A Forgotten Valley by VictorCarreiro

This reservoir in Yosemite National Park used to be a beautiful valley inhabited by Native Americans before it was turned into what it is today. Its grandeur was said to have rivaled Yosemite Valley. It’s still beautiful, but I would have loved to have been on the valley floor looking up at those huge granite walls. This is one exposure taken about a half hour before sunset.

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Color Rush by MichaelBandy

This is one of my favorite photos from McGee Creek. We had such an awesome time wading into the creek and fighting the rapids and current to get these shots. I love this spot and it never disappoints. I hope you all enjoy it.

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Carson’s Spring by RyanDyar

Northern Lights Finale – With Arild Heitmann
Processing Tutorial Videos
Processing Instruction via Skype

I don’t request this often, because normally I don’t care much and I’m sure you don’t either… But please view this one on black.

A shot from a while ago I never got around to posting. Fairly simple scene here of Carson Mountain in the early spring while snowshoeing around looking for something a little different from the area.

This was a few exposures blended together for depth of field, a bit of dodging and burning to enhance the fog coming off the lake in the background, and a plethora of luminosity adjustments to dial in the contrast where I liked it. Maybe 20min of processing total.

Anyways, I’m gearing up for some more arctic travel here in a few weeks with my good friend Arild Heitmann. We also have another trip next March that is filling fast! I’m willing to bet these trips to the Arctic will be even more productive than our last. I can’t wait!

Also, I just released a new post-processing instructional video a few days back. It’s packed with some unique techniques and theories about processing you may not find anywhere else. People seem to really be enjoying the videos and have had nothing but great things to say, so I *think* they are helping people… it’s been awesome to see the many before/after shots people have been emailing me. Be sure to check the videos out if you are into that sort of thing. It’s all on my website, as well as more photos, photo tour info, processing instruction via Skype like everyone else is doing, etc, etc.

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Gnarly Mammatus Madness by MichaelBandy

I took this during one of the most insane sunsets I have ever witnessed. I was shooting with Roman Racela, Steve Phang, Chris H. Nguyen and John Paul DeRousseau and we almost didn’t stay for the show. The clouds came in rather heavy and thick and it looked like we were gonna get skunked. We had actually started to leave and stopped at the overlook point toward the top of the White Mountains.From there we could see down into the Owens valley and noticed a break in the dense cloud cover. We predicted it would work out perfectly for sunset and quickly hauled ass back up the hill. We jumped out of the car and hiked up the steep part of the mountain, foregoing the much easier trail from the parking lot for the sake of a more expedient route. While waiting for what we hoped would be an epic sunset, we sat through a few bouts of rain and wind. Suddenly the rain stopped and the sky opened up and we had our amazing sunset.

Now I know the location is overshot. I never fail to get at least one comment about this on 500px. But I don’t care. It is an amazing spot and an awesome old Bristlecone. It is overshot for a good reason.

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This shot I am posting here today was taken toward the end of the sunset. Roman shouted out that there were Mammatus clouds forming above us and to the North. I ran over and shot this comp handheld at around ISO 800 or so. The clouds were crazy and the likelihood of ever getting to see Mammatus clouds in California is pretty small. I was stunned and excited at the same time.

A great evening spent with good friends doing what I love to do while nature puts on an amazing show. Sounds like a hell of a good day. And it was!

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