A few pics from my trip to Mammoth Lakes CA

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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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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!
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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