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Backpacker Magazine – June 2011

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National Parks: View Finder

Go ahead, look again. And again. These images are worth a third, fourth, and then a tenth gaze.

We pored over submissions from the best photographers on the trail—shooters who hike for miles with heavy gear to nab unexpected shots—to choose these grab-your-pack-now national park pictures. Here’s how to learn from their techniques, trek to their favorite spots, and bring home your own wall-worthy memories.

Denali
Kevin McNeal left Wonder Lake two hours before sunrise and hiked to this view of Mt. McKinley. He timed his trip for bearberry season; it’s only this shade of red for a few weeks in late August. “I positioned the camera close to the ground to exaggerate perspective and really get the vibrancy of the foliage to come out at the viewer,” McNeal says. The sky? That’s luck. “For this particular situation, I needed to bracket the images to expose one for the sky and mountain and the other for the foreground.” At home, he used photo software to merge the two exposures into one image.

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Hike it: Go to "Denali: Proving Ground" for an epic Denali route.
>> Canon 5D; f/16, 1/100; ISO 100


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READERS COMMENTS

Daniel Kraeger
Aug 09, 2011

wow those are awesome pictures, amazing, great job to all the photographers.

Eddy
Aug 06, 2011

It is 'pored'. Look it up in the dictionary. Great shot!

Anonymous
Aug 06, 2011

It is spelled "poured" not "pored".

Victor
Aug 05, 2011

Like the perspective...what makes a good photograph i feel is composition and the angle of the shot which makes it interesting...this photo has the essential without photoshopping for effects..

Victor
Aug 05, 2011

Personally i like to see nature untouched as it really is as natural as possible...the beauty lies in the experience of seen it for the first time...the impressions on your senses...the spiritual perhaps message that it carries from your soul...inspiration,etc

Victor
Aug 05, 2011

Very beautiful...i was there in the 70's...brings lots of memories...great place to visit

Victor Artigas aka Amigo
Aug 05, 2011

Easy as pie

Anonymous
Jul 28, 2011

I had the exact thought when I saw this picture! I had read the article in Outdoor Photographer a couple of weeks ago. When I saw this picture, and then read the tag line, I was a bit suprised at the "its no Photoshop trick" part.

mjfaucet
Jul 26, 2011

Not only did Kevin McNeal clone out the boardwalk, you will also notice that he changed the underwater detail on the left side of the image as well as made the water itself more blue.

Lori
Jul 20, 2011

Is the photo of Abyss Pool real? Yes and No. See this article in the August 2011 issue of Outdoor Photographer about how the boardwalk around the pool was cloned out so viewers could imagine they're the only ones present.

http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/how-to/photoshop-and-other-software/advanced-cloning.html

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