The Great One

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© Donald Garrett
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UploadedAugust 2, 2009
TakenJuly 1, 2009
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D60
Exposure1/1600 sec at f/5
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length180 mm
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This was a real O.M.G. moment in my photographic life. Mt. McKinley at 6:00 AM in a glint of morning sun. The clouds gradually lifted over a period of 15 minutes to reveal this awesome sight. "Denali" is the Athabascan word for The Great One. (unedited)

29 responses

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    Magnificent, Don! You captured its awesome majesty. The lighting is dramatic and soft, revealing the beauty of the details. Beyond fabulous.

  • Bermi Shutter

    Bermi Shutter gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    WOW....great shot and moment!

  • diana

    diana (Deleted) gave props (2 Aug 2009):


  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    simply fantastic!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    This is definitely an O.M.G. photographic moment!!! We were in Alaska for two weeks once and the clouds never lifted for us to see it!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    An ethereal shot, Don. Stunning!

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    WOW!! O.M.G.!! What a shot Don!! Have you framed this yet? Manificent shot!!! National Geographic shot there!!!

  • Maurie A

    Maurie A gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    O.M.G. is right!!! Can't even imagine what that moment was like in "real" life :) Magnificent!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (2 Aug 2009):

    O.M.G. is right! This had to be the most fantastic moment photographer or not. I am so glad that YOU got to experience it!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (3 Aug 2009):

    WOW, WOW. WOW, Don. This sure is a great one. Bravo!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (3 Aug 2009):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (3 Aug 2009):

    She is so aptly named. I prefer to call this magnificent mountain by its native name---Great mountain and great shot!

  • Benny R@mirez

    Benny R@mirez   gave props (3 Aug 2009):

    great shot!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (3 Aug 2009):

    That had to be a moment in time you will never forget..Wonderful image and glad you experienced and photographed it!!!

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   gave props (3 Aug 2009):

    Amazing image. Wonderful capture. I am soooo jealous!

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (3 Aug 2009):

    When I first saw this photo, and before reading the above comments/props, my first words were OMG!! Congratulations on a magnificent shot!

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (4 Aug 2009):

    Incredible shot!!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (4 Aug 2009):

    Breathtaking! This is truely the Great One! Love the light. Fabulous work, Don!

  • Nancy Berman

    Nancy Berman gave props (5 Aug 2009):


  • Jennifer Benmouna

    Jennifer Benmouna gave props (7 Aug 2009):

    amazing shot

  • Liliane Paingaud

    Liliane Paingaud gave props (8 Aug 2009):

    Ah! Denali, this name always takes me away from here with delight! You captured all the magic of this awesome mountain...

  • Angelo Narciso

    Angelo Narciso gave props (16 Sep 2009):


  • dp *

    dp * gave props (21 Sep 2009):

    Wow, lovely photo Don. This is a beauty! dp

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett said (21 Sep 2009):

    I certainly had a good time capturing it! No time to compose...was afraid it would cloud back over!!

  • Elaine Manley

    Elaine Manley (Deleted) gave props (1 Oct 2009):

    omg is right .. I cant stop looking at it ! sorry if I commented on this before I cant see all the comments to see if I did or not

  • J.C. Collier

    J.C. Collier gave props (1 Oct 2009):

    Gotta love the mountains... and I sure do too.

  • Drew

    Drew said (25 Mar 2010):

    Nice texture on the mountain.

  • Bernard Reznicek

    Bernard Reznicek gave props (11 Dec 2010):

    Great luck you had, but you must have been well prepared. This is a signature photo.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (14 Sep 2011):

    Holy Mackeral! I wonder if I could of taken a ttv of that gigantic mountain...probably not! Wowie, excellent image!

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