While it seemed like everyone pulled off the side of the highway on Hwy 395 at Conway Summit was focused on the trees (as they should), I was more focused on the snow blowing off Dunderburg Peak. The light dusting of snow a few days prior was being blown from north to south over the peak and creating a bit of a view with the sunlight shining down at slightly back lit 45 degree angle.
(Click thru the image for the 700px view)
In post, what I ended up keying in on were 3 elements: the contrast of the snow blowing off the peak, the light hitting the snow in two areas in front of the peak, and finally the light reflection on the foreground rocks. What I may need to adjust on a future re-edit is the halo effect right above the ridges. Some of the halo might be due to the snow blowing, but I cannot say the area of that photo might have too much contrast.
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, 62mm, f/14, 1/60 sec
Conway Summit (CA), Dunderburg Peak, Blowing Snow, Monochrome. Conway Summit, Mono County, California. October 12, 2013. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.