TRAVEL: “Hazy Sierra Foothills” from Sequoia National Park
I took this shot on my first trip to Sequoia National Park which is in the Sierra Nevada Range between Yosemite and Death Valley. It’s a heck of a drive uphill to about 7000 feet.
A COLD DAY 🧊
It was a cold day in December 2017. On my first visit to a location I generally figure out someway to scope out the area. This time I took a guided tour around the Giant Forest area in the early afternoon. The hiking was tough at 7000 feet and I had to stop often to catch my breadth.
THE COLORS 🌈
Part of the tour walked along a ridge that overlooked the Central Valley. I noticed this band of color in the clouds that did not fade away. This persisted all afternoon. Notice that this shot is not a sunset shot. The brightest part is near the top which means the sun is well above the horizon.
THE HAZE 🌫
After the tour, I looked for a good spot to take a photograph of the colorful clouds. I found a spot called Beetle Rock which turned out to be a cool location. This is where I noticed the haze over the foothills in the distance that added a cool abstract texture and a sense of depth.
THE SHOT 🌄
I framed up a shot that included the near mountains to add even more depth. The mountains also bring down the viewer’s eye to the foothills and creates the story of the photo which shows the Hazy Sierra Foothills.