Ahhh the Cheery fishing hole

One of last week’s adventures took us up to the familiar Lakes Basin, where i have spent many a time fishing and cross country skiing. There are multiple lakes up in the basin and one of the best for shooting has always been horseshoe. It is also one of the most challenging. Earlier this month i spent some time at that same lake photographing the clouds that were hanging around as well as a picnic bench; well this time had a much more ominous feeling.

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We were literally watching the storm move over the crest and then down over Mammoth Mountain. It was a black and white paradise with drama everywhere. It was also a particular challenge to the group to get into, myself included. You could say my mind was elsewhere…where’s the snow gotta ski, gotta ski! Sorry momentary lapse. The storm and the lake brought back good memories of skiing across the lake when it was frozen. Mom loved hearing that.

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Knowing that the sun would never set in the sense of giving us an actual warm toned sky, everything shot was in the mind frame of B&W. Well towards the end of the evening which was around 7:30, a small opening popped up and a light color came through. It wasn’t much but it gave a nice finally before the drama disappeared and we were left with grey.

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Images captured with D3, AF-S Nikkor 70-300 Vr, AF-S 24-70 f2.8, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

Enjoying the dead forest

When i heard the weather forecast for the next few days was going to be nothing but thunderstorms, i had but one thing to say, “AWESOME!” The thunderstorms here in the Sierra’s are just spectacular and produce some of the greatest images, provided would don’t mind the off chance for electrocution. Nah just kidding! That would only happen with the 600 out, or would it? With that in mind i went up to the Lakes Basin a little before noon and found some clouds to play with. Up at one of the lakes the trees have been killed by Co2 poisoning making them white. Well the trees maybe dead but they leave behind a great look when combined with the living trees, this can add a more interesting foreground and middle ground.

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Images captured with D3, AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f2.8, on Lexar UDMA digital Film

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