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Sun-Dial Peak by tourofnature Sun-Dial Peak by tourofnature
Sun-Dial peak in the upper Wasatch mountains, Utah.

This is a hike I've been wanting to do for awhile, and today I got off early from work and went for it.

I either seriously overestimated my physical prowess, or underestimated the difficulty of this hike because by the time I reached the lake, I was happy to be alive. I thought about turning back more than once, but the peak in the distance kept me going. Finally I arrived and shot as I nervously watched the sky change in front of me as the clouds began to look more and more ominous.

After what I thought was a great shoot I started to head down. Not more than 5 minutes from leaving the top I heard a ground shaking thunder sweep down the valley. I've been in high alpine lightning storms and I wasn't the least bit pleased to be in another one. After I saw a flash of lighting it occurred to me I had an aluminum tripod sticking out the back of my pack. "Aluminum is an excellent electricity conductor" was the recurring thought in my mind as lighting seemed to strike all around me and rain drenched everything. 7 miles later, after a hair raising run/jog/scramble down, I finally arrived at my car strangely thankful to be alive. I dunno, I've seen lightning strike close and the stuff scares the hell out of me.

That was my Wednesday adventure, and this shot represents the fruits of my labor.

Canon 5D. 24-105mm. HDR. Circ pol.

Opinions welcomed. :D
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ironmanbr Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Amazing!! :clap: :clap:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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ironmanbr Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Welcome!! :)
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kkart Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hey Wayson, what font are u using for your watermark?
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Its BankGothic MDBT
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kkart Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
yikes that is one expensive font!
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eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
sweeeet pic and grrreat story - thanks for sharing
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
oh you liked the story? Great, I'm glad you took the time to read it. Thanks Eddie, :D
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SpitfireShepherd Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Too beautiful. I've always dreamed of visiting places like this... maybe one day I'll get out and actually do it. ;)
Cookies for the courage! Thunderstorms scare the hell outta me, glad you got outta there safely too. This shot really is great. :D :+favlove:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I know I was glad I got out there and hiked this! I'm glad you liked and thanks for the :+fav:. :)
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SpitfireShepherd Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
No problem :)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Beautiful scenery! Exciting story! I love the looks of country like this though I doubt if I could manage to climb to it... not in one day anyway. :) Glad you made that 7 mile run OK, good thing it was downhill!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, you could make it, and the good thing for me is the trip was about 7 miles round trip so the scared dash down was only about 3/half miles. :D I'm glad you took the time to read the story. :)
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barcon53 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
I like to read the story with the picture, if there is one. It adds an additional dimension to my perception of the picture. You have a way with words that is as pleasing as your photography. :D
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kkart Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yeah that is one reason why I am scared to go shooting in the rain for lightning shots considering it can strike up to 10 miles away from the storm lol I may have to seriously considering getting one of those GorillaPods or something. This is utterly fantastic though and I would say it may have been worth the time it took ya to get this! Utterly stunning work!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, yep, I don't mess around in those storms. I've seen it strike too close. Thanks for the comments John.
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Hedniskhjartad Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008
Loveliness!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks!
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008   General Artist
Great shot, these shots are always more self pleasing when you've wore yourself out to get there :D Awesome scenery, so did you get to the high peak in the distance? Any shots to come from the top if so? :)
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful :love: Looks really rugged :) And i don't blame you for being freaked out by a thunderstorm (beautiful as they look)-they're horrid things, particularly to a brontophobe like me :|
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, thanks. "Brontophobe"? Electricity=Bronto?
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Jacobea Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Brontophobe the general term for fear of thunderstorms :shrug: I think it's astraphobe or something for lightening, but whatever, i'm quite freaked out by both :P
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, i like the thunder its the lightning that scares me.
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BELLAVISTA2 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
'Hallo Grizzly Adams!":giggle: What a tale of adventure so glad you made it back, talk about hair raising! I hate thunderstorms myselve but to be caught in one would be horrendous. This is absolutely breathtaking, I love everything about this photo! Total Brilliance!:wow::omg:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, it was a good time, a hike I won't soon forget! Many thanks for your kind words. Cheers :D
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BELLAVISTA2 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Your welcome:nod:
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PeregrineEagle Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008   Photographer
yeah i've never been caught outside in a lightning storm, but it has come extremely close to the house. New england has been getting destroyed by heavy rains lately, and there have been a few close calls.

frankly, it scares me to, so your not alone...
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, glad to know I'm not alone in my unfounded fear of lightning. You've had some bad storms out there eh?
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PeregrineEagle Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008   Photographer
oh yeah.
past few weeks its been off and on with torrential storms.
though it was nice to have some rain, since its been dry the rest of the summer.
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Redandwhite Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Well worth the effort! I'd kill for an image like this. Great job!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, I appreciate it!
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leavenotrase Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Great shot and it sounds like a cool adventure.
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It was a good time, nice mid-week adventure. :)
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
This is gorgeous Wayson. Well worth the hike!!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It was a great hike, thanks Dave!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks it!~!
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vividlilac Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Beautiful scenery! I do wish the center sky was not blown out, but I know it can be very difficult to get everything working together when you have a lot of contrast of colors in a scene. Overall, nicely done!

I am happy to hear that your trip was safe, even if it was tiring. :)
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, that spot bugged me too, I tried to dodge it a bit but it just turned the area grey, I think the information is lost.

A little exercise never hurt anyone right?? It was well worth it, I appreciate the feedback. :D
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vividlilac Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
Ya, once the information is gone, it only gets uglier if you try to do anything with it. Usually I will take several photos to make sure everything it metered, then if necessary I can merge them, or just use one and adjust the levels for the darker areas.

Sometimes my body tries to tell me that I am allergic to exercise :D
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chatnoir06 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
Excellent capture. I'm glad you were not struck by lightning, heh. That would have been unfortunate. All told I think it's a photo well worth the endeavor to get it. :)
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Getting stuck by lighting is a bit unfortunate I believe. lol

I'd agree all worth it, it was quite a beautiful hike and destination that turned into a great memory.

Thanks
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Violetphantasy Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful. It looks so majestic.^^
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Many thanks, I'm glad you liked it
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jayshree Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, your story almost made me pee in my pants. i mean, its funny now that i know you're ok. i'm glad you got out ok. the shot was worth it.
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, I that means its a good story right? ;)

I'm glad at least I got one good shot for my troubles. It was fun overall tho, a little mid-week adventure never hurt anybody. :D
Thanks
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jayshree Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
i mean the shot was great anyways, but that story just made it priceless. :) yeah, a little mid week excitement never hurts. :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2008
:eyepopping: I've never given much thought to the tripod/lightening connection before...now that I live where there are lightening storms (very rare in southern California on the beach-quite common in the Sierra Nevada foothills :D) I'd better keep that in mind!

This photo is so beautiful - picture postcard perfect! And I mean that as a compliment :laughing:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
haha, yeah, I wish I hadn't made the connection because I probably wouldn't have ran/jogged the miles to my car if I hadn't. Storms create the best images tho!

Thanks a lot for the compliment. :D
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kayaksailor Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008
I agree about storms adding to images! Down south we had smoke [link] to add interest :laughing:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
woah, talk about adding to an image! facsinating shot, that must've been a crazy time in the area.
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