Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Contender Jared Carpenter

On his first trip back to Mono Lake since a school field trip, 2014 American Landscape Contest Contender Jared Carpenter found himself in a “right place at the right time” situation

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Photographer: Jared Carpenter

Location: Mono Lake, Lee Vining, CA

When did you take this photograph? December 29, 2011

Equipment: Nikon D90, AF-S Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens, Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod, Manfrotto 498RC2 Midi ballhead, Nikon shutter release

The story behind the shot:
This was the first stop of my mini vacation along Highway 395 just before New Years. After driving for over four hours, I arrived at the lake to feel 70mph wind gusts and temperatures falling into the low 20′s. The sun had already set without much color when all of a sudden the entire sky turned bright orange and it got noticeably lighter out as the light reflected off of the clouds. This was one of those "in the right place at the right time" photos.

Did you use any special techniques in-camera or in post-processing?
Nature provided me with an amazing sunset at an amazing location. Very little post-processing was needed besides a bit of sharpening and contrast adjustments. No need for HDR or filters.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
Having grown up in the Sierra Nevada's, Mono Lake will always be a special location for me. I had visited Mono Lake many years prior on a school field trip and this was my first time back. Mono Lake never disappoints, even on a lackluster sunset, the tufa formations will make great photos and compositions.

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