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On Otter’s Wings II

Otters Wings II

This is image was made during our flight around the summit of Mt. McKinley. You can find the complete story (and movie from the flight) in my 5 part series ‘Approaching Denali’. I was lucky enough to ride copilot on the first part of the flight. I gave up my seat on the second part. No way did I want to ruin my good fortune by capitalizing on the photo karma. The flight itself is about 2 hours and includes a glacier landing. Before you actually circle the summit, you spend a bit of time checking out the glaciers that lead to the mountain herself. These glaciers are massive sidewalks, cut through 10,000ft peaks, over the millions of years. I believe this one is the Ruth Glacier, and it’s close to 1.5 miles wide. Experiences like this redefine your perspective of time and place in the universe.

Capture Notes:

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1613)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 17 mm
ISO Speed 500

Processing Notes:

Capture – 1 image
Photomatix – HDR/Tonemapping
Nik Color Efex Pro – Pro Contrast
Nik Color Efex Pro – Skylight
Sized for web

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  1. Patrick says:

    amazing shot!

  2. This is absolutely epic. What a truly amazing place, and you’ve captured it perfectly.

  3. Dude…wow. I had to steal Heath’s word…epic. Unbelievable. I mean, not only is the composition and perspective amazing…but those lines and then the shadows from the sun…and then those clouds. I don’t think it could have been more pefect.


  4. Wow…just wow. Stunning!

  5. I’m literally at a loss for words. This is just a mind blowing shot in every way. From the composition to the surroundings to the processing. Heroic shot.

  6. In my opinion, this is the best shot of the trip. Really well done…from capture to post.

  7. Richard (oldhickory) says:

    Beautiful image, Justin! That red wing jutting in there is sweet. Amazing shot!

  8. Thanks everyone! Everything you see there is absolutely epic, on all levels. Wait until you see our runway on the glacier. Ski tracks just disappear into the distance.

  9. Awesome series Justin.

  10. Justin –

    One of your top 5 most dramatic images, well done!

    ~ jeff

  11. Truly incredible!!!

  12. Romaine Bata says:

    This is definitely an award winning photo…love it!!

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