Fall Colors Still Going Strong in the Eastern Sierra

A light storm this weekend could add nice atmospheric effects to photos, or it could blow leaves down!

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Marina Fire Update, Mono Lake / Eastern Sierra

Highway 395 status as of 9 am Sunday:
"California Highway Patrol is providing escorts through the fire area in both directions along Highway 395 due to fire equipment utilizing the highway, power line repair and potential rock slides. The escort will be from just north of the town of Lee Vining on the south and at Highway 167 on the north."
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4809/

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Photos of the Marina Fire
Highway 395 status as of 9 am Sunday: "California Highway Patrol is providing escorts through the fire area in both directions along Highway 395 due to fire equipment utilizing the highway, power line repair and potential rock slides. The escort will be from just north of the town of Lee Vining on the south and at Highway 167 on the north."
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4809/

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In Album 2016-06-26

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Eastern Sierra Photography Workshop in June: What’s in Store?

Eastern Sierra landscape photography workshops

Eastern Sierra wildflowers, late May

“The Traveler sees what he sees. The Tourist sees what he has come to see.” G.K. Chesterton

North Peak Sunset AlpenglowUpdate 1, May 31: Tioga Pass opened in Mid-May, so we can include Yosemite”s Tioga Pass area in our workshops starting this Thursday.  I’ve already been up there three times in the past couple of weeks to assess and monitor conditions.

Update 2, May 31: One of my customers has asked to extend the workshop with a few days in Yosemite Valley, so we’re adding June 6, 7, and 8 next week to the schedule!

The first week of June is amazing for the Eastern Sierra for so many reasons. Some snow remains on the Sierra Nevada (and possibly the White Mountains) to catch alpenglow, and there can be a fresh snowfall around the end of May to refresh that surface. Several species of wildflowers are starting to bloom, profusely in some areas.

This year the new moon and Milky Way shooting timing coincides with this week, and we have the possibility of a late spring storm from the northwest for interesting sunrises and sunsets, or warmer monsoon moisture from the Baja coast that could bring dramatic afternoon clouds, showers and rainbows, or evening thunderstorms.

I used to be nervous about the thunderstorms interfering with night photography, but I’ve learned through experience in Bodie and the surrounding area that convection-driven storms tend to break up or blow east by the time the sky is fully dark around 10/10:20, so they’re really just bonuses for sunset and twilight shooting, even when rain showers interfere locally for an hour or so (and even then they often give way to rainbows).

We’ll start with a sunrise on Thursday, pursue wildflowers and weather during the day, have an early dinner, and head back out for sunset at Mono Lake.
Entering the Earth's Shadow

We’ll pick from a number of spots for Milky Way shooting, and arrive by the time it’s fully dark at 10:07, when the galactic center of the Milky Way has already risen 6 degrees, perfect for placing it in our compositions.

Mono Lake Milky Way Panorama

Friday we’ll catch sunrise at Mono Lake before the weekend crowds arrive, shoot different wildflowers, maybe explore some interesting geology or head up to Tioga Pass if its open for snowier views. Another sunset spot, More night photography, and turn in not too late since most of us are continuing on to Bodie the following night, and Bodie interiors the following morning.

Storm Over Mono LakeWorkshops take me out of the field as I work on permits, itineraries, write descriptions, set up payment / registration buttons, and I perform a some kind of marketing to get them seen, if only a mention or two on social media. I’m not going for volume, and I personally lead all of my workshops, so they are designed to place you in a stunning place, in a peak season, as the exact best time.

Eastern Sierra Mules EarsI have to be efficient and pack as much opportunity as I can into my time in the field. Every day has the sun rising and setting. Some weeks have wildflowers. Fall colors may be peaking in a given location for only a few days to a week. The Milky Way is available during a few weeks of the year, a moon rise at sunset or moon set at sunrise about a dozen times each. So I am careful to hold my workshops in a prime season, and I then select the most likely peak days and times, including astronomical considerations.

Along Yosemite's Tioga Pass Road

Tioga Pass Road sunset reflection, May 2016

Plans are all well and good; I frequently plan something as simple as a sunset moon rise composition weeks in advance.  But landscape photography is about light, so if you’re on a workshop, you want a leader have enough depth in detailed regional knowledge to be ready to ditch all plans and react to the weather and light if there’s more potential 20 or 30 miles from where you are.  So leave the tourists behind who are stuck to their fixed agenda, and rather than a traveler who reacts to the weather and looks for a place to shoot it, you can travel with a local who knows the opportunities in every direction, and anticipates the conditions before you pick the next destination and hop in the car to arrive there just in time.

Sunset Rain Clouds Over Mono LakeEarly June in the Eastern Sierra offers an annual convergence of so many factors which could make photography conditions stunning.  Photography is more fun shared, so I can’t wait, and all the better that I get to share all of this bounty with old and new friends!

Spring is Coming to the High Sierra!

Most of the participants are returning customers, but we have room for one or two more if anyone’s interested!

Bodie's Standard Mill

Milky Way Arch Over Standard Mill

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Aspen With Snow (horizontal)

I uploaded to +500px a high resolution horizontal composition of the snowy aspen scene that I shared here to G+ a few days ago.

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Snowy Fall Aspen
Snow-laden late fall aspen in the Eastern Sierra Monday last week.

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Aspen With Snow

Snow-laden late fall aspen in the Eastern Sierra after a snowfall in early November.

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It's Not Over "Til It's Over

Colorful aspen with a dusting of snow along the June Lake Loop in the Eastern Sierra on Monday.

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Blue Hour at Mono Lake

Clouds moving over tufa rock formations at Mono Lake last night.

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Standard Mill in the Snow

There was nearly a foot of fresh snow on the ground last Friday in Bodie! Bodie State Historic Park, California.

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Fall in the Eastern Sierra

In early April, we're already halfway back to fall!

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Stamp Mill in the Snow

Stamp mill at the San Francisco Mine near the town of Walker in Mono County, California.

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