In Transition by snyder7

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I first discovered this tarn almost two years ago to the day. Given that this year has been really strange and things have happened about 4-6 weeks earlier than usual because of the weather patterns we’ve had, my friend Bryan and I decided to go “larch hunting” last weekend, and we had great (albeit unexpected) conditions.

I had checked NOAA’s weather report for the specific area we were visiting, and the conditions were supposed to be mostly clear for day and night. Surprise, surprise… It was overcast and raining at lower elevations and some snow flurries up high. We were at 6400 ft and we basically had snow all day, with short breaks here and there. But it was actually pretty amazing to be in that kind of weather for most of the time we were up at the lake basin.

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Lago Diablo by cwexplorationphotography

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This is an image that I took back in 2013 with my MKii but never got around to reworking for various reasons. This was taken up at Diablo Lake at sunset high up in the North Cascades. It’s a panoramic image consisting of nearly 100 photos, yep that’s right 100! I shot them with about 70% overlap so I would venture to guess that 50 or 60 of them actually went into stitching this one together. In any case this photo is HUGE. When I first shot/processed this one I didn’t even use photoshop the way I use it today so the scene was in no way what I saw and the stitching was off in some places. This one is completely reworked from top to bottom. The splashes of yellow you see in the darker areas are actually maples and larches showing off their fall color as this was taken in October. This was a complete nightmare in post because I didn’t really know about bracketing etc a few years back. Hints why the sky is a bit blown out in areas but in any case this is still one of my favorite images for me personally. Thanks for having a look!

Diablo Lake, North Cascades, WA

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On the Arm by BryanSwan

Overlooking the rugged peaks of North Cascades National Park from the high camp area along Sahale Arm near Cascade Pass. Always a classic (if demanding) hike during wildflower season, but unfortunately I didn’t have a chance to get up there this year before the flowers got baked to death. The recent heat wave in the Pacific Northwest has not exactly inspired a lot of motivation to haul myself several thousand feet up a mountain, so I’ve been reprocessing a few older shots – this one is from two years ago. Fortunately I should get my first extended fix of the high country this coming weekend…hopefully the weather decides to cooperate for once.

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The Wall of Peaks by TrevorAnderson

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This is an image from a hiking trip last year that I made some fine tuning on. I have been aiming for a certain look with a lot of my shots, and I think this image, from my point of view, is pretty close embodiment of that for this type of scene.

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