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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 29 Winner

The winner of Week 29 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Sean Hedges (@seanhedgesphoto). Sometimes the best photos require the least preparation and are all about putting yourself in front of a spectacular view. Sean 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?
Mammoth Lakes, CA

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 6D
Lens: Sony 24-70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/250
Aperture: f/4.5
ISO: 250

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
I was camping in Mammoth and knew I really wanted to visit this spot. I arrived an hour and a half before sunset and waited for the light to hit the mountains.

How long have you been shooting?
I was gifted my first camera 7 years ago. My camera collection and love for photography has grown ever since.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
The California coast and just about any national park.

Where would be your dream location to take photos?
The Grand Tetons.

Who are some photographers that inspire you?
Forrest Mankins, Samuel Elkins, Kristin Ellis, Russell Holiday, Woody Gooch.

What excites you about photography?
I love when all the elements come together and line up for the “perfect shot.”