Sunrise Storm Clouds, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, California 2010

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro__1.0 sec at f / 19__ISO 200

Sunrise Storm Clouds, Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve, California 2010

The morning after I photographed at Conway Summit, I got up early to photograph sunrise on Mono Lake.  I have been photographing the lake since the late 1970s, and my first published photo was for the Mono Lake Committee in 1980, which has been instrumental in preserving the Mono Lake ecosystem.

As you can see, I was blessed with a colorful and dramatic sunrise.  As with the previously posted aspen photo from Conway Summit, I used two exposures in a seven stop bracket and blended them in Photoshop CS5.  In order to preserve any detail in the bright strip of sky on the horizon, I had to underexpose several stops below the meter’s reading.  That one very dark exposure was blended with a more “average” exposure, which had all the details I needed in the rest of the scene.

Enjoy!   Bill

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  7. Hi Bill, I like the way you alternate between straight and other types of photography. Today I just dropped by the Weston Gallery and saw your “impressionist” show or whatever you call it. Very beautiful. The one they hung right by the stairs to Richard’s office, I forget the name of it, is just superb with amazing blues, greens and shapes. I commented to Richard that I have been experimenting with this type of work too. Probably many people who view those images have no idea how difficult it is to do that type of photography well. I probably need to take one of your workshops. Richard said the prints are selling well too, which I hear is also not so easily done with that type of work. Public acceptance of photography abstracts is definitely growing though I notice. Richard said part of what makes it work in your case is that you have been known as a top-notch straight photographer for many years. Great show.

  8. Thanks for the feedback!

  9. Love the new Blog William, You are an inspiration to many including myself. Very nice shot and processing in this one. Will come back often. Keep your passion alive my friend


  10. Amazing image! Mono Lake is one of my favorite places! you captured it in such an amazing way!