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August 11, 2008
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Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 6, 2008, 5:54:35 PM
Sun-Dial Peak II by tourofnature Sun-Dial Peak II 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. 3 1/2 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
Prints available here: [link]
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dykedevelopment Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Astounding! This would be my pride-and-joy shot if it were me.
windowfog Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What I favorite is the story. I could feel the excitement.
tourofnature Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm glad you read it, I should stop being lazy and write up stories for more of my photos...
windowfog Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It may take out the mystery of the pictures for some, but it's the next best thing to being there, and those look like really dreamy places to be. So I enjoy the written details :)
dwth Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 70th.:wave:
Gorgeous work!
tourofnature Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
papatheo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
:) I love the shot and the story!!! :nod:
FatalBite Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008   Photographer
It sure was worth it to go hiking to this location!

Beautiful and very natural looking HDR. Well done!
tourofnature Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, it was quite a shoot. HDR can look great if the base images are correct.
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