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Photographer's Note

While I also thought of calling this one "Ode to Peter", since the anonymous photographer is our dear friend Peter Boehringer, it really celebrates all of us, the traveling landscape photographer who has finally made it to a destination he/she has always cherished. And now the moment has come to take the final step and chase the light. In it's purest form, it's a shot of us fulfilling our dreams.

This image was made at Mono Lake in eastern California during our California TrekEarth summit in June. In addition to being a salty lake fed by the adjacent majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, Mono features intriguing geologic formations called tufa. The odd shapes you can see in the foreground and in the distance on the horizon are examples of tufa.

Mono Lake is a marquee photo destination and I consider myself fortunate to live fairly proximate to it. In my case, proximate is 400 miles and close enough to visit 5 times now! It's quite isolated and very far from any major city. Sometimes the difficulty in getting to a place strengthens its allure.

I posted a similiar image of this place previously, but the composition is a bit different this time especially in terms of including the human element. This was shot as a full silhouette directly into the sun, I probably should've bracketed an additional -1/2 stop to perhaps get the sun a little less bright. I also used a Cokin sunset filter to give the colors an additional little punch in the field.

Regards,
Doug

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