ISO100, 200m, f/10, 1/80 sec

Mammoth Lakes (CA), Shadows, Lake Crowley, High Contrast

ISO100, 200m, f/10, 1/80 sec
Mammoth Lakes (CA), Shadows, Lake Crowley, High Contrast

 

 

I am zipping along on the now dirt Owens Gorge Road, but now backtracking, since the intermittent cell phone reception and viewing Google Maps on a phone screen is leading me to believe I am suddenly heading away from the Lake Crowley Columns.  On the return downhill, the highly contrasted Sierra mountain range provides the backdrop to the vast expanse of the valley where the lake sits.  The somewhat desolate view is worth stopping for a moment to appreciate.

This photograph was a bit more difficult in post production processing than expected.  The problem here was the contrast in the mountains was not as much as I hoped.  Two main approaches in post were to localize additional contrast in only the mountains only or to go a completely approach – darken the exposure of the entire composition and localize increased exposure to the valley and lake.  It was this second approach that produced this photograph.  While the end result is not what was originally planned, this second approach provides an air of mysteriousness and forces the viewer to look a little closer to take in the entire scene.

 

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 200mm, f/10, 1/80 sec

Mammoth Lakes (CA), Shadows, Lake Crowley, High Contrast.  Lake Crowley, Mammoth Lakes, CA. November 12, 2016. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.

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