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stealing the last sunlight

It was a very last minute decision to visit Mono Lake after a full day skiing at Mammoth. The Lake is ~30 miles northeast of the resort, and we were considering dropping by the next morning on our way back to SD (a little detour from our 7-hour drive). I was woefully under-prepared for a more serious photo trip, brought my XTi instead of 7D and left my ND filter at home. Luckily we got there before sunset but finding the mountains to the west blocking the sun on its way down. Nevertheless as the sun dropped behind the Sierra range, it colored part of the western sky and painted this tiny pool by the Lake bright pink.


I took a series of photos of this scene with the intention of HDR, but ended up liking this single shot with some LR basic adjustments most. I will post more Mono Lake photos in upcoming postings.


10-22mm @ 22mm; f/11; ISO100; +1EV; 1s; Circular Polarizer. And check out the larger version by clicking on the image.

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Taken on January 29, 2011