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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 1 Winner

The winner of Week 1 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Wesley Daniel (@wanderer_of_radness). We're looking forward to another year of amazing photography and can't think of a better way to kick it off than this idyllic shot of Reflection Lake in Mount Rainier National Park. Wesley has won $150 and is getting his winning image printed on a HippyTree t-shirt. Explore the Nature Photography Collective section on our site to view t-shirts of past winners.

Where was the image shot?
Mount Rainier National Park, WA

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a7R III
Lens: 24-70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/500
Aperture: f/7.1
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
No, our first visit was a bust. It was rainy, foggy and you couldn’t see anything. So on our last day of our PNW trip we decided to skip Crater Lake and go back to Mt. Rainier. It couldn’t have been a more perfect day for hiking and shooting!

How long have you been shooting?
2 years ago I bought my wife a APS-C camera and I basically stole it, so since then.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Astrophotography. Nothing beats finding the darkest place on the map, road tripping to it, setting up your camera and seeing the Milky Way pop up on your display.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
Just my wife and I, we make a great team.

What excites you about photography?
The places it takes you along with preserving those adventures and special moments.