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Great Day to Shoot…

I went up the South Fork of Bishop Creek today with my friend John in search of early Fall Colors.  Well…it was a good day…

First, I needed to go back up to Gable Creek and shoot those falls in better light.

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Small Falls2

I still didn;t get great shots of all of them, but I got a couple decent ones.  Anyhow…Onwards and upwards…

The colors are REALLY starting to come in along the South Fork, so John and I stopped to snake some pics along the way.

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South Fork Reds

Autumn Gold

Than John wanted to show me a cool old cabin falling apart in the woods…

B&W Cabin

It was cool, but I found a lot of much more interesting stuff closer to the ground…

Berries

Changing Bush

Green Aspen Leaves

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Yellow Aspen Leaves

John let me borrow his 4X closeup filter.  It was really a load of fun to shoot with, and helped me develope a whole new appreciation for macro photography.  Only problem is…now I gotta get a set.  Thanks John… 😉

Anyhow…thanks for coming along!


Quest for Falls…

Anyone that has visited the Eastern Sierra knows that we have a lot of streams.  Big mountains, with steep slopes, and high average snowfall combine to produce an amazing array of rivers, creeks, streams and lakes.  Most of these bodies of water eventually find a way to empty their contents into the desert floor.  What the LADWP doesn’t siphon off and irrigate away as drinking water, settles in as groundwater beneath the sand and sagebrush of the desert.  We won’t talk about the fact that it wasn’t a desert before the LADWP…that will be another post…

Anyhow…

One of my hobbies is finding waterfalls.  I like to photograph them, and I like to sit by them, have a cigarette, and just relax.  They are magical in their presence… Aural bliss from their falling molecules of Hydrogen and Oxygen.  Visual perfection in their flexability and splendor.  Glorious in their sustenance.  But I digress…

Went for a walk up around Pine Creek yesterday.  I know of many beautiful runs and riffles on Pine Creek…it’s one of my favorite fishing creeks in the entire Eastern Sierra.  But there aren’t any fish there, so don’t bother…

Found this guy chillin’ in my path to the creek’s edge…

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Gopher2

This was a feisty son of a bitch.  Sure…he’s one of the prettiest deserticola I’ve ever encountered…but the bastard tried to bite me at least a dozen times in the span of 5 minutes.  I like ’em like that though.  Let’s me know they got some fight in ’em.  The bastards will be just fine. 

I had to hang onto him for a couple minutes because I was with Rose and Annette, and I’m not sure Rose has had a positive experience with a wild snake before, and I wanted her to see this guy.  Anyhow…on to the water…

It was pretty blown out…hazy, mid-day sun with little saturation and WAY to stark in the shadows.  So We went up above the road, and just listened.  Sure enough, within a few minutes of walking quietly…

Hidden Falls

Hidden Falls

Jumbled Falls

Jumbled Falls

Little Falls

Little Falls

These were all in one small area, and there were many, many other little falls and cascades scattered about.  They were on the main creek and on small feeder streams coming into the creek on both sides.  Most of them ended in beautiful little runs and cascades, and there were a few little plunge pools.

I’m going back up there.  Better lighting would make this place spectacular.  Expect an update on this spot…soon…

As always, Thanks for taking the time!


Little Lakes Valley

I went for a hike up around Little Lakes Valley yesterday.  This is a high alpine valley, sitting well above 10,000′ in the Eastern Sierra…probably closer to 11,500′, but I am not certain.  HIGH is all I can say…

Anyhow…it was a high, bright sun, with very little clouds, and very harsh shadows.  But I found some decent shots…

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B&W Granite Peaks

B&W Heart Lake

I also took a couple of colorful shots, for those that would rather see color dynamics instead of tonal dynamics…

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Upper Rock Creek

And last night before I went to bed, I went outside during some fairly heavy winds to try something different…

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I used a 25 second exposure during high winds to get the leaevs really blowing around and creating a wispy, almost ghost-like appearance.  To illuminate the tree, I used a handheld LED flashlight and just painted the front of the tree in random patterns with the light, whilst standing off the the left.  This was an experiement, and I really didn’t know what to expect.  I admit that this is not what I was expecting, and while it doesn’t truly fit the technical definition of “light painting”…I am very pleased with the way the final shot looks eery…almost spooky.  Next time I’ll put a headstone in front of the tree for full effect…

Thanks for taking the time to check out the shots!


“…with a little help from my friends…”

So…I was invited on a hike this morning with 3 other local photographers.  They are all part of the Eastern Sierra Photographers, as I am.  We decided to take a hike up around Lake Sabrina, above Bishop, and boy, did we pick a spectacular day.

Tungsten Hills

Tungsten Hills

On the way up to Sabrina, there was some fantastic light coming through a wonderful stormfront ni the Tungsten Hills area, so we decided to stop and take some shots…

Mt. Tom...sorta...

