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posted by G Dan Mitchell alias G Dan Mitchell on Friday 16th of November 2018 06:27:19 AM

Subalpine Lake, Late Afternoon Light. © Copyright 2018 G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved. Late afternoon light on a rocky peninsula on a subalpine Sierra Nevada lake This is a photograph that required a bit of persistence! During our September stay in the Eastern Sierra Nevada backcountry, I first walked up to this lake several days before I made this photograph. When I arrived for the first time I made a guess as to where I might find a photograph, but the guess was wrong! As the light faded I tried a different spot, and I found a good one, but I missed the best light. I made a mental note to come back, and even noted the specific spot to be in. A day or two later I headed back in that direction late in the day, with plenty of time to get there before the good light arrived... but then I got distracted by some other attraction, spent too much time on it, and arrived at this lake — you guessed it! — about three minutes too late! However, I did have a bit more time to consider the location and timing of the shot I had it mind. I went back one more time, and this third time was almost not a charm. I got there plenty early and found my spot well before the good light... and discovered a woman set on fishing from the lovely rocks on the peninsula in the center of the photograph! Since I was early I decided to wait quietly and not try to convince her to get out of my shot, but I did explain what I was there for. I waited. She continued to fish. I began the internal debate about just how aggressive I should be about trying to get the shot. I think she figured out that I really wanted this photograph, since about five minutes before I made it she moved on to another spot on the other side of the rock. (She continued to fish, and I had to time my exposures between her casts, when sent line right into the water beyond the rocks.) In the end my persistence paid off, and I got a photograph that I like — to me it seems to capture that lovely late-day, late-summer light in the high country, and it even includes some really lovely color in the water. I finished the photography here... and had time left over for a short hike to the top of a nearby pass before the light faded. See top of this page for Articles, Sales and Licensing, my Sierra Nevada Fall Color book, Contact Information and more. G Dan Mitchell is a California photographer and visual opportunist. His book, "California's Fall Color: A Photographer's Guide to Autumn in the Sierra" is available from Heyday Books and Amazon. Blog | About | Flickr | FacebookEmail All media © Copyright G Dan Mitchell and others as indicated. Any use requires advance permission from G Dan Mitchell.



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