Mono Lake Blues

May 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Mono Lake #1

We stopped off at Mono Lake in the mid-afternoon after visiting the abandoned mining town of Bodie, but we initially stopped on the northern shore at the small visitors centre (not the main centre). This was not the best side to visit for photography as access to the shoreline is restricted to wooden boardwalks. These take you through the marshy edges of the lake and closer to some of the tufas on that side, but it was too restricted to get a good shot. I returned that evening to the southern side which had unrestricted access to the lake shore, and the most amazing tufas, some of which are now on the shore due to the ongoing receding of the water level in the lake.  The shoreline is about 10-15 minutes walk from the car park, and there are several large tufa formations on this side. I'd arrived just before sundown and took a few images on the way down to the lake. By the time I got to the lake the sun had disappeared over the horizon, the sky was taking on a modest magenta edge, but the ambient colour was predominantly blue. However, the grasses were this bright reddish, orange hue which contrasted well with the sky. Compositions close to the waters edge were difficult due to the large amount of foam collecting at the water's edge, so I stepped back and tried to include some of the colourful vegetation in the foreground.

I used my new TSE 24mm lens for this shot, applying a little drop and some tilt in order to get the image sharp from front to back. The lens is very easy to use on a 5D mkII as you can use the live-view feature to ensure accurate focus, even when tilting the lens. I took several other images some of which I'll post later. The walk back to the car through some of the stranded tufas and long grass was quite eerie as all the other photographers who;d been there when I'd arrived had quit as soon as the sun dipped over the horizon. 

 


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