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We scouted a few areas for Moon-set/Sunrise and we all fell in love with Intake Lake 2. We were planning to camp on Night 2 and instead of camping a little further north we change plans and camped at Intake Lake 2, and we all agreed it would be a great location for the morning’s shoot. We could sleep a few minutes longer, and be in our chosen spots well before the fishermen arrived. We set up our camp, made dinner, and shortly after dark I crawled into my tent and bag and fell into a deep sleep. My alarm was set to 4:30AM again. I didn’t even take pictures of the campground!
I slept pretty well. I only stirred when my hip started to ache. My pad wasn’t as full as it should have been. When my alarm went off I turned it off and dozed in my warm bag, dreading getting out of it, and facing the cold morning, and dressing, before making the trek up the bathroom. I should have dug out my slip-on pair of shoes the night before, but forgot to do that. Jonathan was out of his tent first and came by mine and rattled it, asking if we were up. Rainey had bunked with me since I have a two person tent. We both murmured, “yes, I’m up.” Next, I heard Rene unzip his tent, and then Jonathan’s car alarm went off, no doubt waking the whole campground! Nik was sleeping in the car and when he got up to exit he set off the alarm.
Someone set the alarm after Nik got in to go to bed. 🙂 As if the alarm going off once wasn’t bad enough somehow it got triggered a second time! I got up and out of my bag and tent after that. I’m sure the whole campground was ready to stone us to death! Hopefully they all were able to get back to sleep.
We dressed, grabbed our bags and headed for the lake for the Moon-set/ Sunrise as quietly as we could.
I found the spot I had chosen the day before, but I was so far from everyone else so I moved to the beach with Rene, and Rainey.
I was very glad to have the company. Daylight was coming fast, and for 21 minutes I was in Nirvana!
Moon-glow on the Eastern Sierra Peaks
Pink clouds and Moon-glow on the Eastern Sierra Peaks
Alpine Glow on the Eastern Sierra Peaks
It’s not often one gets Moon-glow, Color, and Alpine Glow all in one morning! I couldn’t have ordered a more perfect morning shoot. There were even Trout jumping high out of the water to catch breakfast. I wish I timed my images better to have caught just one, alas…I didn’t.
Shortly after the color faded we were packing up when a group of fishermen came to fish where we were. We welcomed them with open arms, and wished them well with their endeavors, and went on our way to find other photographic jewels around the lake.
Rainey, Rene, and I hung out together while Nik,and Jonathan went their own way. Rainey, Rene, and I went around the lake to try and find a Grebe that was swimming around the lake. We weren’t able to get the second inlet to find it, but we did find a lovely little cascade of water we stopped to photograph, and along the way we found a memorial.
I used my Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Soft Focus Optic to try some landscapes. I like the dreamy, painterly
feel the images have.
Fallen tree on Intake 2
The color of the morning was gold
Intake 2 was my favorite location this trip. It’s a great place to camp, and there is plenty to photograph
Cameras: Nikon Df, Nikon D700
Lenses: Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8, Nikkor 180mm f/2.8d, LensBaby Composer Pro II w/Soft Focus Optic
More to come…
5 thoughts on “Eastern Sierras Day 2- 21 minutes in Nirvana”
You are so brave! And what a beautiful morning to reward you. I love these photos~ thank you for sharing them 🙂
Beautiful photos. Being at the right place at the right time sure takes a lot of work 🙂 Thanks for sharing your work with us. The car alarm part was funny. I can imagine that you guys must have wanted to slink into the woods at that moment (well, um, moments).
Thank you Dan! LOL! Yes, we did! When we got back to camp and were packing up I went by the neighbors and apologized. Thankfully he was very gracious and said, “no worries.”
That is a great spot in the top shots, Deborah. Very nice.
Thank you so much Steve!