Morning Light on Mt McKinley & The Alaska Range
Mt McKinley & The Alaska Range in the soft morning light, Denali National Park – Alaska.
Recently, I spent three days in Denali National Park and did some photography works after two years of inactivity. This is a 6:1 aspect ratio panorama from merging four horizontal frames. One could see both Mt McKinley’s North Peak, South Peak and Harper Glacier on the far right; other prominent peaks near by, Mt Foraker & Mt Hunter. I wish I could post full size image (21 megapixel/frame) so viewers could feel the full impact of this beautiful sunrise light on the Alaska Range. Since it might be difficult to see all the details from such a small image, here is an example of a single close up frame shot a few minutes earlier.
After two days in the park and countless hours sitting by Wonder Lake waiting for Denali to show up, I had lost hope to get a glimpse of what Ansel Adams saw when he photographed that famous Mt McKinley over Wonder Lake scene, but I got lucky on this third day. I shot all of these frames hand held while leaning out a window of a school bus rumbling its way out of Denali on unpaved park road. I wished I had ten minutes off the bus with my tripod to line up all my panoramic frames from a single axis, but our bus driver would not let me off the bus due to bear and bull moose sightings. I shot this grizzly bear on the other side of the road, then turned around and resumed photographing the Alaska Range. When friends found out I was going to Alaska again, a few asked why Alaska? This scene is one darn good reason why.
Will post more Alaska images as I have time to process them.
EXIF & Info
- Canon EOS 5D M2
- Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Circular polarizer
- [F8] [1/125s] [70mm] [ISO 100]
- Exposure Mode:
- Date Taken:
- July 27th, 2014
- August 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm