Capturing the photograph above required scaling some 50 feet down the side of the rock face atop Lost Mine Peak.
As for what this formation is… Well, judging distances can be a bit tricky. In person it felt like I could almost reach out touch it but my map’s contour intervals indicate the nearest noteworthy elevation, Panther Peak, is nearly two miles from Lost Mine Peak and across a chasm named Smuggler’s Gap.
From the viewpoint of hanging off the side of a mountain it didn’t look all that far away. On the other hand perception is a funny thing. The ledge down to which I had climbed did not, at the outset, seem all that intimidating. However, after capturing this photograph my contemplation of the boulders, which were one step and a fall of few hundred pulverizing feet below, made things look a lot different than I had at first thought.
The original image is a Tagged Image Format File (TIFF) with a file data size of 35.1 megabytes (MB).
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Unless otherwise noted the image was corrected to offset color shift and balance. This restores black (shadows), white (highlights) and neutral gray (neutral mid-tones).
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