Mt. Tom...sorta...

Of course…whilst in the Tungsten Hills, I am obligated to put on the 150mm tele and find some lizards.  It would be sacreligious if I didn’t…

Fence Lizard trying to grow a new tail...

Fence Lizard trying to grow a new tail...

Sagebrush Lizard

Sagebrush Lizard

Onwards and upwards, we hopped back in the car and continued up to Lake Sabrina at the top of Bishop Creek Canyon…

Lake Sabrina

Lake Sabrina

Tell me those clouds aren’t amazing…

Beautiful time and place to be me...

Beautiful time and place to be me...

Faraway Falls

Faraway Falls

This GORGEOUS waterfall is incredibly far away from me.  I used my 150mm lens, and I cropped this way down in processing.  I vow to get closer to this fall.  Maybe not before the snow falls up there this year…but I WILL get close to those falls for decent shots…

Anyhow…I decided to head back down to the car earlier than the others.  We were parked alongside Middle Fork Bishop Creek, and I wanted to get some photos of the creek.

Middle Fork Upper

Middle Fork Upper

Nornmally…on a Sunday in August…this place is literally assholes to elbows with fisherman.  You can’t get a line in edgewise…which is why I typically avoid the middle fork.  But when the rains come, and it clouds up, the fisherman head for cover.  Fortunately, as a photographer…i LOVE overcast days.  Gives you wonderful light…

Middle Fork Lower

Middle Fork Lower

I love how the heavy flow of water gave everything a surreal look to everything.  So much movement…

The Stump

The Stump

This is my favorite shot of the day.  Don’t know how you feel about it, but I think this is the best of the day.

Anyhow…Thanks for taking the time to read!


“Shorter of Breath…”

“…and, one day, closer to death.”  Pink Floyd is awesome…Anyhow…

Yup…Another year has passed.  I “celebrated” my 36th birthday yesterday.  I’m officially closer to 40 than I am to 30.  I guess it ain’t so bad.  I feel good, I still look relatively good with more brown hair than grey, and still more hair on my head than my ears or back.  And hell, I’m happy and having a ton of fun just living life.  I guess growing up ain’t so bad…

Anyhow…in lieu of any sort of Birthday Celebration, I spent a good portion of the day hiking a rather short but steep trail by myself in the John Muir Wilderness.  About 2 miles and about 2,000′ in elevation gain to the first lake…where I stopped…

The First of the Tyee Lakes

The First of the Tyee Lakes

I’m fairly certain that this is looking towards the south.  I could be wrong as I don’t usually carry a compass on a fairly popular day hike.  I suppose it doesn’t really matter much…

Ovipositing Dragonfly

Ovipositing Dragonfly

I managed to see this big ol’ dragonfly laying some eggs in the reeds at the edge of the lake.  She landed close enough to me that I was able to get a decent shot of her ovipositing…

Small Cascades

Small Cascades

On the way back down the trail, I followed the faint sound of trickling water to this tiny little outlet stream, and got what I think is a really decent shot of a tiny little cascade.

South Fork Falls

South Fork Falls

This is the second try at these falls for me.  This is a small feeder stream that flows into the South Fork of Bishop Creek after going over this really nice fall.  The last time I shot it with limited filters, and got a decent shot…but this one is better.

Anyhow…that’s how IO spent the ol’ birthday…walking around in the wilderness, disturbing everything around me.  Couldn’t have asked for a better day.  To top it off, a friend took me out for Sushi and pool in the evening.  Great way to end the day!

Thanks for taking the time to read!


Re-Processed Falls

So…I got some friendly input on my Frozen Waterfall photo from my Kern Valley post.  It was suggested that a tighter crop, drawing more focus to the water itself, might make more of a visual impact.  So I gave it a shot.

I re-processed the original image, found in my last post, plus a second image of the same falls that has more splash and “action”…

Same Falls, Different shot

Same Falls, Different shot

Original shot, re-processed

Original shot, re-processed

I like the way they both looked, so I thought I would share.  Thanks for taking the time!


South Fork, Bishop Creek

I went for a short mid-morning hike today up around Bishop Creek Canyon.  With all the moisture we have gotten over the last 2 weeks, I knew the water would be flowing high, so I grab the camera and tripod and headed to some nice staircase waterfalls I know about…

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South Fork1

The creek was flowing beautifully, and made for some excellent photo opportunities.  I also saw some chickadees flying around and a couple flowers…

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Yellow Flower1

Chickadee2

I then decided to continue up the road and go to South Lake in search of a proper landscape…

South Lake1

South Lake Peak

It was a nice day with cool temperatures, partly cloudy skies, and a gentle breeze.  I’d have to say it was quite pleasant, and I enjoyed it.  I hope you enjoyed it, too!

Thanks for looking!