Sunday, October 24, 2010

Mono Lake

Mono Lake, originally uploaded by Della Huff Photography.

This image turned out much differently than the one I had in mind. Yesterday there was a full moon rise. At least, I think there might have been. It was so cloudy and rainy in California that I doubt many people actually saw it! I had been planning to photograph the moon over Mono Lake for months and even though the weather report didn't look promising, I stubbornly headed over the Sierra anyway. It snowed as we headed over Sonora Pass, and although it wasn't raining in the Mono Basin, the clouds were thick and stormy. The fall colors were absolutely gorgeous, though! I have a few images of the aspens to share soon. I also enjoyed checking out Bodie for the first time.

Long story somewhat short, I gave up on the moonrise and settled for a few ND110 long exposures of the lake during the afternoon, then headed to Lee Vining to watch the Giants game. The only restaurant open in town during the winter had a local watching the Tennessee college football game (!), so I ended up watching the game at the Mobil station at the beginning of the Tioga Pass (which had just closed in the afternoon). It was a surreal experience, especially since there were more Phillies, Dodgers, and Braves fans than Giants fans in the place! What state are we in again?? But the Giants won, much celebration was had, and then a long drive back over the Sierra (the looooong way, nearly up to Tahoe and back down 50).

Canon 5D Mk II, Canon 24-70L, f/11 @ 90s, ISO 50. 10-stop neutral density filter.

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1 comment:

Joy said...

Della, rain, shine, nor inclement weather interferes with your bringing on stunning captures! :) The lake seems so calm and placid, you would never guess the surly weather conditions.