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Mono Lake Sunrise



I'm starting to think Mono Lake doesn't like me. I know that sounds odd but I've taken two trips over there inside of two weeks...the first trip a total bomb as it was terrible weather, snow, high winds, etc. So I went back to try again, and to meet up with MikeJonesPhoto to return his beloved lens cap (which I did reluctantly, it was a sweet lens cap!).


As crazy as it was, there was not a cloud in the sky so no dramatic sky's to enhance the moonscape scene of Mono Lake. So this shot above is not my typical style. I love detail and sillouette's are not my favorite but what I liked when I pulled this photo off my camera was the amazing gradients and color. This is a great example of just how great Canon sensors and glass are (shot this with a 5D with a 24-105mm).


I took this shot around 5am at the South Tufa's of Mono Lake. There was a slight breeze which created some small movement in the water so using an ND64 filter and cranking up to f/20 I was able to take a 15 second exposure to help smooth out the water.


Yes, that is a bird on the 2nd from the left Tufa. What kind, I'm not sure. This shot is best viewed LARGER to really appreciate the gradients.

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Taken on June 9, 2008