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Wild Iris and Sierra Sunset by narmansk8 Wild Iris and Sierra Sunset by narmansk8
This photo is a Finalist in the Outdoor Photographer's 2nd Annual Natures Color Contest! Here --> [link]

I spent weeks walking around through these fields trying to find the best area to get a nice composition of a large area of irises with the Eastern Sierras in the background and trying to capture some unique lighting. I went out to these areas on so many sunrises and sunsets trying to capture some clouds in the scene but sadly the clouds would either not be there or dissipate by the late afternoon. But, luckily, toward the end of these iris's bloom season the clouds decided to linger and I was able to capture this sunset light over these beautiful flowers.

Owens Valley, Eastern Sierras, Ca.

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This is, perhaps, one of the most difficult shots to take in the Eastern Sierra. I myself spent many long hours trying to get a comparable shot and never accomplished the feat. Similar images have won awards for photographers such as Verne Clevenger and the late Galen Rowell.

I love the detail of the irises. The flowers are well saturated and you can see the variation in colors. The wide angle shows off the mountain range that defines Bishop more than any other feature or landmark very well. The only thing that could have improved this (and good luck getting it) would have been if the mountains could have gotten more light, exposing more detail. I love the color and visual impact of the clouds.

Well done, Nolan.
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First off, I'll this is one of the most gorgeous landscape photos that I've ever seen. It's pictures like this that inspire me to pick up my camera, and travel the world.

I think the most attractive thing about this photo is how the background and foreground give off different aspects of color, but blend together. The flowers give off a soft air, and the sky gives off a strong feeling. The clouds are ominous, and the forest is homely. It's rare to convey so many emotions in one picture.

There's so much going on, but it all seems to blend together and catch the viewers eye. "A picture speaks a thousand words." and this picture is no exception. If anything it screams it.

With a nice title, this could easily be a prime candidate for a movie poster. I'm not the most savvy photographer, but this piece of art definitely catches my eye.
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011   General Artist
zootnik Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011
I have featured your photo in my journal [link]
ThaiLover Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2010
Cali is beautifull!
Dieffi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have featured this beautyful shot in my collection "sky over landscapes".
I hope you will agree!
dancinmeatwad Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010
nature is so beautiful
YannickDellapina Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2009
Tkrain Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well done, Nolan! I can't tell you how many times I've tried to capture this particular scene in this way (well, back when I lived in Bishop).
starrysurrealism Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2009   Photographer
I like the composition of this one better. I also prefer the perspective. :)
Romylyn Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2009
Wow amazing capture ! This place must be stunning !!!
Imthenats Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoohoo! That's the place to be. 8-)
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