympic National Park offer massive and untouched terrain of our country. It is inhabited by populations of bald eagles as well as large sea mammals.

ThePuget Sound (aka The Crossing)

Location: Puget Sound, Port Angeles, WA

When did you take this photograph? November 27, 2012

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5d MkIII, Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L USM lens

Describe how you got this photo.
My photographer buddy and I hopped on the ferry eagerly looking forward to starting our journey of the Olympic Peninsula. While catching up on the ferry's inner cabin, we both looked outside and decided to assemble our gear and take a quick peak of the gorgeous scenery that was unfolding in front of us. We were stunned by the gorgeous mountain views and the purplish light.

Why is this scene of American Landscape special to you?
This scenery captures the beautiful elements of snow capped Olympic mountains as well as rich vegetation along the Puget Sound.

Do you think the photos work best together or individually?
If together, what story about the American Landscape do the photos tell? I believe the photos work best together since they include a collection of images from our Country's national and state parks from coast to coast.

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