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Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot, 2015

Postby CharlieW » Tue Oct 13, 2015 7:24 pm

Finally some photos from my hike! I'll be processing these for a couple months. Happy to post more here if there is interest. Or you can follow along as the set fills in at http://www.charliewhitfield.photography/John-Muir-Trail or my new facebook page http://www.facebook.com/CharlieWhitfieldPhotography. (Facebook is working hard to make me feel like a total loser because I have only 3 "likes". Appreciate any help I can get there.) You can also find me by name at 500px and 1x.

Here are some of my favorites so far...

Day 1, on the way up to Cloud's Rest. I really wanted an escalator here:
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Everyone goes wide here (for good reason) but here's a portrait:
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Not magic hour. Blue hour! 8 sec exposure about half-hour before sunrise:
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You know it's going to be hail when it looks like this. Was that .7 oz/sqyd cuben fiber tarp a mistake?
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Banner with moon, morning after the storm:
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Gladys Lake at magic hour:
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And Gladys Lake again 39 minutes later:
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Beautiful Marie Lake. The sun is barely up and the lake is still in blue shadow:
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Two backpackers walking by Lake Marjorie:
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And two not yet on my website...

I may have carried a 24oz. f/1.4 lens the whole 220 miles for this one shot. Was it worth it?
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Bighorn Plateau was just astounding! Not nearly done with this area:
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Please let me know if you want to see more here.

Gear
Sony a7r
Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 (arrived 2 days before my start; thanks lensrentals.com!)
Rokinon 24mm f/1.4
Sirui T-025X CFTripod (w/out center pole)
Suntactics sCharger-5
2 spare batteries
2 USB cables (I had a cable failure in pre-JMT gear testing)
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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby ofuros » Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:55 am

Lovely shots, CharlieW. :thumbsup:

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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby psykokid » Wed Oct 14, 2015 9:00 am

Very nice shots Charlie! I look forward to seeing more. As a photographer I can appreciate the amount of time that goes into not only capturing images, but in the digital age the time spent after the fact in post processing. I really like the Virginia in Pink shot on your site, talk about being in the right place at the right time..

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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby CharlieW » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:31 am

Thanks!

Well, here's Virginia in Pink for Jake. I'm still futzing around with it. I like strong color but this one is pretty garish. I was just recalling how white the granite was from Virginia Lake to Silver Pass. Nowhere better to catch the light from a pink sunset.

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Edit: jeez! After posting this I decided I didn't like it. Too violet and garish. Went back to photo and pulled saturation way, way down. Now I think I see the soft pink that I remember.
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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby The Other Tom » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:48 am

Blue Hour. Very nice. Never heard on that one before. Yes, i want to see more. thanks
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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby fishmonger » Mon Oct 26, 2015 11:16 am

very nice set of images. Great variety in colors and moods. Late season is a great time to be out there.
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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby CharlieW » Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:40 pm

Thanks all! Here's a few more I've been working on...

Ritter Range Panorama (this is composed of 5 vertical shots; absurdly big photo!)
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Lake Marjorie Abstract
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The Hermit, at the eastern end of Evolution Canyon
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The Painted Lady, across one of the Rae Lakes
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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby cslaght » Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:07 pm

Wow, just wow. These are incredible shots. The Milky Way shot is fantastic, is that Fin Dome as the backdrop?
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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby CharlieW » Sun Nov 01, 2015 12:33 pm

Yeah, that's Fin Dome from Dollar Lake. I did a lot of pre-trip planning with topo maps and astronomy sites, and browsing others' photos on Google images. That shot was pretty much planned right down to the foreground rock and grass.
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Postby cslaght » Sun Nov 01, 2015 1:30 pm

So to answer your question, especially from one that didn't have to lug the 24 oz. Yes, yes it definitely was worth it! It is a wonderful capture.
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Postby The Other Tom » Sun Nov 01, 2015 2:05 pm

Absolutely beautiful. Thanks for posting more.
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Re: Charlie's solar-powered JMT b/w & magic hr photo shoot,

Postby CharlieW » Mon Nov 02, 2015 12:38 pm

I had intention to do a lot more astrophotography with that f/1.4 lens, in particular, to photograph the Perseids at their peak, when the moon was new during the 2nd half of my JMT. But I was doing 12 miles most days and I was just too freaking tired to stay up past 10pm or get up before 4am. Hard enough to stay up to 8:30 most nights. One night I was in my sleeping bag (cowboy style) shooting 30 sec exposures one after another after another until 2 of my batteries were drained. Darn meteors kept flying between my exposures.
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