Bits and Pieces

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This band plays 60’s and 70’s classic rock. Songs from the Kinks, Turtles, Beatles etc. The music was great. There was music trivia. I got one question right! The only question I made in time to hear. The answer was Chubby Checker. Can you guess the question?
The lead guitarist is the father of one of Big Baby Boy’s room-mates.
The band has been together for more than 20 years.

Thanks for asking me to come to the Westside Bar and Grill to hear them play Rachael. It was fun. We left this club and went over to Durty Nellie’s pub for Karaoke. I did not sing.

“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Mono Lake
Eastern Sierra
Owens Valley
Sunrise
B+W Cir Polarizer
Nikon D300s
Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8AF-S

As the sun rose higher in the East making its trek west the colors over Mono Lake changed to this rosy, golden glow. The reflections in the lake were so intense and the snow capped Sierras reminded me of
rose gold.

PP- a little recovery, clarity, vibrance, curves for the mid-tone, a wee crop off the top and bottom, and resized.

History
Mono Lake is believed to have formed at least 760,000 years ago, dating back to the Long Valley eruption. Sediments located below the ash layer hint that Mono Lake could be a remnant of a larger and older lake that once covered a large part of Nevada and Utah, making it among the oldest lakes in North America. At its height during the last ice age, the lake may have been 900 feet (270 m) deep;[6] prominent old shore lines, called strandlines by geologists, can be seen above Lee Vining (near the white “LV”) and along volcanic hills northeast of the current lake.

It is the Endorheic basin, the terminal lake, in a watershed fed by melting runoff, with no outlet to the ocean. Dissolved salts in the runoff thus remain in the lake and raise the water’s pH levels and salt concentration. The Mono Lake tributaries include Lee Vining Creek and Rush Creek.

The lake is in a geologically active area at the north end of the Mono-Inyo Craters volcanic chain and is close to Long Valley Caldera. Geological activity is caused by faulting at the base of the Sierra Nevada, and is associated with the crustal stretching of the Basin and Range Province.

Volcanic activity continues in the Mono Lake vicinity: the most recent eruption occurred 350 years ago at Paoha Island in Mono Lake. Panum Crater (on the south shore of the lake) is an excellent example of a combined rhyolite dome and cinder cone.
~Wikipedia

June Lake

June Lake, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004/.

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June Lake
Eastern Sierras
Hwy 395

On my first full day along the Hwy 395 corridor after sunrise a girlfriend and I headed north. We wanted to see Devil’s Postpiles but discovered they were still buried under snow so closed. At the Mammoth Lake Visitors Center we picked up tips on where the most scenic places were.
The Ranger suggested June, Gull, Silver, Convict, and Rocky Creek Lakes as well as Hot Creek Geological Site, and of course Mono Lake.

This wasn’t too crowded. The water was just a gorgeous shade of blue. More aqua than blue. The snow capped mountains ringing the lake was just as lovely.

More lake photos to follow as I visited 4 lakes on Sat. June 5th.

Nikon D300s
Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 AF-S
PP- Recovery slider, vibrance, clarity, resized

Sea Life

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Mother of Pearl
Sea Shells
Pendant
Fish
Netting
Sand
Natural Light

A variation of the still life I did last year using a few added elements in the composition.
I used an 85mm f/1.8AF-D lens with a Kenko 20mm extension tube. No flash. I like this composition much better than the one I put together last year. I like the warmth and additional elements of the netting, sand, grass, and greenery.
Netting- saved from a turkey breast, and the greenery is from a package of California Rolls purchased “to go” from my favorite Japanese resto.

Exif: D300s/ 85mm f1.8AF-D with 20mm Kenko Ext. Tube/ f5  /  1/5sec / ISO 200/ Manual / No Flash/ Tripod used

PP- Vibrance, clarity, a bit of midtone contrast and resized