Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Contender Philip Dowling

American Landscape contest Contender Philip Dowling captures the extreme contrast of the American western landscape with his two submissions

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Photographer: Philip Dowling

Location: White Sands National Monument, NM

When did you take this photograph? April 2012

Nikon D700, AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED lens, Manfrotto tripod and head

Describe how you got this photo.
I hiked into the park approximately 5 miles from the trailhead to an especially remote area that is close to the White Sands Missile Range boundary. I was struck by the beauty and austere nature of the area.

Why this scene of the American Landscape is special to you?

The White Sands National Monument is special to me because of the emptiness of the landscapes found there. I am the type of person who needs to go into the vastness of the American West to get away from modern society and "recharge my batteries". I am a retired earth scientist and the western United States excites me because it's where one can see the raw elements of our planet and exactly how the surface of the Earth was formed.


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