hile it is a natural feeling for a photographer to attempt to emulate the photographic capture of an iconic scene, the image below is an example of how rewarding it can be to also seek out lesser photographed views.
Read below the image for more detail about how I photographed this scene, which is located above Twin Lakes, just outside the town of Mammoth Lakes, California.
After scouting this location the day before, I decided to return here at sunrise to photograph this scene.
A partly cloudy sky was forecast; however to my disappointment the sky was completely clear. Therefore, I chose not to shoot at first light, but to wait until the morning sun illuminated part of the scene, creating warm tones. Once the sunlight fully lit the trees at the left of the scene, I began shooting.
I started out by composing for a vertical shot; however I also wanted to shoot this scene in horizontal orientation, so I quickly repositioned the tripod head, before the good light was gone. In this format, I was able to include more of the top of the waterfall; therefore I chose a similar shutter speed to retain detail in the water, as it tumbled over the rock ledge.