MANUEL STEVENS

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SONY A6000, 12MM, 1/5S / 30S, F/8 / F/5.6, ISO 100 / 400 Hav­ing been told of the beauty of Cas­tle Hill, when he fi­nally got the chance to pho­to­graph it, Manuel dis­cov­ered that the land­scape was noth­ing like he had ex­pected. His usual style is min­i­mal­ist and clean, so he couldn’t rec­on­cile the in­tri­cate for­ma­tions of twisted rock to find a work­able com­po­si­tion.

“I found my­self wan­der­ing around in cir­cles for hours, re­fus­ing to let the land­scape get the bet­ter of me,” he said. The golden hour came and went, with the rolling gran­ite grant­ing no mercy. Walk­ing back to the car de­feated, Manuel stum­bled on this basin, which pro­vided about as clean a line as he was likely to find and led the eye neatly up to the snowy peak and the stars above.

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