Tufa Towers, Reflection, Moon

Mono Lake South Tufa area, Lee Vining, CA

Sometimes you have to make the best of a photo situation.  We arrived in time for sunrise, but there were no clouds in the sky.  I still captured some keepers including the sun hitting the mountain peaks you see in the background and slowly working its way down the face.  I’ll post the series of shots in the future.

Anyhow, we were fortunate to have the moon as well as snowy peaks and a decent water reflection of the tufa towers.  While processing this photograph, I saw three possibilities to crop.  The first is the widescreen or panoramic crop above.  The next is a more traditional 4:3 ratio crop that place the tufa tower in the center and brings the moon  into greater prominence.  The third possible crop would have been a portrait orientation like to focus on the moon and the right half of the tufa tower.  I never did get a crop I liked in portrait so I stuck with these two.  You can decide which you like best.

Mono Lake South Tufa area, Lee Vining, CA

Additional posts from that day’s shoot at Mono Lake:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted avg metering mode, 22mm, ISO 100, 1/50 sec, f/16

Tufa Towers, Reflection, Moon.  Mono Lake South Tufa area, Lee Vining, California. October 14, 2011. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


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