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Small Stuff from October and November

Started by flusk, 12/06/2020 09:52AM
Posted 12/06/2020 09:52AM | Edited 12/06/2020 02:08PM Opening Post
This forum section needs a kick-start, so here is my attempt....smile

The first weekend of October, my wife and I visited the Eastern Sierra (Hwy 395 corridor) with a small photo group from our church.  The main purpose of this trip was fall color, but we were about a week too early for the best color.  Also, the Inyo National Forest, where many of the best spots are located, was closed due to smoke from the Creek Fire, which burned nearly 400,000 acres in Fresno and Madera Counties on the west side of the Sierra (unfortunately, one member of our group lost her home in Shaver Lake a couple weeks before the trip).  The secondary purpose of this trip was visiting the Alabama Hills (just outside of Lone Pine) for sunset/moonrise one night and sunrise/moonset the next morning.  (I already posted an image in the Digital SLR Astrophotography Forum from the first night of this trip and some landscape images in the Landscape Forum.)

Here is a pine cone....not just any pine cone, but a purposefully overexposed pine cone from Mammoth Creek Park in the city of Mammoth Lakes, California.

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Posted 12/06/2020 09:53AM | Edited 12/06/2020 09:54AM #1
Our hotel in Lee Vining had a small outdoor patio surrounded on three sides by raised flower beds.  Here is one of the many flowers.

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Posted 12/06/2020 09:54AM #2
And another.

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Posted 12/06/2020 09:57AM #3
My best fall color images were actually leaves I found at Virginia Lakes, Twin Lakes, and Lundy Lake.  I use various lighting techniques including natural front light, back light, and a macro twin flash.  Here is one example with natural front light.

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Posted 12/06/2020 09:58AM #4
Leaf again the sky.

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Posted 12/06/2020 09:58AM #5
Another leaf against the sky.

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Posted 12/06/2020 09:59AM #6
This one curled up nicely.

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Posted 12/06/2020 10:00AM #7
This is one of my favorite images from the entire trip.  And, when the one professional photographer in the group says "that's a hanger," I figured I did OK.

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Posted 12/06/2020 10:03AM #8
My wife and I took a side trip to Mono County Park at the northwest "corner" of Mono Lake.  I wandered down to the viewing platform near the lake.  The platform is surrounded by reeds, which I photographed with the intent to create semi-abstracts.  I used a telephoto focused near the minimum to get these examples.  This one has a small wasp in the head of the reed.

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Posted 12/06/2020 10:03AM | Edited 12/06/2020 02:11PM #9
"Reeding is fundamental." smile

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