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A few pics from my trip to Mammoth Lakes CA

Discussion in 'Landscapes, Architecture, and Cityscapes' started by Ruffles, Oct 18, 2011.

  1. Ruffles

    Ruffles

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    May 5, 2005
    Rexburg, ID
    Hi everyone. It's been awhile since I posted any new pics but I thought I'd share some from a trip to Mammoth Lakes CA. Because I've been so busy with work, family, and school, my shooting opportunities have been few and far between but I put this on the calendar over a year ago and everything worked out.

    We spent a week going to Bodie, Mono Lake, Convict Lake, Silver Lake, the Owens Valley, Bishop, the Bristlecone Pine Forest, and more. It was a great trip and it will take me months to go thru the 110 gigs of photos :)  It's a beautiful area and it's not hard to see why Galen Rowell made his home there.

    Most of these are HDR. I do a Tone Mapping conversion and then an Exposure Fusion conversion and layer those in photoshop along with various other tweaks. I like vivid colors so they may not be to everyone's liking. Let me know what you think.

    Thanks,
    Steve

    1. Convict Lake sunrise
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    2. Convict Lake sunrise
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    3. Mono Lake sunset
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    4. Mono Lake sunrise - the round white circle at the top is actually the moon.
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    5. Bodie
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    6. Bodie
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    7. Bodie
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    8. Owens Valley
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    9. Silver Lake sunrise
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    10. Bristlecone Pine Forest light painting
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    11. Bristlecone Pine Forest sunset
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    12. Bristlecone Pine Forest sunset
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  2. Steve -

    Great catpures of a gorgeous place. Overall I like your HDR processing. The light greens are a little more vivid than I personnally prefer, but to each his own. Well done nonetheless.

    The light painting photo, #10, is awesome!
     
  3. LindaZ

    LindaZ

    Jul 29, 2007
    Wilmington, NC
    Ahh...that was a nice treat to see. Excellent job. What's your HDR weapon? I want to look into that.
     
  4. Ruffles

    Ruffles

    482
    May 5, 2005
    Rexburg, ID
    Thanks everyone. For HDR, I've given up onthe Nik software and I'm now using the latest version of Photomatix. They've tweaked the auto alignment and now it completely rocks. I very rarely need to use a tripod as it can align my hand held shots.
     
  5. Beautiful set Steve ....
    I'm already contemplating next years Photo vacation and been thinking about this area and these were very interesting to see ....

    ron
     
  6. These are great!
     
  7. Very nice. I'm not a fan of too much HDR but most of these are nicely done.

    Like #1 #5 #6 best
     
  8. I found the first image to be quite remarkable! I enjoyed them all.
     
  9. Sylgau

    Sylgau

    179
    Jan 10, 2009
    Montréal, Qc
    Magnifique! Like them all!
     
  10. Isn't that one of the most picturesque places on earth? I love it up there. Looks like you found conditions much calmer than when I usually go (very windy). Nice to see the dusting of snow on the peaks.
     
  11. Pancho

    Pancho

    850
    Dec 4, 2010
    Colorado
    #'s 2 & 8 are my favorites! Thanks for sharing.
     
  12. This is some beautiful work!
     
  13. Ruffles

    Ruffles

    482
    May 5, 2005
    Rexburg, ID
    Thanks again everyone.
     
  14. Very nicely done, Steve...
    I like most of these. You have made me want to
    seek out these places! :smile:
     
  15. Alan G

    Alan G

    240
    Dec 26, 2008
    Chicago
    Great set. I would tone the greens down a bit, but otherwise really well done. I also think the shot of the lanterns would look great in B&W!
     
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