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.