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Sunrise, Eastern Sierra Nevada, California, USA | by Xindaan
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Sunrise, Eastern Sierra Nevada, California, USA

On my current US road trip, I wanted to catch some Alpenglow. While having sunrise and sunset reds on sandstone (like in Arches NP), which brings out the reds indeed, a white, i.e.snowy, background does work nicely as well. Contrasting, blue sky. That was the goal.


Not being the luckiest with the weather, I basically had one shot about shooting a sunrise, prefixed by two hours of searching and settling for a place where an assumed sunrise might be seen nicely. So, the next morning, I went on a dirt road in Owen's Valley, ran around in the half-dark, avoiding all kinds of cow releases, finding a spot where I could get some interesting foreground, masking a bit the not-green grass. I liked the Owen's River being quite calm, and what I also liked were clouds in the sky giving the light some brightness variations when it hit the nearby mountains.


Afterwards, we continued to Yosemite Valley, but more on that in the coming pictures.


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Taken on February 28, 2010