On my last night in Mammoth I braved the coldest day so far and arrived late (almost 6pm) at Lake Mary’s north shore and shot off this and the next shot before the sun set.
Drove back across the Lake Mamie/Lake Mary bridge to Lake Mary’s south shore where I stayed until 8:00pm in the 40 degree cold night.
Practiced shooting vertical camera movement to capture these trees.
These remaining shots were all taken in the same direction but where I kept changing my foreground.
Last night’s practice spinning the camera lens while on a tripod set to shutter speeds around 15th to 20th sec.
In this first set of three photos, The first of the three photos is the smaller, zoomed in, version. The second photo is a little less zoomed in version. And the third photo is a larger version of what I first saw.
Again, In this next set of three photos, The first of the three photos is the smaller, zoomed in, version. The second photo is a little less zoomed in version. And the third photo is a larger version of what I first saw.
And with the next three photos, I am practicing more spinning the camera lens at slower speeds to get (hopefully) the center subject in focus. This is sooooo difficult for me to get the central figure in exact focus. I guess there are just too many variables that prevent sharp focus. But I keep trying.
Lake Mary unknowing subject #1.
Unknowing subject #2.
Unknowing Lake Mary subject #3.
This shot was taken on a tripod, shooting into a stand of trees. I loosened the ball head to freely move vertically. As I clicked the shutter, using a slower shutter speed, I moved the camera downward to create the motion blur.
I was standing still, looking out at the beauty and what I’d shoot next when the motion of the ground squirrel caught my attention. Since we are not allowed to put bird seed out at the cabin anymore we miss seeing our daily critters entertain us feeding throughout the day.
View over the Mammoth Crest west north west from Lake Mary’s northern shoreline.
That is Duck Pass in the distance.
View directly east over Lake Mary.
Thanks to the bird for this pretty pose.
I got so lucky, this and a few other blackbirds, came so close and performed for me.
Not the least bit phased by my still presence, doing what he came to do…..drink and bath.
When this bird landed inside this perfect wood frame I was ecstatic thinking how did I get so lucky. However it was a very difficult shot to process and spent way too much time trying to subdue the background and lighten the dark bird so it popped in the frame.
Couldn’t have asked for a better great pose!
See the face in the wood? I didn’t see it until I was in Lightroom editing the photo. Little gifts are fun.
Fished out from Bridge over Lake Mary.
This young lady said, “…and we were just about to leave”
Beautiful little girl looking at barking dog.
Barking (blind?) dog in parking lot where people were fishing on the east bank of Lake Mamie.
Why do people do this? Bleeding tree.
Ray didn’t think he’d make it around Lake Mamie but did!!
Went out to test some Star apps, some good places to shoot night Milky Way and other night shots around Mammoth. Mammoth city lights, even though most were asleep, are strong.
See the Adromeda Gallaxy in the photo? My friend Erika, called my attention to it. I didn’t even know what this Gallaxy was until she shared a similar link: http://earthsky.org/clusters-nebulae-galaxies/andromeda-galaxy-closest-spiral-to-milky-way
See my car? That’s hwy 395 beyond. Scouting for places when it’s dark isn’t the best idea. I pulled off on a dirt road I’d not been on before and was afraid to go in far enough to avoid the light interference, so rather than fight it, included it.