One Shot: Golden Hills

One gorgeous fall day, I spent the afternoon driving a winding route through the Sequoia National Park in central California. On my way back towards Ducor and Bakersfield, the road took me through this gorgeous golden glade of grassy foothills and scattered trees, beautifully lit by the lowering western sun. I couldn’t resist pulling over to snap a few shots.

I thought the roadsign was a nice feature to include, especially since it meshed nicely with the color palette of the hills and contrasted with the blue sky. I shot an HDR bracket to ensure I could preserve the rich color of the sky, and to preserve the shadow detail of the fenceposts and trees.

Technical: Canon 7D with Tokina ATX 11-16mm f/2.8 @ f/5.6, ISO 200. 3-exposure HDR image processed with HDRSoft Photomatix and Adobe Lightroom.

I’ve always believed that the mark of a successful travel photo is that it makes the viewer want to visit that spot. One Shot posts are meant for that purpose: to share a single photo that I think captures a location nicely, and is worth lingering over for a moment. I hope you agree!

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