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Calm

I'm moving this up in my stream because it's responsible for me winning one of the four slots for the Aperture Nature Photography Workshop in Yellowstone at the end of April (over 1800 photos were submitted to the contest). It's a four-day trip to work with professional photographers, plus some really cool swag (like a new Lensbaby and a killer camera bag). Thanks to Scott, Steve and Martin for the chance to learn and play!

 

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Goodness! What a perfect evening. Cold fingers and toes never seem to matter at these places--at least until you're done diving into the sunset with your eyes and soul and camera, and start thinking about more corporeal matters.

 

We arrived to see a large cloud bank shrouding Mt. Washington in a thick mist. Once in awhile, the summit would peek through. Suddenly the clouds all blew off, just in time for the sunset to cover the fresh snow in a rosy glow. The strong purple cast is from the extreme ND filter, and as usual these days, I felt no need to "correct" it.

 

Thanks to Larry for the inspired idea to visit Mt. Washington, and Victor for the companionship (and trail mix).

 

140-second exposure - 9-stop ND filter - Hoya Moose polarizer/warming filter

 

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Taken on November 22, 2008