Dawn in Albion Basin

Dawn in Albion Basin

Like the colors of autumn, wildflowers in July are a ritual in the mountains. And there’s no better place than Albion Basin in Alta, Utah at the head of Little Cottonwood Canyon.

Photographing Albion Basin is a bit daunting, to say the least, simply knowing where to begin. With over 120 species (count em, you’ll see) it’s a spectacular array of color dominated by the bright yellow small mountain sunflowers.

While the wildflowers are a colorful treat to the eyes, they present interesting challenges to the photographer. In the early morning hours, sun paints the mountains while wildflowers languish in the shade. And when the sun breaks through, the reflective light off the bright yellows and whites can easily wash out detail.

This image was made just after sunrise on the mountain tops – over an hour before sunlight would wash across the flowers. It was made with a Manfrotto tripod mounted Nikon D300, f16.0 at 1/13th of a second at ISO 200.

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