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Minarets Sunrise | by David Shield Photography
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Minarets Sunrise


Minarets – Ediza Lake – Ansel Adams Wilderness


This is a scene I captured in 2009. Back then I processed a three-shot HDR version, which after recently reviewing, I decided that I was not happy with the final image. Back then, I had very minimal Photoshop skills, and I thought HDR would be the best way to process the shot.


As I have now developed a workflow using Adobe Raw, I decided to re-process this single image. Final tweaks were still performed in Photoshop.


A 6.5 mile hike is required to access this Sierra Wilderness gem. The destination makes the hard work worth it, as you arrive at Ediza Lake, idyllically nestled below Mt. Ritter, Mt. Banner and The Minarets.


Nikon D700

18-35mm f3.5 at 30mm

1/6 Second


ISO 200

Manfrotto Tripod

Giottos Ballhead

Single Image-No Filters


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Taken on July 26, 2009