Midday tends to be downtime for landscape photographers. The “best” light occurs in the early morning sunrise and late afternoon sunset golden hours, and light to night blue hour. So the middle of the day is time to get in a meal, take a nap, do some sightseeing, or get from one location to another. As has been the case, I have been using midday during this road trip to drive. The exception here is that I have been surrounded by some extraordinary backlit mountain ranges. Fortunately the backlighting accentuates the subtle tones from each mountainous layer and makes for a pretty awesome view.
Now, one of the advantages of driving at a moderate speed on cruise control (versus the 10-15 mpg the cars around me are going) is that I can enjoy the views and occasionally pull off the highway for a few minutes if the scene is potentially photograph worthy.
What compelled me to stop the car for this photograph was first the layers upon layers of mountain ridges before me. Second, this view of Mt. Whitney from the north though frequently seen by travelers on Hwy 395 is not as commonly photographed from this vantage point. And third, the horizontal lines converging towards the left.
Processing Notes: Again, a decision to leave the photograph in color or convert to monochrome. In color, there is a definite contrast between the two halves of the composition. Blue and grey shades up top against the brown and yellow on the bottom. While this was an obvious contrast, there was not a pop in the image even after processing. Perhaps I will work on the color image in the future. For now, the monochrome treatment works best. If I can get the barbed wire fence to stand out more (like it does in the color version), that would really reinforce the converging lines.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 55mm, f/8, 1/320 sec
Independence (CA), Mt. Whitney Area, Horizontal Convergence, Monochrome. Hwy 395 between Independence and Lone Pine, CA. November 25, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.