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Backpacker Magazine – January 2014

Your Best Shots 2014 Reader Photo Contest

Pouring over 500-plus photo submissions would be grueling work in any other contest. Not this one. Your striking images prove BACKPACKER readers explore the backcountry's best places, and have the skills to bring home amazing photos. Here are the best of the best.



Yosemite National Park, CA
Kat Carney

Carney, 26, of San Diego and her boyfriend had been fending off mosquitoes on their four-day trip in early July, which started in Inyo National Forest (from Saddlebag Lake), then alternated between Hoover Wilderness and Yosemite. "A full moon foiled any plans I had to take star shots," she says. "So while swatting mosquitoes, I set up this shot as my boyfriend got into his sleeping bag. I wanted the moon at my back to light up the background. His headlamp lit up the tarp." The combination of moonlight, lamp light, and lack of breeze (no fluttering trees or tent) allowed for a long shutter speed, enabling Carney to use a relatively low ISO and keep the dark photo from becoming too noisy. Admire the photo and Carney's dedication to capturing it: The duo forsook a proper tent to save weight-so they had no bug net-but Carney still packed the DSLR and a small tripod. Info Canon EOS Rebel T2i, 25 seconds at f/2.8

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