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Mono Lake Sunrise Reflection from Black Point

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 13 May 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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Lee Vining, California
Eastern Sierra October 2015

This is a view from the north end of Mono Lake , looking west toward the granitic Sierra Nevada. The greenish hill to the right is of volcanic origin (black ash is visible on the slope), as is the lake bed and surrounding low mountains to the east. Just south of this location is Tioga Pass, which leads to the eastern entrance of Yosemite National Park.

The Sony a6000 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. One of the most important aspects 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?

Sony ILCE-6000 1/8 second F/11.0 ISO 100 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

mono | lake | california | sunrise | sonya6000 | eastern | sierra | julielbrown2015

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This photoblog is my nature journal and travelogue. Many of my wildlife images were made in environments impacted by humans. My goal is to feature each animal in a way that allows the viewer to sense the essence of its life in the wild. The purpose of the accompanying narratives is to enhance awareness and appreciation of our natural world, as well as to inspire everyone to protect and care for it.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Sure looks a good place to 'get away from it all' . . or, perhaps, to find it !

13 May 2016 6:48am

@Ronnie 2¢: Exactly. This vantage point is not easily found by the average tourist. Nor would they want to. Not the typical photo op where you drive up, get out of the car, snap the photo and move on to the next stop.

Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Wonderful landscape. I love colors of this sunset

13 May 2016 7:32am

Babzy from Besançon, France

lovely reflection !

13 May 2016 8:10am

jean pierre a from France

tres joli reflet! amitiés

13 May 2016 9:00am

Devi from Chennai, India

fabulous reflection shot !! Looks heavenly:)))))

13 May 2016 10:11am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece


13 May 2016 11:26am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Fantastique comme photo.

13 May 2016 4:07pm

Harmonia from Bondues, France

Superb !!!!

13 May 2016 5:44pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

This is a stunning landscape. Nice work.

13 May 2016 9:12pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Wow, Julie!! This isJust wonderful....such a peaceful blend of elements!! I Love this one :-)

13 May 2016 10:27pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

Brilliant warm light that just kisses the peaks and reflects nicely in the foreground.

13 May 2016 11:35pm

@Darkelf Photography: Thanks, well said!

L'Angevine from Angers, France


14 May 2016 9:42am

♡ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Splendide photo, j aime beaucoup...

14 May 2016 12:08pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Colorful landscape here

14 May 2016 12:55pm

Colette from Alsace, France

De grands espaces absolument magnifiques!

14 May 2016 3:20pm

Anita B. from Bretagne, France

Magnifiques couleurs et reflets !

20 May 2016 6:24am

ceteceva from France

Paysage grandiose et jolis reflets !

21 May 2016 4:46pm

Chetan from Gurgaon, India

Beautiful reflection and colors

22 May 2016 5:54am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful. I guess you are about to wrap up another school year. I was always counting down the days at this time of year.

24 May 2016 3:19pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks, Barbara. Yes, just about two weeks left. I have a big trip planned to the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec, so I won't be going to Colorado this summer with only a 6 week break. But I will go back to the Eastern Sierra in October.

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

What a nice scenery! Love the symmetry of the reflections.

25 May 2016 9:48am