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Azure Blue - Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California | by Jim Patterson Photography
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Azure Blue - Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, California

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The snow started falling during sunset the night before. We knew sunrise may be tricky depending on how much snow had fallen. We also knew that fresh snow would give us a totally different landscape than we had bene shooting the last day and a half.

 

The day before we got to Emerald Bay way too early and waited for the sun to rise. As much as I wanted to adjust our sleep schedule to sleep in, I knew the fresh snow would slow us down. Yeah, it slowed us down.

 

Ice on the truck and windshield meant using a credit card to scrape it off while blasting the heater and defrost on full blast. Down the road, we knew chains were required. Luckily there was a gas station with covered pumps to put the chains on with clean, dry ground.

 

This pano was almost an afterthought. The best skies had moved through the area and we walked back up to the parking lot. Heading out to the vista point, I thought, "hey this is a nice vista!". Coincidence?

 

The slate gray sky pretty much meant a slate gray lake, but I whipped out the Gold-N-Blue polarizer and was impressed at how it just made the lake sing when rotated the right way.

 

Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 24mm (6 images stitched)

Singh-Ray Gold-N-Blue Polarizer

Lee .9 Soft GND Filter

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Taken on May 28, 2012