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Silent Uprising

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High Sierra sunrise alpenglow | Inyo National Forest, CA


For anyone who hasn’t yet noticed, I’m a complete sucker for reflections. Mirrored light really is one of the most beautiful optical phenomena I know.


On many calm mornings, the surfaces of High Sierra lakes truly become glass -- yes, the water really was this still. Two hours later, the breeze picked up and the humbling silence yielded to ripples lapping against the granite-studded shoreline.


This lake does yield much better sunrise alpenglow shows than most others because there are no exceptionally high peaks to the east to block easterly light from setting the towering Sierra crest on fire.


One of the trickiest aspects of creating of photographing a large lake (large by Sierra standards, anyway) is to create a feeling of intimacy. For this shot, which is an 8-image panorama merged in Photoshop CS3, I’m just about lying down in the bushes and grass by the waterline to make the cove appear smaller. 0.9 grad, all handheld, single exposures (no HDR). As always, I much appreciate thoughtful feedback. :)


Have a great week, y’all!

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Taken on July 23, 2011