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Sunset and moonrise over McGee Canyon

And it's back to photos I took earlier this month in the Eastern Sierra. Above is a great sunset + moonrise that came out of nowhere while we were hiking out of McGee Canyon. (The glorious sunset part came out of nowhere; the moonrise was on schedule!) 

I like the shot -- well as much as I can like any of my own crap -- but this photo breaks a rule. The horizon line, in this case the top of the mountains, sits just above the midpoint of the photo.

On the plus side, you get to see lot of pretty orangish sky. On the downside, some may find the photo looks out of balance or just not all right in the head. There's also this: looking at vertically-oriented shots on computer screens (iPad excepted) doesn't really do them justice. 

Camera & Settings: Nikon D5100, Nikon DX 35mm lens, IS0 320, f/5.6. 1/125th shutter. Handheld, shot in RAW and processed in Lightroom. 

Note: This was shot on the fly when the sunset came out of nowhere. Ideally I would have had a spot picked out and used a tripod. That said, I was smart enough to shoot in RAW and RAW really helps when you don't nail the exposure or parts of the image are too dark.

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This photo is ©Steve Hymon 2013 and may not be used elsewhere without my advanced written permission.

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