Exploring the lesser photographed Landscape

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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.

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8 thoughts on “Exploring the lesser photographed Landscape

  1. jenplatz

    My opinion, from the flatlands, is that of more than simple beauty; this image sings. To me this is iconic!
    The slow shutter waterfall-mist invites one to enter your image, one’s gaze is then lead to the still lake allowing one to contemplate the ‘short mountains’ while bathing in the golden light. Next one feels released as if soaring over the landscape, relaxed in one’s own thoughts and imagination.

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