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#52weeksofnature Photo Contest Week 43 Winner

The winner of Week 43 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Max Rivera (@maxsvisions). There is a big difference between taking a picture and creating a photograph. Congrats to Max for transforming an ordinary landscape into an extraordinary composition of the Eastern Sierras. He has won a $100 gift code to hippytree.com and we are donating an additional $100 to the Surfrider Foundation in his name. Learn more about Max below.

Where was the image shot?
Alabama Hills, CA

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon 60D
Lens: 18-35mm
Shutter Speed: 1/60
Aperture: f/8.0
ISO: 160

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
There wasn’t much preparation, we just heard that this awesome geologic formation existed at this spot. We spent the night at our campsite and then found the trail in the morning.

How long have you been shooting?
I've been shooting seriously for about 3 years but my passion for photography and videography started 6 years ago with my GoPro.

What's your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Definitely landscape or astrophotography, mainly because there is a considerable amount of unpredictability between the two.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
Crew for days! Always fun to take photos and explore with other people.

What excites you about photography?
Landscape photography is exciting because it motivates me to get outside and explore new places. My most memorable experiences stem from my camping and photography trips.

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