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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
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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.
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windowfog Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
What I favorite is the story. I could feel the excitement.
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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...
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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 :)
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dwth Featured By Owner May 3, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 70th.:wave:
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:iconanonymousphotography:
Gorgeous work!
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:icontourofnature:
tourofnature Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much! :)
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papatheo Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
:) I love the shot and the story!!! :nod:
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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!
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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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AmberSunset Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008   Photographer
Unbelievable reflections!! The water must have been as flat and peaceful as a mirror!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, it was quite a show, there were a few raindrops but other than that not a stitch of wind!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Photographer
True beauty as I would say ;)
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:icontourofnature:
tourofnature Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I might agree with you. :) Thanks!
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DrewHopper Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
:hug:
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gabrieloceano Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2008   Photographer
Amazing pic Wayson!!!!

Just tell me.., what's the trick to take such amazing reflection pic? Or there is no trick, just the luck of getting a windless day????


Cya friend =)
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
The trick is no wind, and HDR I guess. That gives you the correct exposure for the reflection and the landscape. Thanks man
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pink123456 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2008
wow, good thing that u didn't get elecuted! lol great shot! and i love how the water gives off the reflection off the mountain. great capture!!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I appreciate it! I'm glad you liked it. :D
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pink123456 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008
:iconwelcome2plz:
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allym007 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
memorable hike and fantastic picture... :clap:
the reflection in the water is awesome, especially in that kind of weather :jawdrop:
I love to know the story behind a great pic... this hike, it looks like you won't forget it anytime soon ;)
I'm glad to know that you are safe :hug:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I certainly won't forget this one. It was an absolute blast of a hike tho. Stunning scenery when I reached my destination. :D

Thanks for your support Ally. :)
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GeraldWinslow Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
A winner Wayson!
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saturninesweetness Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
Geeze. Amazing! You're so lucky to live where you have mountains. If I lived there I'd probably spend all my free time hiking.
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EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2008  Professional Photographer
Wonderful!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Eva! :D
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SpitfireShepherd Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Looks like the perfect place to relax. 8-)
Beautiful shot :) :+favlove:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That it was, until the lightning storm decided to rain on my parade. :)
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BELLAVISTA2 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008
First thought....."Wow!" Absolutely brilliant everything!:nod::clap::omg::wow:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot Ann-maree. :)
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BELLAVISTA2 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008
Your welcome:) 'How was Zion?":) Heard the one of the Arches collapsed....
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
It was fantastic, one of the greatest adventures yet. It was a little more grueling than I had expected but it was all worth the while. I heard about that arch falling, i'd never seen that one before, but I think it may be in Arches national park. :D
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BELLAVISTA2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Sounds like an amazing adventure. Yep, I believe it was in Arches National Park. "Whats your take on the Big Foot find?" :confused:
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Big foot find? Is it true?!?
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BELLAVISTA2 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2008
Not sure as yet they are still investigating. I will keep you posted:confused:
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Magnificent photo Wayson!!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Dave!
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome sir!
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jirizarry Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Professional Photographer
Gorgeous.
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Juan. :D
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lizzybknits Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
the reflection is impeccable. awesome!
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
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jayshree Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
This is gorgeous. the reflection is wonderful.
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks. :D My favorite of the shots taken on that day.
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jayshree Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
i can see why.
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djlampkins Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008
Beautifully captured.... great work. :)
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tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot. :D
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