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

Monday, November 1st, 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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Aspen and approaching storm, Conway Summit, California 2010

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III__EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM__1/45 sec at f / 16__ISO 400

Aspen and approaching storm, Conway Summit, California  2010

I have been spending time today catching up with post-processing my images from last weekend.  My style leans strongly towards making detailed and intimate views of the landscape.  Giving the conditions of an approaching Sierra storm, I widened out to include trees, mountains and clouds.  I experienced amazing light here at Conway Summit, as well as at sunrise on Mono Lake

The image made here was made last Friday, with two exposures blended in PS5.  The highlights on the clouds were just too bright to record with just a “normal” exposure of the aspens.

I will be posting more new images from last weekend soon.  I can’t remember when I made so many new images that I am excited about, especially on a short 24 hour trip over to Mono Lake.  We drove over the pass on Friday morning, and had to head back again Saturday morning in order to get through Tioga Pass just as the snowstorm closed the road.

Enjoy!  Stay tuned for some new Impressions of Light images of aspen and Mono Lake!


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