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Moon Glow


Long exposure


Sierra Nevada Mountains, California USA

The Sierra Nevada Mountain range has been a source of inspiration for photographers and other artists for generations. This mountain range runs 400 miles north-to-south, and is approximately 70 miles across east-to-west. Notable Sierra features include Lake Tahoe, Mount Whitney at 14,505 ft the highest point in the contiguous United States, and Yosemite Valley carved by glaciers out of 100-million-year-old granite. The Sierra Nevada range is also home to three national parks, twenty wilderness areas, and two national monuments that include Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Traveling late at night on a photography trip, this late night scene begged to be captured. While setting up my camera around 2am, I observed this massive Pacific wave storm system fighting the mountain range’s high peaks. Even though the moon was bright that night, it was the lightning that was mostly illuminating the liquidy clouds from below. If you caught the lightning during a 20 second exposure, the clouds would expose as a ghostly tidal glow. “Moon Glow” might be better titled “Lightning Glow”.

2014 EPSON Int'l Pano Awards Silver Award
World's Top 10 Black & White Photographers Finalist 2018

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