Aspens, Pines, Sorensen’s. Sorensen’s Resort, Hope Valley, California. September 29, 2010. © Copyright 2010 Steven Tze – all rights reserved.
UPDATE 10/23: The forecast for Kirkwood (Hope Valley) for Tuesday, October 25th is now calling for AM Rain/Snow. This means there is a good chance the leaves may drop or turn brown by Wednesday. So much for my idea of being lazy on Sunday and taking a day off midweek to photograph Hope Valley, I’ve got to go now (Sunday).
Yes, it’s Saturday night and I really should have put this post out on Friday at the latest. In reading the SacBee’s Fall Color article it sounds like the best places for fall color this weekend are the areas around June Lake Loop, Lee Vining (LV Canyon, Lundy Canyon), Conway Summit, and the arrival of color at Hope Valley along Hwy 88 near Kirkwood on the western slopes of the Sierra.
In summary from the SacBee article, the peak for the northern Hwy 395 Eastern Sierras is either here or will be peak by the middle of next week. So the time to go is now!
The weather forecast will be mostly sunny for the next 5 days so we’ll all be lucky to catch a few clouds here and there. With that in mind, avoid the midday sun and shoot either in the mornings or afternoons for better (i.e. less harsh) light. Shaded creeks will provide some great compositions of both the aspens and water.
The photograph here is from Sorensen’s Resort in Hope Valley from 2010. If I do make it to the area tomorrow (Sunday), I’ll post a trip report and pictures by Sunday or Monday. Good luck!
EXIF data: Nikon D50, patterned metering mode, 34mm, ISO 200, 1/60 sec, f/11