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...this is the story of Johnny Rotten.

Nope! Just a story about a few guys heading deep into the mountains for a few nights. Without doubt my favorite place to photograph is deep in the high mountain backcountry. Unfortunately, this is the one location I have the opportunity to shoot the least. Perhaps twice each summer I strap on the pack and make the long haul to one of these stellar locations, many of which rarely feel the weight of a set of tripod legs. Since getting to these remote areas requires a fair amount of work, the images I bring home also hold a lot more personal value. It's safe to say there are very few “fine art” renditions of this particular lake and peak out there – which is such a nice thought since this is an era in which accessible locations are literally shot to death. A quick search of the google images turned up exactly zero. Don't get me wrong, people do visit this spot in large numbers, but not many schlep all of their camera gear as well. The image itself is actually a reprocess of one I took two summers ago taken with some old climbing buddies on our annual trip into the Washington Cascades. This peak and lake are just a tiny portion of an area which begs to be explored-- several passes to hike, untold peaks to walk or climb up, plus tarn filled basins to wander through seemingly around every bend. I could have filled a week or more visiting all the nooks and crannies and seeking out new places to shoot. A veritable photographer's paradise. In fact, it there was a road leading to within a mile of this place it'd easily make the must-do list of Washington locations. Luckily, there's not. Definitely an “artistic” rendering, combining two image captured several hours apart (mostly so the Milky way would rotate into position). The sky may seem a bit “crunchy” since I still had my trusty, but poor ISO peforming d300 back then. Anyway, thoughts and comments welcome!

Thanks to Neil for the title as his song was stuck on permanent rewind while romping through these here mountains.

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