Sunrise on Mono lake

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    Digging a shot from my archives that I came across while tidying up my photo collection.

    Mono Lake, as has been explored here, here and here, is a fascinating place to shoot - at sunrise, sunset or even at mid day. So it was this worthwile trip to the Eastern Sierras for the first time last year that yielded this shot. Since then, I have been there a few times but have never seen the same color and lighting.

    I remember waking up that June morning from my campsite in the June Lake loop at the unearthly hour of 4:30 in freezing weather and rushing off into my car for the short drive to Mono lake. As I arrived there, an armada of photog's automobiles complete with the wife making hot coffees waited there. Wading through this crowd, I made my way to the crowded shoreline of the lake.

    While most of them had their cameras tuned westward towards the Sierras to capture the alpenglow, I was not mature enough to find a good composition there. Instead I started to take a look at the rising sun that had just crested the distant hills and waited.

    I collected five exposures to create this hdr image and processed to make it look similar to my minds eye. View large on black

    Mono Lake
    CA USA

    CONOR LEDWITH, fede_gen88, and 10 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. CONOR LEDWITH 68 months ago | reply

      Thats a beautiful location, lovely job on the exposure.
      Where I photograph I seldom ever meet a photog bar the occasional tourist

    2. OtraVision() 68 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called JUST A PERFECT SHOT, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      so so beautiful landscape andpicture
      congrats my friend

    3. Robert Pearce Photography 68 months ago | reply

      Beautiful capture and nicely processed.

    4. ssri 68 months ago | reply

      One of the better done HDRs IMO.

    5. leapin26 68 months ago | reply

      This is very gorgeous!

    6. kimbar/Thanks for 1.75 million views! 68 months ago | reply

      You are my winner!
      Please add this photo to
      invited with SICI (2009-06-19)

    7. vincega 68 months ago | reply

      my congratulations for this great shot!!

    8. Intentional Vision 68 months ago | reply

      I like this photo and used it in my blog Yes to Me.

    9. JPBJr. 67 months ago | reply

      Great sunrise.

      Please add this picture & any other pictures of Northern California or taken by a Northern California photographer (any picture world wide) :

    10. xray95 67 months ago | reply

      Very Nice :)

    11. Jared Ropelato 49 months ago | reply

      great soft color and tone in the sky

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