Wildflowers over Pelton Basin, North Cascades, WA

Posted by Vaibhav (Stanford, United States) on 21 August 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Its the same day again: Sri Krishna Janmashtami (birth of Lord Krishna) and hence today this photoblog completes 2 years. It has been some eventful journey and due to His blessings, I can say that the journey has been largely blissful. I have developed a deep bond for nature and wilderness, for the mountains and the ocean, for the forests and the deserts and this bond grows stronger every minute. Instead of finding the camera as a hindrance in enjoying the outdoors, I have felt that using a camera has helped me pay attention to things which I would have otherwise overlooked. It has transcended me from a passive observer to an active participant which in turn has made all my trips even more enjoyable. I hope this positive feedback continues and fuels my enthusiasm in exploring wilder places, grand vistas and intimate moments with nature.

The present image was made while backpacking in the North Cascades National Park in the state of Washington. The National Park is a 2.5 hour drive from the city of Seattle, encompasses 300 glaciers and is the least visited park in the lower 48 states. This summer has been quite cold which has left snow lingering at lower elevations. Wildflowers are popping out where snow has melted and are growing at a rapid pace. In this image the distant peaks are: Pelton Peak and Magic Mountain with 'Yawning Glacier' in between.

I used my trusty 24mm lens on my D700 supported by a small table top Giottos tripod coupled with a cable release. The exposure in the sky and distant peaks was held back by 5 stops of Singh-Ray split neutral density filter. Post processing involved standard raw file conversion in Photoshop CS4 followed by minor tweaks in Nik Viveza2.

Nikon D700
1/50 second
F/16.0
ISO 800
24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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