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Wild skies over the Arboretum | by RobertCross1 (off and on)
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Wild skies over the Arboretum

One of the most remarkable things about southern California is the proximity of tall mountains to the ocean. The transverse ranges, parts of which are in the very city limits of Los Angeles, have high points above 10,000 and 11,000 feet. This produces stunning weather patterns and some amazing skies.


This is the main fountain at the Arboretum of Los Angeles County, right across the street from world-famous Santa Anita Racetrack. The mountains in the distance (which appear shortened by perspective) are the front range of the San Gabriels, rising 6,000 feet (almost 2,000 meters) straight up above the valley floor. The Arbortetum itself is a fantastic place, with a wide range of plant and animal life, and various parts of it have served as filming locations in countless films and television shows. If you're a photographer, this place is a must-visit.


This is not HDR. A single shot with my Olympus OM-D, M.Zuiko 12-50mm lens, and a Hoya circular polarizer, exposed largely for the sky, with some work in PSE10 and Photomatix to lighten shadows and recover detail from this very high-contrast scene.


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Taken on November 9, 2012