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Week 44 Winner

The winner of Week 44 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Rich Weit (@richweit). Most people choose to drive through the giant sequoia grove in Sequoia National Park, but this week's winner Rich Weit had another four wheeled mode of transportation in mind. Rich has won a $100 gift code to and we are donating $100 to the Surfrider Foundation in his name. Learn more about Rich below.

Where was the image shot?
Sequoia National Park in California.

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Sony a7rii
Lens: Zeiss 24-70mm
Shutter Speed: 1/100
Aperture: f/6.3
ISO: 2000

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
I was on a cross country road trip by myself from New York to the West Coast, and Sequoia National Park was definitely on my list of places to see. When I checked out the Tunnel Log, I just knew I had to skate the road so I grabbed my board out of my jeep, put my camera on a tripod and set the self-timer. I had to move fast because this spot in the park gets pretty crowded. Surprisingly enough I got the shot on the first try!

How long have you been shooting?
About three years. I took a film photography class my senior year of college and scrapped all prior plans to follow my newfound passion as a photographer and artist.

What's your camera of choice?
Anything from the Sony mirrorless line. I've had my Sony a7rii for over a year now, but still love shooting film on my Canon AE-1.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Landscapes. Every place in the world is unique and can be seen differently than before. I am always trying to find that different perspective every time I go out to shoot.

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I love to collaborate and shoot with others but sometimes going out by myself with only my camera can be extremely rewarding, yet also humbling.

What excites you about photography?
Photography has truly provoked my desire to travel and to be inspired by new places, people and things. I would not have experienced half the things in my life if it wasn't for photography and I'm stoked to see where it will take me next.