Fine art photograph of Mobius Arch along the Mobius Arch Loop Trail in the Alabama Hills below Mount Whitney.

Artistic Milestone, Photography Award, Portal To The Sierras, Fine Art Photography, Authentic Creativity

International award winning photographer

Award-winning artwork, Fine art photography

We are absolutely thrilled to share some fantastic news about Cheyne’s fine art photography! “Portal to the Sierras,” a piece that holds a special place in our hearts, has just clinched a prestigious international award.

“Portal to the Sierras” has recently been awarded a distinguished international honor. The image has secured a notable accolade in the MML Photography Contest – an achievement that holds special significance for photographers like Cheyne. What sets this award apart is its stringent adherence to authenticity, as only film or images directly from the camera are eligible for judgment. The contest’s exclusion of any post-processing or Photoshop manipulation, underscoring a photographer’s true talent and vision captured in each submitted photograph.

We wanted to take a moment to express our gratitude to all our Collectors & Supporters. Your encouragement has played a crucial role in our artistic journey, and we are delighted to celebrate this milestone with you. We can’t wait to accept this award at the ceremony in Oviedo, Spain.

If you’d like to see the artwork at our Laguna Beach Studio or virtually explore “Portal to the Sierras”, feel free to reach out! Your interest means the world to us, and Cheyne is eager to share this recognition and the creative process behind this art piece with you.

Thank you for being a part of my artistic adventure!

It was a rare sunrise morning where I didn’t know if I would wake up to clear skies or a desert snowstorm. California has been experiencing a winter like never before, with the snow pack exceeding over 200% of normal snow fall. Storm after storm and I would myself camping in sub-zero temps and 50 mph winds at the base of Mount Whitney in the Alabama Hills.

Every morning I wasn’t sure if Mount Whitney, the tallest mountain in the continental US, would block the storm or just let it pass to fill the desert valley with snow. The past few days Mount Whitney had done little to interrupt the incoming storms, but the weather was showing a change.

I woke up to stars in the east, snow clouds still in-cased the Sierras, but I thought this was my best chance to capture a one-of-a-kind photograph. I left my tent and followed my headlamp deep into the Alabama Hills. I set up my camera under the spectacular Mobius Arch and used a compass to angle my view through the arch, ensuring a perspective of Mount Whitney, if it reveled itself from the clouds.

Doing my best to keep feeling in my fingers, I watched as the purple hue started to stretch. A glimpse of the mountains would come and go and I just had to sit and hope. The sun began peek over the eastern mountains leading to howling winds. At first the winds were a problem as it nearly brought my camera crashing down. Moments later though, Mount Whitney became visible among the epic glow of the morning light through the dissipating clouds.