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Images We Remember

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We were located just under 40 miles south of Lake Tahoe for the weekend. The weather was extremely nice in the shade of the pine trees and waking up next to Indian Creek Reservoir wasn’t bad either. Sunsets and sunrises were spectacular.

There was absolutely too much sunshine during our drive around Monitor Pass and through some of the other canyons so I used my polarize filter on the Zeiss 35mm lens…always comes in handy during these times of the day.

Some would argue that Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) had a better set up when he was rumored to have been holed up in a cabin to write “For Emma, Forever Ago”. It would seem that this lake revealed something mystic as the 8 year old with us said this is were fairies come to rest and cool off (I’m not arguing with a child).

Incredible to view sunsets like this away from the city lights. The temperature that night was around 80 degrees and the lake was chirping with beetles, birds, and ducks.

It’s always fun to shoot at night…and especially fun with long exposures and some flash lights…everyone got involved and had their own ideas. The one above is from the artistically gifted 8 year old. It is a turkey, right? Below is something I concocted to show support of the city I live in…not the baseball team I disdain with cheerful boos.

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Shooting a Star

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The feeling is truly amazing when you leave a big city and head into the woods for solitude. But amazing is also a sensational way of describing the image below of a shooting star that was captured when I tried long exposure photography for the very first time.

The example below is a shot I was able to take when I camped in the Eldorado National Forest region in Alpine County over the weekend (quick tidbit: Markleeville is a little cute, quaint town that is worth stopping in). Located in Indian Creek Reservoir, the campground was next to this beautiful lake that seemed too perfect, especially in the mornings when the sun rose right over the horizon and into the water’s reflection. And at night, a pinkish hue lit the sky, here, before the stars were introduced to above our heads.

Since I was in such awe of the night’s sky, I completely forgot to follow the technical aspects of long exposure and just shot wide open at f2. Next time, stopping down on any long exposure will be the second thing I do after I calm down from the giddiness of actually doing night photography.

Here’s another shot of the night sky.

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