National park photo ops: In case of emergency, break glass — or just take a picture

Mountains loom beyond a tour bus window's exit sign in Alaska's Denali National Park.
(Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

Sometimes the best compositions just happen. While bouncing along on an old tour bus in Denali National Park & Preserve in Alaska, I looked over at a friend who was dozing off.

He was bored, and I was looking for pictures. The graphics of the emergency exit were calling to me and waiting for the proper scene to fill the rest of the window.

To get everything in focus, I used a very small aperture (f/32) — and got the picture I wanted.

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In honor of this year’s National Park Service centennial, the Travel section is posting 100 park travel ideas and tips based on trips staff travel writer Christopher Reynolds has taken, along with photo-op advice from Times photographer Mark Boster. We’ll post one per day through Dec. 31.

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