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Mono Lake Tufa at Sunrise

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 19 April 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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Lee Vining, California
Eastern Sierra October 2015

After shooting the sunrise on the lake, I looked directly behind me to see the tufa structures illuminated with a warm gold light. It often pays to turn around and look in the opposite direction from a sunrise or sunset. I have posted Mono Lake images before (mostly iPhone) , but this was my first trip where I had been there for the best light. That is why I do workshops-to be with a group and a very organized and prepared leader who puts you in the right spot at the right time.

Now, more about the camera (see below): This camera has wifi which enables you to transfer images to another device. I like to email travel jpegs. There are also apps that allow you to control the shutter with a wave of your hand over the viewfinder or use your phone as a wireless remote. The most important advantage of this camera and the other Sony mirrorless bodies, in my opinion, is a feature called Focus Peaking. In manual focus, the edge areas in the scene are illuminated by red or yellow, so that you can clearly see what is in focus. This is extremely helpful in getting sharp images, especially in low light or at night.

My entry into the mirrorless camera world last August was with the amazing APS-C 24MP Sony a6000. I wanted a small camera that could fit in a pocket-one that would outperform my iPhone for hand held AF shots under challenging light. Additionally, I discovered that this camera produces outstanding image quality when used on a tripod with manual focus. Of course, a quality lens helps too (2 lenses made for crop sensors: Zeiss Touit 12mm and 32mm). Further discussion about the features of this camera to come as I post more images from my October 2015 Gary Hart Eastern Sierra landscape workshop.

Since I am now about two years behind in processing and posting images from my photobirding and landscape image-making trips, I have decided that in 2016 I was going to take a different approach. Many photographers periodically reflect on their work and at the end of 2015 I started to realize that it was time to get out of my rut. Instead of trying to post every image from an outing or trip, I am going to select images that I find most compelling, and talk about where, why, and how in my narratives. What I enjoy most about my immersion in photography is that every image represents a unique place in time for me, and there is a story to tell within and behind each subject and composition. Along with the motivation to take my craft up another level in the field, I have also spent some time trying to become faster and more proficient in my processing workflow, both in the programs that I use everyday (Lightroom and Photoshop), and in learning to use new ones (ON1 Photo 10 and Capture One Pro). Why do we make images? Is it a fascination with the gear-the technology, the process, or is it both a purposeful and serendipitous way of seeing and sharing our personal experiences? For me, it is all of that, and more. What is it for you?

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jean pierre a from France

paysage splendide! amitiés

19 Apr 2016 6:47am

@jean pierre a: Merci, jean pierre.

omid from mashhad, Iran

very niec shot
with beautiful composition, colors, lights, shapes & textures!
Amazing !!

19 Apr 2016 8:19am

@omid: Thanks, Omid.

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful composition !! There's something mysterious about this...I can see a regal if a long last Kingdom and the King turned into a stone by some witch !

19 Apr 2016 1:47pm

@Devi: Oh yes, the ancient seep of a calcium carbonate kingdom is immortalized in stone.

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Such a beautiful standout of textures and colors under the warmth of the sun!! Contrasts nicely against the sky.

19 Apr 2016 3:57pm

@Steven: Thank you, Steven.

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Fantastic work Julie! You made the most of the great light and detail of the rocks is superb. I like the tonal contrast as well between the foreground and the dark blue sky.

20 Apr 2016 2:16am

@Darkelf Photography: Thanks! You know well, that light like this is fleeting. I was fortunate to get this before the sun got too high.

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Great scenery, splendid light and colors !!!

20 Apr 2016 7:19am

@Tede: Thank you, Tede.

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wonderful landscape. I love colors and contrast between occhre and blue

20 Apr 2016 10:25am

@Focales: Thank you, Marie. Good point-our eyes are attracted to warm and cool colors together.

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Superbe ce paysage, surtout avec une telle lumière

20 Apr 2016 3:45pm

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Superbe!!!! la lumière est très belle!!

21 Apr 2016 7:35am

♡ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Très jolie photo !

22 Apr 2016 6:22am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


22 Apr 2016 4:45pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Gorgeous "fingers"

23 Apr 2016 1:34pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Cool landscape.

25 Apr 2016 2:30pm

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