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Mono Lake Symphony | by David Shield Photography
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Mono Lake Symphony

Being a Landscape Photographer is not just about standing around for hours taking pictures. It’s about standing around for hours waiting for a moment.


Two hours earlier: There I was again, wondering if all my planning and scene envisioning was going to come to nothing. On this occasion, I was standing in the pouring rain at Mono Lake, looking up to the sky trying to decide whether to laugh or cry. I just stood there for probably 30 minutes, when all of a sudden my attention was drawn to the western skies. It was there that I could see the storm approaching, and it was from the West that I began to see some patches of blue beginning to form.


As sunset drew closer, I determined which area of the sky would provide the best chance for drama and color, and then set up my tripod and camera so I could capture the unfolding moments.


Even though there were other potentially good views worth shooting, I decided to concentrate on this one scene. I shot different exposures, to capture the scene in various ways while the changing light painted it’s colorful brush strokes. I used a four-minute exposure for this particular image, to extract as much color and drama as possible from the scene.


Nikon D7000

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 at 14mm

241 Seconds


ISO 125

B+W ND Grad

Singh-Ray ND Grad

Gitzo Tripod

Vanguard Ballhead


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Taken on September 8, 2012