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Sunrise on Mono lake

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


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Taken on June 1, 2008