It was still dark as night when my friend Mike and I left our Minden, Nevada hotel at 4:30AM, headed down US-395 for Mono Lake. The drive south was disappointing because the absence of natural light meant we were deprived of the beauty of the scenery along the route but on a small positive note, we were not distracted and arrived at South Tufa well before sunrise. We expected other photographers to be there too for the sunrise shoot but not several dozen! It looked like the Nikon User Community, Nikonians, had their workshop on the same morning so many of the "prime" spots have been staked out. Also, with so many shooters in a small area, we have to wait longer if we want no humans in our frame.
Not sure why I did it, but I brought along my tripod so I used it for this bracketed composite of 3 captures that I tonemapped in Photomatix Pro. This photo was taken at the beach just off the boardwalk, and looking at the eastern mountain range.
This photo is part of a series of images captured during a road trip to the eastern Sierra of California in October of 2011. Most images were captured along US-395, in Mono Lake, Bodie, June Lake Loop and some in Yosemie Valley, California.
Mono Lake is a lake in the Eastern Sierra of California. Located within the western desert basin in Mono County, it is fed by snowmelt from the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains and has no outlet to any ocean. Because it has no outlet, dissolved salts and minerals carried by the snowmelt make the lake very salty and alkaline. There are no fish in the lake but as much as 85% of California Seagulls are born in and around the million-year old ecosystem of Mono Lake.
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