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A foil to my last picture, depicting a blue sunrise, this picture, taken 28 minutes later, shows a climber watching the sunrise, now filled with yellows and oranges, from the subsummit of Baldy Point.

I had just finished reading "Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography" a week or two before I took this picture, and in one of the articles entitled "Demystifying the Diffraction Fringe" he discussed different light effects, among them the diffraction fringe. He included a fairly detailed description of necessary conditions, and as I stood about 60 feet behind the other climber, just low enough to be in the shadow of his head, I ran through the checklist mentally--I was just about 60 feet away, the sun just about fit behind my pinkie, I could just about get it to fit behind his head, and the sky certainly wasn't clear.

Conditions being slightly less than favorable for the diffraction fringe, I realized that my placing myself in a position to take the diffraction fringe had composed an interesting shot of its own. I went ahead and took three or four, and have been more than pleased with them, and did manage to get a weak diffraction fringe lower on the figure where the mountains blocked some of the excess light that washed the fringe out near his head.

The mountain that is mostly covered up by the figure is Mount Lugert, just to the figure's right is Williams Peak, the long flat-topped mountain is...well...Flat Top Mountain, with Soldiers Peak appearing as a small summit of Flat Top on its right side. King Mountain leads out of the frame.

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Additional Photos by Sam Beer (SamB) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 429 W: 58 N: 416] (1948)
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