Kayaker on Lake Tahoe

Copyright © 2011 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

This was a fortuitous shot. One of those shots you imagine before hand then all too often  it never happens when you get to the spot. While scouting out positions to shoot Bonsai Rock at sunset I decided to wait in the shade of this pine tree while my friend Dali was taking off his waders as he had just come out of the lake. I was gazing at the lake when this kayaker rowed  just outside my frame. I couldn’t believe my luck! I have so often wished for  a surfer, sailboat, or ship to come along when shooting bodies of water. My second thought is usually, ” if I were able to paint I’d put  X right there”.  I was thrilled. I know something like this won’t happen every time I want it to.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 17-35@ 22mm| f14| 1/40 sec| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Hand-held| Circular Polarizer

Dali in the Lake

Sunset on the Lake

Sunset on the Lake, originally uploaded by dmzajac2004-.

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Copyright © 2011 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

Inspired by several flickr contacts to shoot this location myself I put it on my “Bucket List”. I was in Hope Valley yesterday hoping to score one last day of shooting Autumn colors, alas all the leaves were gone and those that remained looked fried. So, two friends and I switched gears and drove to Lake Tahoe to find Bonsai Rock. We weren’t really that far away at this point so why not?
We found the location and hiked down the 100-150ft of steep, slippery terrain and scouted out several possible shots.
Then we hiked back up and drove up the highway enjoying the views to pass the time.

We got back to Bonsai Rock well before sunset then  we hiked back down and set up to wait for the sunset. The color wasn’t as spectacular as I had hoped, but I won’t complain. It was so quiet, and peaceful listening to the water gently hitting the rocks , and hearing the birds sing, all the while my eyes scanned the scene taking in the gradual color shifts and beauty that surrounded me.
I’m hoping to do a sunrise here someday. This location stays on the bucket list! This whole area is beautiful and definitely worth repeated trips.
On another note- The more I use my D700 the more I love it. The Dynamic range this camera gets is amazing!

A huge shout out to those who inspired me to venture out to his location with their beautiful photographs of this spot- MattyD90, M. Shaw, and Steve Sieren. You can find their work in flickr.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 17-35 @17mm| f8| 1/160 sec| ISO 200| Manual Mode| Tripod| Release Cable| 2-stop GND-(Singh-Ray)