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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.

When a mountain goat appeared above Hidden Lake, Ian Shive knew he’d lucked out. Only problem: low light and no tripod. Solution: burst mode. By pressing the shutter release once for five shots—not five times—you reduce camera shake. The sharpest image, says Shive, is usually the third.

Hike it: See page 30 in our June 2011 issue for our top multiday routes.
>> Canon 5D Mark II; f/7, 1/40; ISO 200

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