"Mountaintops in Clouds"
About Deven Hickingbotham
Almost entirely drained of color, two mountaintops rise above the clouds. They are spotted with thickets of dense, dark trees that alternate with patches of bare white snow. The rest of the landscape remains obscured, further bringing out the mountaintops as isolated islands among a sea of white, buoyant clouds. When all of these elements are put together, they make for an iconic and captivating photo.
His award-winning photograph "Mountaintops in Clouds" was taken in the Donner Summit area near Tahoe around Christmas of last year. Hikingbotham was skiing at Sugar Bowl when he saw he had "certain weather conditions that covered everything but a few mountain tops." And, as he put it, "it was a composition that was clearly attractive." He pulled out his Nikon B40 and snapped the photo.
-- Aaron Guggenheim
Deven Hickingbotham's "Mountaintops in Clouds" takes us far beyond the hustle and bustle of everyday life to a serene place. We were struck by the elegant simplicity of this image, especially the delicate rendering of the clouds.
-- David Hibbard
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