Hanging Rock

Hanging Rock

f/7.1, 1/100, ISO-200, 18mm

This is the culmination of the journey at Effigy Mounds, a10 foot square fenced off overlook on the Mississippi River and a marvelous view of the bluffs on the western bank. The morning I was there it was particularly hazy, even at 10:00 (it took me nearly exactly 3 hours to hike to this point).

The area here is a little cramped, so I had to forego the 50mm lens on this photograph and mount the 18-55mm stock lens. I confess to tweaking the colors and shadows a bit to add drama to the image and make it appear that I had gotten there a couple of hours sooner than I did. I’ve come to the conclusion that you need to start this trek a good hour and a half prior to sunrise in order to maximize the potential photographic opportunities along the way. I don’t even know for sure if it’s open that early.

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  1. Mike October 17, 2011 at 6:24 am #

    I like the shot. A little planning always helps on a photo trip or hike. I usually study the maps and plan to be in certain places based on where the sun will be in the sky when I get there.

    • AJBopp October 17, 2011 at 11:02 am #

      I tried to plan, but it was hard for me to judge how long the trip would take, and I didn’t really know what I would find when I got there, or what would be a good location to catch the sunrise. I certainly wasn’t expecting a three hour hike!

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