Lee Vining (CA), Hwy 395, Fall Colors, Iconic Cabins

ISO100, 135mm, f/18, 1/15 sec
Hwy 395 near Hwy 158 (June Lake Loop) north intersection, Lee Vining, CA

I first saw these cabins two years ago.  Dilapidated.  Maybe on its last legs.  Seemingly ready to fall with the next gust of wind.  In other words, perfect.  But I wanted to shoot these cabins at night.   Yet, when driving back north on Hwy 395 towards Lee Vining with snow dusted peaks in the background, Fall Colors in the distance, and incoming clouds, I made a decision to make a u-turn and take a few shots.

(Click thru the image for the 700px view)

Meh.  Noticed how this image is does not contain mountains, clouds, or snow?  The time of day was not right.  Too bright.  This was maybe 10:30 am and everything was already getting that washed out look.  So I focused on the aspens in the distance through the door and window.  Yes, I need to go back and night and shoot the cabins again.

The trip reports on the Fall Colors for the weekend of October 12-13 are linked here:

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 135mm, f/18, 1/15 sec

Lee Vining (CA), Hwy 395, Fall Colors, Iconic Cabins. Lee Vining, Mono County, California. October 13, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.


One thought on “Lee Vining (CA), Hwy 395, Fall Colors, Iconic Cabins

  1. You can thank the harsh light and my willingness to shoot in it. I’ve never seen so many people parked on the side of the highway shooting this location before. I started like everyone else, all proper and staying behind the barbed wire fence, but wasn’t impressed with in all at that particular time of day so I found a fence opening and moved closer. Better but still not good. That’s why I’m hoping to do a night shoot eventually.


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