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My Dad and I walked in near-darkness. Faintly visible, just ahead, were huge boulders, part of the Alabama Hills. We dragged my friend Gary along too, although he was the first up at 5 AM, dragging us from the Motel. We set up our cameras, Gary down the path, and my Dad and I side-by-side, just like we planned on our scouting trip the day before. We were ready to capture the first light on Mt. Whitney and the Alabama Hills in Californiaâ€™s Eastern Sierra.
The light was not yet visible to our cameraâ€™s film and sensors, but it was starting to make an impression on our imaginations. I set up my camera, and then checked out Dadâ€™s. The compositions were similar. I asked myself: Is it important to always find my own perspective, my own interpretation of the world? I realized that it is okay to capture a shared composition, the same picture. But it was not only images that we were capturing.
The light became brighter and the landscapeâ€™s deep pre-dawn blue became sunrise-red. Sunrise light is fleeting; the intensity sometimes lasts mere seconds. My Dad and I enjoyed those fleeting moments. Strung together, a life time of such moments is the heartâ€™s album.
Lenticular clouds graced the sky that day. Swirling and shifting, they did not stand still as they drifted over the landscape and created a sense of being in a magical spot. We clicked our shutters and froze time. For one quick moment, that spot was the place to be, the best place on Earth.
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