Ghost Trees, Clouds, B&W

Minarets Vista, Mammoth Lakes, CA

I’ve been doing a some conversions of photographs through Nik Silver EFex Pro lately.  Most of these photos have distinct light and dark elements that work well when converted into B&W.  Some photographers have a knack at spotting compositions that look great in B&W.  I can occasionally see it too, but lots of times it’s luck.  I’ll have a photo I like, but just can seem to work in post processing.  I’ll click the “Black & White” treatment button in Adobe Lightroom to get an sense of whether a particular shot will work in some monochrome format.  If it looks promising, I’ll export into Silver EFex and start processing there.

Anyhow, on day 2 of our 2-day Eastern Sierra Fall Colors trip we had driven to Mono Lake South Tufa for sunrise, spent some time at Navy Beach a half mile away to check out the sand tufas, driven back to Mammoth to pack up the room at “The Village Lodge”, spent a couple of hours at Devil’s Postpile National Monument near Mammoth, and finally had some time to rest and take in the view of the Minarets.  These ghost trees at the Minarets Vista point were striking just by themselves, but the clouds in the back provided a complimentary touch.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted avg metering mode, 55mm, ISO 100, 1/50 sec, f/16

Ghost Trees, Clouds, B&W.  Minarets Vista, Mammoth Lakes, California. October 14, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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