Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Autumn 09 Images from the Eastern Sierra

I had a quick trip down to the Eastern Thursday thru Saturday to photograph the autumn colors at the higher elevations. It was very colorful at North Lake and Lake Sabrina. I have posted 5 new images to the Autumn Colors I portfolio on my web site that were taken from these 2 locations (the first 5 images in that portfolio are the new ones). It was a very clear & calm morning on Friday at sunrise, so I got a shot of the classic sunrise reflection at North Lake. The aspens around North lake were very colorful, with many turning wonderful shades of red. My favorite image was from Saturday morning - it was a very stormy sunrise with high winds. I was perched up on a ledge above Lake Sabrina to get the shot shown below - I had to earn this one, it was freezing, windy, and I was getting pelted with small hail. You can see the wind streaks on the lake. The sunrise was spectacular -  wonderful pink clouds with the autumn colors accenting the hillsides. I hope there are some leaves left along the lake after those high winds! I had to keep my tripod very low to the ground and weight it down with another camera to stop it vibrating in the high winds. I used a split neutral density filter to hold back the sky exposure on all the sunrise shots. The rest of the aspens at the lower elevations (conway summit, lundy canyon, etc) are still green so there will be plenty to photograph in the coming weeks. The road up to south lake out of Bishop was looking very colorful as well, many of the aspens along that stretch are turning.