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Fall Mornings on Mono Lake

This morning was the start of another Eastern Sierra Adventure and began at one of our all time favorite places, Mono Lake. The family has come to the lake for decades, photographing everything from the Violet Green Swallows to the Sage Thrashers, but this time we left our 6’s at home and focused on the landscape.

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The morning was a beautiful one, with a small slit in the clouds letting in enough light to make some drama happen. Starting at -2 exposure comp and in vivid, the light as it slowly rose caused the compensation to rise to around -1. It was a simple clean shot morning minus all the Eared Grebes that migrate through at this time of year and stop at the lake. I thought they looked like little bumper cars floating around ready to hit one another, Dad just shook his head. This is also the time of year of many photographers on the shore line being that it is such a great time to be shooting. Of course Dad and I shoot there even just to practice panning technique in sucky light before photographing planes but I’m sure that’s just us .

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Towards the time our stomachs were ready for something to eat and some more coffee, a low cloud hovered over Lee Vining for a while giving another unique opportunity. I thought it was cool to see a cloud that low. We all agreed that it was a UFO trail left from an abduction. Oddly enough it disappeared not too long after we said this.

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Images captured with D3, AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f2.8, AF-S Nikkor 70-300 Vr, on Lexar UDMA Digital Film

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