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Trip to Sierras – Part 3

Dana Mountain and Gibbs Mountain

Time for Part 3 of my 4 installments of pictures from my trip to Lee Vining a couple weeks back. (Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 4). This post covers the second half of day 2 - my favorite time from the entire trip. Click any of the panoramas for larger versions.

Picking up from the previous post, we had just finished up some quick pictures at Lee Vining creek. Well-rested, rejuvenated and excited about the sunset, we headed back up Tioga Pass to visit a gorgeous meadow I'd seen earlier that day. It would be the perfect place for sunset. But we still had several hours before the light was right and I saw a stretch of birch trees I wanted to check out for some possible fall color. Although the fall color wasn't phenomenal, the thicket of birch trees turned out to be lush and beautiful to venture through. A little creek winding its way between the trunks served as a great foreground subject for one of the shots. My favorite is the panorama below.

Birch Trees

Birch Trees

Birch Trees and Creek

After the birch tree forest, we made a quick stop on the side of the road to capture some better fall color and a rare black and white of a mountain peak.

Fall Color in the Sierras

Mountain Peak

Then it was off to the meadow...

We first stopped at Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite. My original plan (from scouting the spot earlier that day) was to stick around in Tuolumne Meadows until sunset. We got there early, claimed the spot I'd scouted earlier that day and then I started planning my shots. It was gorgeous for sure - Tuolumne River flowed gently through the meadow and mountain peaks stood majestically in the background. Only problem was...I just wasn't jiving with it. The compositions just weren't working no matter how hard I tried to troubleshoot them.

Good thing I had a plan B.

I decided we should ditch Tuolumne Meadows and make our way back up Tioga Pass to the lesser-known Dana Meadows. Covered in snow and with Dana Fork winding perfectly through the foreground to reflect the stunning Dana and Gibbs Mountain peaks in the east, I knew this spot was what I was looking for. I swear, this meadow was so picturesque that if you asked a hundred people to imagine a mountain landscape, 99 of them would be picturing this spot.

All I needed was a gorgeous sunset and, thankfully, nature served up some amazing light absolutely drenched in color. The snow picked up all the pink and purple just as I had hoped and, with my trusty split NDs in hand, I was able to walk away with my favorite pictures from the whole trip. You can tell how much I loved this spot by how many damn similar pictures I took of those same mountains and creek!

Dana Meadow

Dana Meadow

Dana Mountain and Gibbs Mountain

Dana Mountain and Gibbs Mountain over Dana Fork

Dana Mountain and Gibbs Mountain

Dana Mountain and Gibbs Mountain

That's the end of Day 2! Just one more post to go!

Yet Another Beach Sunset

As I've mentioned, this time of year is primo for shooting sunsets in So Cal. So, I always end up hitting the beach quite a bit to try and get some new material. This is peak season (no pun intended) for what I do. If I were a Santa impersonator, this would be my Christmas.

I went back out to Crystal Cove on Friday. Judging by the clouds all day, I thought the sunset was going to be a winner. But, of course, the clouds were all burned off down by the beach. If you know me, you know I hate clear blue skies - it makes for boring landscapes. It turned out okay, but a sunset brimming with color would have made the shots much more memorable.

I found an interesting rock that looked like two discs stuck in the ground. It was the center of my attention for the evening.

With my RAW files loaded up on the computer, I decided to get a little creative with the white balance and cropping to make a shot different from my usual. I thought the cool tones of a heavy-blue white balance and a panoramic cropping on the following picture worked quite well.

There ya have it. Thanks for stopping by!

Great Sunset at Crystal Cove

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Decided to head out to Crystal Cove State Park yesterday to catch the super low tide and see the sunset. I knew from the way the clouds were looking throughout the day that the sunset was going to be really colorful - I was right. I'm not in much of a talkin' mood right now so I'll just let the pictures speak for themselves...

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Want to see this scenery for yourself? Join me on a workshop to Crystal Cove State Park! Information here!