California: Eastern Sierra Landscapes - California Naturescapes
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"Alabama Hills"
Location: Lone Pine, California.

I always wanted to visit Alabama Hills to see its strange rock formations, natural arches and views of Mt. Whitney. This is an early morning shot showing strange landscape. It had snowed the previous night and was about to snow again. You can see streaks of snowfall on the distant hills while early morning light illuminated the scene from the side. I loved how this image turned out.

Tech Info:
Lens: Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS @ 70mm
Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk II
Exposure: 1/20sec at f/11 and ISO 3200

The light was changing fast and there was no time for me to setup the tripod, hence high ISO for hand-held shooting. Within few moments it was snowing in the whole area and the light that illuminated the rocks had gone.

One has to really visit eastern sierra landscapes to truly appreciate its beauty. I don't think any photograph can do the justice of what it feels to hike on barren landscapes, camp besides some of the most scenic lakes and feel out of breath at high altitudes. Over the years I have had a few chances to hike on eastern sierra mountains including Mt. Whitney, but only recently I began to photograph it. So here are few images from one of the most unique places on the Sierra-Nevada mountain range.

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