As this whole crazy thing wraps up, in spite of getting wrecked, I feel nothing but gratitude for the people, the trail, the mountains and the love that exists here. As with any big trek, there are a couple lessons given, and a lot to think about.
Here's a photo of one of the ubiquitous yak trains in front of Nupste
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Eureka Dunes, Death Valley National Park. Nearly 700 feet tall, Eureka is one of the highest sets of dunes in North America. It’s also a bit out there in DV and required a good 2 hour drive on gravel roads. Yet we were getting passed by people so maybe we could have cut that time down a little? Just saying @imgimagery... When we finally got there and saw the main dune, I was totally content with just shooting from the base and getting some abstract shots. “You want to climb up that thing?! Naw I’m good...” I said. But somehow I found myself heading up the dunes nonetheless, thinking I’d stop half way up after grabbing some shots like this where we could look down on some of the smaller dunes. “I’ll just see how it looks over that next ridge.. and that one... and that one... annnnddd I might as well go to the top...” So I did! It wasn’t easy but I’m really glad I “summited” the dune because it was absolutely gorgeous and a crazy feeling being that high above everything else in the surrounding valley.
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- Canon 5D IV, Canon 170-300 4-5.6L, Induro Stealth CLT103 tripod
- ISO100, 100mm, F11, 1/125s
- Shot in RAW, processed in Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop
I would have loved to capture a startrail like this on my trip up through the center of Australia last year. This is somewhat a creation of my imagination. The startrail is a 5 hour startrail captured on a recent trip to Mungo National Park, blended together with a late sunset foreground image of The Olgas. In reality I don't think I would have been able to capture the celestial pole so centered over the mountains, and leaving the camera in the middle of the road for hours probably would not have been a great idea either, though there's likely very little traffic at night. The startrail is ~500 images (f/4, iso 3200, 30 seconds) stacked in StarStax.