Denali Dawn: Behind the Photo
We were extremely fortunate on our Alaska trip to find clear skies over Mt. McKinley (a.k.a. Denali). This is unusual enough that even the employees at the Princess Wilderness Lodge where this image was taken were outside taking photos of each other with the mountain in the background. Princess would like you to believe that Denali is looming over the main lodge deck, but it is more like 40 miles away, about the size of your fist at arms length. Having said that, it was still a beautiful view.
The view from the Princess lodge is looking generally north, many photos you see of the mountain are taken from inside the national park looking west or southwest. On this particular morning my tripod was already on it’s way to our next destination in our big checked bags, so I braced my 70-200mm Sigma telephoto lens on a wooden guardrail and fired away. This particular image has had some photoshop actions applied, others in the linked gallery have only had level tweaks and such applied. I feel fortunate that we were able to see this great mountain so clearly, it was quite memorable.