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Eastern Sierra near Lone Pine        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Driving to Crowley Lake up Highway 395 on a beautifully clear early spring morning, I was approaching the town of Lone Pine when I noticed the stark contrast between the jagged Sierra peaks and the eroded Alabama Hills in the foreground. This image is a composite created in the computer from five overlapping photos taken with the camera on a tripod with a leveling head. To emphasize the contrast between the land and sky, I used a polarizing filter to darken the latter.

  • Nikon F100, Nikon 80-400mm VR lens @ 120 mm; Ektachrome 100VS with polarizer (2001)