Driving around the Emerald Bay area of Lake Tahoe usually obligates a photographer to stop and shoot the scene, if only for personal enjoyment. But factor in the midday sun and the parking lots and turnouts all clogged with cars, there must be something else to enjoy.
Cue in a large stand of aspens between Emerald Bay and Taylor Creek. Zero cars parked along the road, large trees providing filtered light, and clusters upon clusters of corn lilies. Of course, the next challenge then becomes how one captures an area full of green and more green? The task is then to find shadows and lines on and through the leaves. Even after all of that, a lot of green is still a lot of green. A bit of post through Silver EFex and a bit more in Lightroom before and after results in a monochrome photograph.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 200mm, f/18, 1/5 sec
South Lake Tahoe (CA), Corn Lilies, Filtered Light, Monochrome. near Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA. May 17, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.