Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Jewel of the Sierra

I shot this picture late this afternoon. I was standing on the beach of Lake Tahoe's North Shore looking west towards the setting sun. I couldn't even begin guess how many times I've been to the lake, yet every time - every single time I crest Brockway Summit, or Echo Summit, or which ever way I happen to be entering the Tahoe Basin, she takes my breath away. This is, in my humble opinion, among Mother Nature's greatest wonders. There is no wrong time to photograph this lake. It is impossible to for her to take a bad picture.

And on the way home, some long exposures...

This is from the vista point at the top of Yuba Gap. Most of the people who stop here do it during the day and enjoy the natural scenery facing away from Interstate 80. Of course, at night there is precious little to see unless one allows for a very long exposure and a little patience. Each of these shots had shutter speeds in excess of one minute - and it's cold once the sun goes down at 5,000 feet. It was worth it, however... don't you think?


Carmi said...

Absolutely worth it, Mike. I was capturing some long exposures near the house a while back...just an initial foray into the genre to get a feel for how it all works.

You've inspired me to get back out there. Thanks!

Anna said...

These are great Mike....I must try this! :) Hope you are doing well!

Snaggle Tooth said...

Beautiful lake shot- interesting LE auto lights movements in those mountains-
I need a new cam one of these days for those-

Bob-kat said...

That Lke photo is fantastic. I can only imagine how magnificent it must look in real life.

Those long exposure shots are great adn something I want to trry very soon too.