The Mobius Arch. It is well known, well phototographed, and one of those iconic locations for photographers and visitors of all types. The Arch in the Alabama Hills, located outside of Lone Pine and at the base of Mt. Whitney, is easy to reach once a few miles are driven on the appropriately named Movie Road. Possibly hundreds of movies from recent to classic Westerns.
This is the first time on this blog (outside of daily trip recaps) where I am using the cell phone version of a photograph over the dSLR version. The reason, the spreading cloud formation coming over Mt. Whitney and the Arch. I was not paying as much attention as I should have while taking the same composition with the dSLR. This is one of the consequences of taking my co-pilot dog with me on these shoots. All he wants to do is be near, even if it means attempting to scale an impossibly high (for him) boulder to reach where I was shooting from. So while I took a few, technically, better photos with the camera versus the cell phone, but I missed these clouds until the took a few parting shots with the cell.
Location Notes: The Arch itself is not as large as I imagined. From the photograph, it is about 5 shoulders wide and you can walk and stand directly behind the Arch. The usual photographs are taken from a large boulder just in front of the Arch. Wide angle (<20mm, but wider preferred) is needed capture the entirety of the Arch and the sky.
EXIF data: Nexus 5X cell phone, ISO61, 4.67mm, f/2, 1/2000 sec
Lone Pine (CA), Mobius Arch, Expanding Clouds, Mt. Whitney. Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, CA. November 12, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.