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Western Beauty: Via Readers' Best Photos

Posted by Karen Reardanz on September 06, 2016
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  • Sunrise at Yosemite National Park in California, picture
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    Photo: Rob Eng
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    Sunrise at Yosemite National Park in California by Via reader Rob Eng. Eng describes the photo process: "It was taken on Feb. 16, 2014, in the morning. It's a high-dynamic-range image, which means it's three separate pictures taken with three different exposures compressed into a single image. The image was taken with a Nikon D800 with a starting setting of ISO 200, f/14 at 1/60 second."
  • Lone Ranch Beach, Oregon coast, picture
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    Photo: Bart Schuck
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    Lone Ranch Beach, Oregon, by Via reader Bart Schuck. Schuck says, "This photo was taken on Sept. 20, 2012. It is a stretch of beach area north of Brookings, Oregon. I was up before 8 a.m. photographing the area. Hence the overcast.”
  • Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, picture
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    Photo: Nadia Hansen
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    Antelope Canyon, by Via reader Nadia Hansen. She says, "Antelope Canyon is located on Navajo land east of Page, Ariz. This picture was taken in the afternoon when the colors are most vibrant."
  • Alviso in San Jose, California, picture
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    Photo: Susan Grant
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    Alviso in San Jose, California, by Via reader Susan Grant. Grant says, "I've always thought that Alviso is full of Kodak moments. I believe this photo was taken from the marina on Feb. 13, 2011. Fremont Peak is in the background but obscured by the clouds."
  • Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Utah and Nevada, picture
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    Photo: Maria Theresa Luna
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    Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park by Via reader Maria Theresa Luna. Luna says, "I took the picture of the Monument Valley in August 2014. It was such a beautiful late afternoon while I was on the balcony of the View Hotel (in Utah). It was my birthday week.”
  • Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe, picture
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    Photo: Jonathan Jensen
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    Regan Beach in South Lake Tahoe by Via reader Jonathan Jensen. He says, "From 2011 until 2014, I lived in the Al Tahoe neighborhood of South Lake Tahoe. When I could, I would either walk or ride my bicycle to work, which took me past Regan Beach. During the week before and after the Burning Man festival, many of the burners would pass through Tahoe, and quite often I would see rock art they left. Sometimes spirals, sometimes hearts or other geometric designs. On a perfectly still morning I saw this photo just waiting to be taken."
  • San Francisco, California, picture
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    Photo: Janelle Anderson
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    Fort Point in San Francisco, California, by Via readers Austin and Janelle Growth.
  • Mono Lake, California, picture
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    Photo: Martha Johnson
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    Mono Lake, California, by Via reader Martha Johnson, who says about the photo, "This was taken August this year in the afternoon, off Highway 120 at the Forest Service walkway to the South Tufa. We walked the interpretive trail along the lake edge. It was such a beautiful day, and the lake was like glass."
  • Sunrise on hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, Utah, picture
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    Photo: Ron Blagg
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    Sunrise on hoodoos in Bryce Canyon, Utah, by Via reader Ron Blagg. He took the photo on May 16, 2009, at 6:30 a.m., using a Nikon D50, 200mm lens at f5.6 at 1/800.
  • Shark Fin Cove in Davenport, California, picture
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    Photo: Chris Terstegge
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    Shark Fin Cove in Davenport, California, by Via reader Chris Terstegge. He says, "The Milky Way Galaxy high above the Shark Fin rock with a red glow on the cliffside and rock itself from nearby bonfires. This photograph was taken during a windy, chilly night in Shark Fin Cove, Davenport, California."

In the Fall 2016 issue of Via, we put out a call for your amazing photos of the West in celebration of our National Parks Centennial poster. And wow, did you deliver. We received more than 100 photo submissions—so many in fact, that we couldn’t fit them all in one slideshow. So here's a selection of some of the finest. We'll publish more reader photo slideshows in the coming months.

If you’d like the chance to be featured, email your beautiful, original photos of the West to blog@viamagazine.com, along with your name, where you live, and a sentence or two about where and when you took the photo.

Happy travels!