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Week 47 Winner

The winner of Week 47 of our #52weeksofnature photo contest is Evan Rudderman (@evanruderman). Mount Fitz Roy is a spectacular sight to see from any angle, but when captured in a side mirror along the highway outside of El Chaltén it elevates the view to a whole new level. Evan has won a $100 gift code to hippytree.com and we are donating $100 to the Access Fund in his name. Learn more about Evan below.

Where was the image shot?
Los Glaciares National Park, Argentina.

What camera did you use and what were the settings?
Camera: Canon T2i
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Aperture: f/10
ISO: 100

Was there any special preparation required to capture the photo?
A whole lot of luck! I spent about five days in El Chaltén with the intention of shooting but got a bad weather window. I never got a clear view of the Fitzroy Range while hiking in the park or staying in town, but of course it was nothing but blue skies on my last morning. As I drove out of the park my eyes were fixated on this view of the Range in my mirror that I’d been waiting to see all week. Rushing to get to the airport on time, I pulled over, snapped this and was on my way!

How long have you been shooting?
I got my first camera about eight years ago and haven’t been able to stop shooting ever since.

What's your camera of choice?
As a student with little money for expensive camera gear I’ve been using the same Canon T2i that I got years ago as my first camera. It’s been all over the world with me and has always been reliable – it’s got a special place in my heart. That said, if I had a choice of any camera I’d certainly upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark IV…hopefully one day.

What’s your favorite subject matter to shoot?
Landscapes. I’m always happy to have a camera in hand and shoot in different scenarios, but there’s something powerful about working to capture the beauty of natural landscapes. Shooting landscapes also means you’ve got to get yourself to some rad places!

Do you shoot with a crew or shoot solo?
I almost always shoot solo but tend to be accompanied by friends or my older brother for all the outdoor adventures. I also work closely with a crew of friends on an online adventure journal, The Goodland, to share my photos and stories.

What excites you about photography?
Photography’s ability to represent the intangible parts of life. I was raised with the mentality “the best things in life aren’t things,” and I’ve always held this to be true. I really believe photos are the only way to capture and show the best and most meaningful parts of life, the intangible moments. Stories, relics and souvenirs all pale in comparison to a powerful image.

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