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Solitary Peak

Solitary Peak

Finishing at nearly 32 megapixels and a file size of 24 megabytes, this image is by far the third largest panorama photo I've produced. I remember trying to shoot this as a single frame with my 16mm wide-angle lens, and the best I could do was catch just the hill in this photo and not even the water reflections. I did my best to try shooting as far below as possible to avoid capturing the trees at the top of the image, but only managed to get a good 90% of the hill. The final product out of the camera was stunning. It took me the past four days to post-process the photo, not because my computer was slow, but because the photo didn't seem right to me the first several tries.

So I caught this photo on my first evening in Guilin a little while after arriving at my hotel. I went around asking some of the local natives to find out where I could climb the closest hill to try and catch a view of the sun setting on Guilin's surrounding karst mountains. One lady directed me here, the Prince's Palace, a historic place where many of the emperor's soldiers would come for training and education. After finishing my tour around the palace on my own, I then went to try and find a restroom and that's when I found myself here right by Duxiu Peak, a.k.a Solitary Peak. I actually climbed the mountain first to capture all the panorama and sunset photos I needed of the city before climbing back down and racing to this spot to catch this photo before the sun was completely gone. I explicitly remember trying to capture the setting sun as well since it was still up in the sky, but moving any further left or right, my view would be blocked by the trees on the sides of my frame. Nevertheless, I got an excellent photo (in 32 megapixel goodness too!) and I couldn't be any happier to have brought it back home with me.

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