Mt McKinley Sunrise Aerial 3

Mt McKinley Sunrise Aerial 3

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This image of Mt McKinley is from the sunrise flight that I did over the Alaska Range in September. I had a lot of fun flying with the doors removed; the only downside was that I had to wear so many clothes to stay warm. I got a deal from pilot Don Lee to fly in his small Piper aircraft, but I forgot to consider that a smaller plane might not be able to reach the altitude that I like to shoot from. We only managed to coax the plane up to about 9000′, rather than the 12,000′ elevation that I normally shoot from in a Cessna. However, if I had been up any higher, the glaciers and ridges would not have provided as much depth leading up to the summit. I created this image with my Canon 5DmkII and Carl Zeiss 50mm f1.4 ZE lens.

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2 thoughts on “Mt McKinley Sunrise Aerial 3

  1. WOW I can just imagine the feeling in being in front of such beauty. Love the pink morning light . BTW what do you think of the Zeiss lenses? Interested in you opinion on those. Have you ever tried the 18 or 21 mm?

  2. I wrote a blog post a few months ago about my impressions of using the Zeiss 28mm f2 ZE, 35mm f2 ZE, & 50mm f1.4 ZE. Overall, they are very sharp and render beautiful color. I am going to test the 21mm f2.8 ZE in Patagonia in January. If you are concerned about shooting the best image possible and can justify the expense then I say go for it with 2 thumbs up!

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