Friday Mystery Photo

Depending on which route you take it might take you between 45 minutes to 3 hours of hiking to get to this spot. It leads you to one of the highest spots in this part of the mountains. If you take my current route you have to clime at least 5 different ladders, each 20 to 30 feet long. I just stepped off one of those ladders, edged my self on the side of the cliff to take this photo, before climbing another one. Up and up.

So where is this and what that mountain in front of me is known for?

As always, it is much better viewed in higher resolution, just click on it to get there.

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35 Responses to Friday Mystery Photo

  1. Breathtaking. Like I’m standing on top of the world. Stunning!

  2. Don’t care where it is….it is a great view, captures depth and mood, height and a hint of exposure to the climb. Obviously the D800 is matching your aspirations! As you will have guessed…I like it.

    • Dmitrii says:

      Thanks. It is nice camera, a bit big and heavy. Bigger than D90… carrying it is not the easiest thing.

      • Yep I know….I use D700, but for traveling ‘lite’ I always use my D90 for exacvtly that reason. Even with a heavy zoom it is still just so much less weight to carry.

        The other trouble is as you progress with upgrades you also need to upgrade computers and storage. It is a never ending circle.

        • Dmitrii says:

          Last weekend I was looking at different settings on the camera and configured it to not compress RAW photos. When I got back home and uploaded them to computer I discovered that they are around 70MB each. Darn. In compressed form they are about 30-40MB, but 70!!! I quickly switched it back to sompress them. Processing those huge files does require more CPU power if you don’t want to seat and wait for each operation to complete, but what it really requires is more storage. I’m using 1TB drives now for primary and backups. Soon I’ll have to move to 2TB drives. More $.

        • Not noticed any loss of quality on my in camera compressed RAW images…Nikon seem to have that spot on. Good luck

  3. magsx2 says:

    I have no idea where the photo was taken, but good on you for going to one side and getting the shot, the ladder looks scary to me, I don’t think I would of been game to go to one side, but you got a beautiful photo, the view is spectacular. 🙂

    • Dmitrii says:

      Most of them are not bad, as long as you are not scared of heights. One is a bit scary when you have to get off you have to grab cable and walk side of the cliff. It can be a bit nerve racking during high winds or if it just rained.

  4. Stunning, beautiful, Dmitrii!

  5. amysomday says:

    My friend from North Carolina described such a place he has hiked,, is it Grandfather Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains?
    The photo is amazing, you did a wonderful job!!!

    • Dmitrii says:

      You are right on the money! It is Grandfather mountain, and if you zoom into the photo you we’ll be able to see the bridge, called “the mile high bridge”.

  6. This is pretty scary. I suppose you can’t be afraid of heights – wherever it is.
    GREAT shot … !!!!!

  7. morninggloryphotography says:

    Nice work. I’m guessing it’s not in Australia😄

  8. John says:

    I’m guessing I don’t know where the shot was taken but it reminds me of Appalachia… Nice shot. 🙂

  9. I enjoyed this view without getting out of breath from the climb.

  10. jazzersten says:

    Adirondacks? Nice photo

  11. orples says:

    Thank God for photos because this is a sight I’d never see if I had to climb 20′ ladders in addition to a steep incline to get there. Your scenery is breathtaking, so thank you for not being the wimp that I am. I love the way that you left that glimpse of a ladder in the corner of the photo to suggest the climb is not yet over. Really awesome photo! 🙂

  12. lrntn says:

    No idea where…but climbing the ladders sounds like a lot of fun. Great photo!

  13. Don’t know where this could be, but it’s gorgeous. Ladder looks pretty precarious though.

  14. Rebekah says:

    This is so stunning. I love it! 🙂

  15. Beautiful photo…awe inspiring. Thanks for a new view. Have a wonderful weekend. Jay

  16. 8teen39 says:

    I don’t have a clue where this is. I just know I’m staying as far away as possible. At the risk of missing a once-in-a-lifetime experience, I’ll enjoy the site through your photography, if you don’t mind. Great shot!

  17. I have to agree completely with 8teen39!

  18. Awesome photo! I just rented the Nikon to see if I’d like it. They accidentally sent med format lense with it. :-(. Other than that, I thought it was pretty awesome, although you can’t use LR with it–or if you can, I didn’t figure it out.

    • Dmitrii says:

      You might need to install latest update for Adobe Camera Raw, it has support for d800. I don’t use LR, but after installing latest update I could see new files in Bridge and can open it in ACR, then in CS5.

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