Early Morning in The Sierra Nevada

One morning early, near Mono Lake, this great view of the Sierra Nevada mountains presented itself. As you can see the sun was just coming up behind me and lit up the mountains in this red glow.

The sky was pretty spectacular too, all the more rewarding to see as this was my last day and there had been no clouds in previous days. This is always a beautiful area and there is always something wonderful to shoot, but when Mother Nature helps a lending hand with such beautiful clouds and color, it is a very satisfying thing. I “knew” I had a great shot as I tripped the shutter and a quick look at the LCD screen confirmed as much.

About this shot:

Canon 5D Mark 2 with a 24-105 f/4 L lens, set at it widest (24mm). 1/6 second at f/18. Shot on a tripod with cable release.

This is a 3 shot HDR using Photomatix’s fusion process to blend. I find it a less “aggressive” method of blending these shots.p49130006-4[1]

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This entry was posted in California, HDR, Sierra Nevada, Travel.


  1. Flickr: Accendoimages October 26, 2011 at 9:57 pm #

    Love the colors and comp

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  5. Flickr: DigitalTrinity October 26, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I saw this photo. I Love My Friend\’s Pic ^_^/

  6. Flickr: javirunner October 27, 2011 at 7:49 am #

    Wonderful Picture, Group Award, Seen In :

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  7. Flickr: Io, Marina October 27, 2011 at 4:43 pm #

    Awesome job this deserves Flickr’s "World Cup of Photography" Award!

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  8. Flickr: HSILAICA October 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm #

    beautiful~nice fall colors

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  10. Flickr: Daniel Mennerich (Home Sweet Home) October 28, 2011 at 10:23 pm #

    A wonderful hdr work! I like it!!

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  11. Flickr: spartano2010 November 6, 2011 at 1:33 am #

    bellissimo scatto

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