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Picket Post Mountain by TrentLarsonphoto Picket Post Mountain by TrentLarsonphoto
Finally, I got something worth posting (or at least I think)!!! I've failed on every outing in the last month to come away with something, and I almost did this time, and I failed right after taking this. I was driving around the Phoenix area and noticed more snow than usual on Four Peaks, so I decided I would head out there for sunset, until I saw Superstition Mountain. From the freeway, it looked like there was a lot of snow on the mountain (i've only ever seen snow on it once before) and decided this is a rare sight, so I better get my ass out there. The closer I got, the less snow I saw on the jagged rocks that make the mountain so beautiful. I was really upset by this and decided to risk something getting a shot of a new place instead of the same old Superstition Mountain shot, not that it ever gets old. I saw this mountain to the south of US 60 and knew this would work. Too bad most of the snow was on the other side. After I took this, I decided to stay for some star trails. My batteries were probably at about 80% so I knew I couldn't do a lot of trial and error. I decided I would go with 400 iso and 40 minutes to be safe. I also have a noise reduction thing that takes as long to work as the exposure was. Once the exposure was done, there was one more bar of juice left and it died when I had 3 more minutes of noise reduction. I sat out there for 2+ hours with nothing more than a light sweat shirt in 35 degree weather! My thumbs felt like they were smashed by hammers.

Picket Post Mountain - West of Superior, Arizona
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PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
This is awesome. That lighting is perfect. The comp works well here, but the foreground is just slightly underexposed (kind of works for this one though). I'm so mad I didn't go out yesterday.
TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2011
Thanks Peter! I was actually thinking that today. It looked a lot brighter in photoshop. I might go back and do one more burn layer. I actually wasn't planning on going out yesterday, but I threw my camera bag in my car anyway and ended up going. I just wish I would have gone to Four Peaks or back into the Supes. I saw George's campsite picture from out there...that's nuts!
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2011
Yeah, the red on the mountain seems to be the main focal point of the image and draws you in first. I guess it might be personal preference. I saw snow on the Mcdowell's when I woke up and immediately thought of going out and it never happened. Stuff melted so quick too. His shot really made me want to get up there too haha.
TrentLarsonphoto Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Yea, my parents told me there was snow on the McDowells and I went over to their house at about 3 and it was completely gone. It never last there
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011
Yeah, I went out every hour just to take a look and it was amazing how quick it was gone.
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