Archive for May, 2007



Returning to Kauai for a few days

Haven’t been around much for the past couple of weeks. Taking next week off and heading to Kauai for a break. Flying out this Monday and returning on Saturday. Packed all my photo gears. The weather forecast called for rains in Kauai for most of the week. Maybe I’ll get lucky with dramatic clouds and light. Hope to bring back one or two good photos.

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See Beyond

See Beyond

People only see what they are prepared to see. — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Been quite busy lately. Decided to take a break from posting photos shot from my trip to the Eastern Sierra. Backed up my 2006 photos and saw something I like.

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Dawn Light over Convict Lake

100 Years

Usually during my six hours drive to Mammoth Mountain, I only had one thing in my mind, fresh powder! During my stay, I’d be on the slopes until the the lift chairs stopped running; then I’d get off the mountain, eat and sleep to recuperate to do it again the next day. Last trip was the first time that I took my time to slow down and looked around for locations to photograph other than just Mono Lake. I’m glad that I did.

One of my Flickr contacts suggested that I should listen to Five For Fighting while driving on US395. I do :) I first heard “100 Years” from an episode of Smallville, and the lyrics really struck a cord in me. The song reminds me that life is too short and too precious to let the days go by. In this photo, those fishermen were out fishing at dawn hoping to catch some trouts just as I was out hoping to catch a beautiful alpenglow over Convict Lake …

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“Fields of Gold”

Fields of Gold

After shooting the previous Mono Lake Sunrise, spent the day on the Mammoth mountain’s slopes, then got off the mountain and searched for a location to capture late afternoon light. Found this spot by Silver Lake. As I was shooting this scene, Sting’s Fields of Gold was playing in my head …

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Mono Lake Sunrise

Mono Lake Sunrise

Sunrise over South Tufa Reserve

Arrived at Mono Lake for a sunrise shoot about five minutes late, but managed to get a couple shots before the light faded.

I’m beginning not to like using my circular polarizer filter with a wide angle lens when shooting backlit scene. There’s noticeable posterization in the raw file before I do any post production. I wished that I had taken the circular polarizer off when I shot this :( Although I shot this at iso 50, I ended up adding a little noise to the image to counter the posterization effect on the upper left corner.

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