(NOTE: I've decided to repost these pictures because they did not get much exposure in the obscure thread that I posted them in... and I feel that they warrant their own topic.) For those of you who have never heard of Galen Rowell, I hope that you enjoy his work. Few photographers have ever been able to match Galen Rowell's mastery of natural light. Ansel Adams considered Rowell to be his successor, and many people since have called Rowell "the Ansel Adams of color photography." Not only did Rowell capture otherworldly scenes without the aid of post processing techniques or expensive lenses, but he also knew how to convey a sense of adventure in his work. One way that Rowell was able to capture such amazing scenes was through the use of graduated neutral density (ND) filters. If you don't know what a graduated ND filter is, it is essentially a piece of glass, half of which is darkened (generally by 1, 2 or 3 stops). Galen's cameras would be considered "crap" by OTs standards. Even for the day, his 35mm Nikons were nothing special. Rowell preferred to pack as lightly as possible. On top of that, his early graduated ND filters were no better than the cheap Cokin filters of today... yet he was still able to capture incredible shots. I apologize for the mediocre quality of these images. The real ones are quite spectacular... but you have to pay a hefty price to get decent prints (or decent digital images for that matter). Climber on Pinnacle near Mount Whitney Sunrise on Tioga Pass, High Sierra Horseman beneath giant sand dune, China In high winds on Anye Machin, Tibet Clearing storm over Yosemite Split rock and cloud, Yosemite Russian prop plane in ground fog Unnamed peak above Braldu River, Pakistan Moonrise at sunset from Cathedral Peak Sunflowers at dawn, Eastern Sierra Self portrait at dawn, Torres del Paine Cuernos del Paine at dawn, Patagonia Sunrise over Victoria Falls Valley of Ten Peaks, Banff Fall dawn at Mount Shuksan Moon over Everest Rhododendrons in old-growth forest Aerial view of San Francisco Winter in the Patriarch Grove Twilight and fog, San Francisco Bay Peter Croft with diffraction fringe Peter Croft on Evolution Peaks Twilight surf, Marin Headlands Peak spring bloom, Vollmer Peak Spring dawn in Tilden Regional Park Back road through the Owens Valley ... and more to come.