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Galleria Winner: Ken Henke

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Dallas Divide, Colorado, USA
Nikon D810, Nikon 50mm, f/3.5, 2sec, ISO 500

The spectacular beauty of the Sneffels Range in southwestern Colorado is always a treat to witness. It was particularly nice this year with the oak brush displaying its brilliance alongside the aspens. Almost all the conditions were excellent for a grand image with the exception of the clouds. Initially, it was quite cloudy and I feared the light may never reach my expectations. Fortunately, as the sun rose, the clouds broke up just enough to allow a nice glow to shine through.

In order to capture the composition I envisioned, I used a 50mm lens and combined two vertical images. The technique provided the depth I wanted and didn't reduce the size of the mountain range like a wider angle lens would have. Of course, like many iconic photo locations in Colorado, this is quite popular. Thus, to secure the desired photo position, one has to get up quite early. Fortunately, I had shot at this location in the past and generally knew I would have to be on position at least an hour prior to sunrise. As it turned out I was in position two hours before sunrise and good thing I did. I was the first photographer to set up, but before long, almost simultaneously, 30 other photographers converged!

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