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Mountain Paradise - Pines Beach, Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe (Explored #2 - Thank you!) | by Joshua Cripps
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Mountain Paradise - Pines Beach, Zephyr Cove, Lake Tahoe (Explored #2 - Thank you!)

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Just spent an amazing weekend in Tahoe for a friend's birthday. Three days and nights of partying, hot-tubbing, feasting, breathing the clean mountain air, and of course, photography boot-camp style.


I visited Tahoe for the first time as a photographer about 6 months ago and fell in love with its beauty. There is something about the white granite boulders in the clear blue water that is just mesmerizing. Although I live at the coast, my heart is always in the mountains, a fact that I was strongly reminded of this weekend.


Here's a shot from my first sunset of the weekend. Little did I know this light was only a precursor of amazing things to come. :)


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Tech Notes on this Photo



Nikon D300s

Tokina 12-24 mm


f/9 - sharpest spot on my lens but still provides sufficient DOF at 12mm; helps defocus scratches, drops, and dust on my filters/lens

6 sec

12 mm on a crop sensor

Lee 3-stop and 2-stop soft GND Filters, handheld at an angle roughly along the slope of the hill to the left.




In Raw Converter (Nikon Capture NX2)

- Processed single raw file twice, once for sky, once for foreground

- Global contrast for added pop

- Slightly darkened and added contrast to the sky to add oomph

- Brightened foreground by ~2/3 of a stop and added contrast

- Brightened snow and hill on left


In Photoshop:

- Noise reduction via Neat Image

- Selective sharpening of rock in foreground and hill on left

- Curves layer to slightly brighten image

- Curves layer to add a small amount of global contrast

- Hand blended in another shot which was ~2/3 stop darker in order to recover bright highlights at the horizon


Thanks for looking!




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Taken on January 14, 2011