Derek Sturman on Mirror Lake HWY
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From Derek about this image:
Location: Mirror Lake Highway, Uinta National Forest near Kamas Utah. (near soapstone basin area)
Nikon D810 - Tamron 15-30 (15mm F/2.8 25" ISO 8,000)
4 Image vertical orientation pano, with stretching to make everything look balanced and not distorted by the lens.
The airglow and light behind the tree was highly emphasized to look the way it does, this was a personal choice to create the sense of singularity or importance. There was airglow but nowhere near that bright (obviously) so that is simply an artistic interpretation. Foreground processed separately from the sky, sharpened for web using the TK action panel.
I've been wanting a shot like this for a while now, and I've been frustrated trying to find a location with pine trees thin enough to create the effect I wanted. Surprisingly it wasn't actually that hard to get the alignment I wanted when I spotted this one very tall tree amongst some other brush and trees. Not long after capturing the full pano I was surprised to turn on my light and see a pair of eyes that sat almost 6 feet off the ground within 200 feet watching me from the tree line. Being me, I called out "Hello?" on the slim chance it would somehow reply with some calming words. Instead there was no reply, so I promptly began to heading back twords my car.
after beginning the drive home I discovered a tic crawling up my windshield, and a second crawling up my arm. After pulling over to very thoroughly shake off or pat down every centimeter of my body I got back in the car and started on the road again. Perhaps an hour later I was brought to and instant cringe as I could feel one crawling up my neck. This time I was in the middle of a tight turn on a narrow canyon road and had to grab it with one hand and quickly through it out the window to avoid an accident.