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I was finally back to Mono Lake for my second visit. The first visit here with the bootcamp crew wasn't so pleasant. Hwy 120 was closed due to snow. We attempted try to hike to the lake through 3 feet of snow, and that was a complete disaster as well, so coming back to this location for another try was very exciting to me. The excitement was sucked completely out of me when I saw that there where crystal clear blue skies when I arrived. At one point this guy comes up to me about an hour before sunset and said "wow look at this light, it gets no better than this." I'm not sure what light this guy was seeing, but believe me the light was not great, especially at the time that he was talking about. I was somewhat discouraged, but when I arrived I saw reflections of the tufas everywhere. I figured I'd concentrate on the reflections than photograph this wide view with an uninteresting sky. I walked around over an hour to see if I could see a comp that I would like to possibly shoot once the sun fell behind the mountains. Although there were clear blue skies, I knew that there would be some type of afterglow towards the east and if I stuck around I may be able to make something happen. The water was completely still, the reflections were like glass. It was somewhat eerie to see the water so still. Sure enough the afterglow came. I wasn't expecting the glow to be this intense. The glow on the horizon was incredible. When I took my first shot, I couldn't believe how clean the raw file was. I didn't use any filters at all. No CPL no grad....nothing. One exposure.
Hope you guys enjoy the image, have a great week, and happy shooting.
And I have to thank my buddy Jean Day for encouraging me to post this image, because if it weren't for her, this may have been sitting for a while in the hard drive. Thanks buddy!