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Indian Paintbrush sets the stage for Broken Top mountain's debut as it receives the days first light.

I assembled this image from about 7 different images. 5 of them were for a focus stack of the foreground, my camera being approximately 2.5 inches away from that front most flower. I had to use an elaborate mechanism of rocks and tripod to get my camera in the right position. I've intentionally left the Aperture data blank because I had to use f22 for the focus stack, but then backed it off for the background and sky. I learned something on this trip, and that is that this lens(and maybe all lenses) will not focus to their closest focus distance unless you are at the smallest aperture possible. 14-24 closes focus distance is 2.5 inches, and I needed every bit of that. It's funny to think that any joe schmo passer-by would have looked at me and thought it pretty odd/funny that this guy is laying on the ground with his camera lens shoved up into a bush of flowers. 'What's that guy thinking? Look at the beautiful sunrise! Maybe he died from the beauty?'

I had to do a perspective blend also because getting the flowers in the frame like this only allowed me to get about the bottom 1/3 of the mountain in frame. Was ok as I was waiting for the perfect light to hit the mountains face while I grabbed my focus stacked shots. Once the light was on, I just angled the camera up, took a shot, and done. Grabbed a separate exposure for the cloud too, as these clouds were flowing over the mountain really quickly, and changing with every second. The way they were getting compressed up the back side of the mountain caused the airflow to really spin them off the tip, creating a lot of interesting shapes. I shot several but chose this one because I felt like it resembled a huge phoenix like bird flying over. Pretty sweet.

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