Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Contender Josh Endres

An early morning and lots of patience gave way to this image of Cathedral Lake for 2014 American Landscape Contest Contender Josh Endres

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Photographer: Josh Endres

Location: Cathedral Lake, Yosemite National Park

When did you take this photograph? August, 2012

Equipment: Nikon D800, AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED lens, Singh-Ray Polarizer, Singh-Ray 3-stop Soft ND Grad filter, Manfrotto tripod

The story behind the shot:
About 3:00am Saturday morning, I picked up my friend, and headed off for the 7 hour drive to Yosemite National Park. After arriving at Cathedral Lakes' trailhead around 10:00am, we hiked the 4.5 miles in along the John Muir Trail until we arrived at upper Cathedral Lake. Of course, as always, the best spot was one of the more difficult spots to reach. I was finally greeted with a nice window of the lake and the peak. I played around with a few compositions until I found this one. The rock formations in the foreground really anchor this composition and naturally cradle it in a way. I waited through 3 thunderstorms, and near sunset, light found a way through to the peak illuminating it in all its glory. It was a special moment in a very special place to me.

Did you use any special techniques in-camera or in post-processing?
I did use layer masking in Photoshop to achieve the end result of this image. I adjusted the levels and gamma histograms in different parts of the image to really bring out the details, but at the same time, not get too far off track from what it actually was.

Why is this scene of the American Landscape special to you?
After hiking nearly 400 miles of the Sierra Nevada, this is still the most special spot to me. Cathedral Peak in Yosemite is what inspired me to begin photographing and exploring the mountains. Its majestic beauty is something far beyond anything I can explain. This photograph is a tribute to Cathedral Peak for the inspiration it has given me since the first time I saw it.


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