Fall Color Getting Started

Fall color is shaping up nicely in Bishop Creek Canyon, mostly above 8600′ on both the sabrina and south lake sides.  Mostly green below that elevation.  Perhaps another week or two ’til it all looks good in the canyon, assuming the weather holds.  Unfortunately both Sabrina and South Lake are just little ponds of water due to the last couple drought years.

The cottonwoods in town are yellowing nicely but still have a ways to go before yellowed.  Those won’t be yellowed for another 2-3 weeks at least.

These are a few pics I took this past weekend.

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Peaklet Emerging

The clouds do some spectacular things around these two peaks and never disappoint at the end of a storm cycle.  Peaklet is the smaller pointy one in the fg, Mt. Humphreys is the one in the bg.

ImageI shot this last May just before our Alaska trip and only yesterday started messing around with it.  This image has been at the back of my mind for quite awhile though.

I’ve taken a bit of a break from photography as I needed to step away from it.  It’s too easy to get caught up in and sucked into the notion that the number of comments and or views defines the relative success of an image.  I haven’t used my 5d since November, which was to shoot some family portraits.  I haven’t used it for any personal image making since last October.

Fortunately the last several days I’ve begun to feel the need to venture out with it and try and do something creative.  Casting of previous notions and shoot for me as it were.

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Sierra Impressions Photography Website Offline

I thought I would give a heads-up to any who might wonder where my photo website has gone.  I’ve decided to take it off line.  I may or may not bring it back.  For now I will be using my google plus page, here, or flickr to share images.

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First Snow In Bishop

Woke up to an inch plus of snow here in Bishop.  We figured it was going to last night as it was really moist and cold out.  It had that smell in the air of snow! 😉

Edit: 6″ of snow on the ground here at the house by 8am!

Front Yard Snow

First Snow of The Season Bishop, CA

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Winter Has Made It’s Return…..Temporarily

It was nice to see the sierra engulfed in clouds yesterday morning as it’s been a long time since it has done so.  I shot this as the sun came out a bit to the east lighting up the fg.  It was a warm storm so it didn’t drop much snow below 9000 ft, at least up Bishop Canyon. Hopefully tonight’s storm will drop more and down low as well.  It’s supposed to be 65 in bishop by the end of the week!  I hope more storms are coming for Feb….

Stormy Sierra Bishop

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LensWork Online

If you haven’t already discovered Lenswork Magazine or Brooks Jensen I would highly recommend you head over to Lensworkonline and to Brook’s personal website.  For those unfamiliar with Lenswork or Brooks, he is an articulate and well educated photographer who has a wealth of knowledge and thought provoking conversations about all things photography.  What is especially refreshing is he focuses on the more artistic concepts of photography and not so much on the technicals, which are so prevalent throughout the web and in print.

Brooks is the master printer/publisher of Lenswork Magazine as well as a prolific podcast creator.

I have been a Lenswork Magazine subscriber for only two years but find it a wealth of inspiration and a good reference for what good printing looks like; he prints Lenswork with a warm toned duotone ink set.

I just signed up to Lenswork online and find it is a great bargain and a wealth of information.  I highly recommend it!

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A Morning Walk

Yesterday I decided to take a predawn walk behind my house.  I usually get up before sunrise to enjoy some coffee and watch the sunrise.  I’ve never really been one to photograph sunrise, usually just prefer to enjoy them without looking through the lens.  However yesterday I decided to grab my gear and walk the loop to see what might come of it.

I left about 6am figuring sunrise would be around 620 or so.  A relatively weak storm had just dusted the sierra and the clouds were starting to break up a bit.

For the next few hours I shot several images.  I was rather amazed at how easily things came.  Sometimes it feels like a struggle to come away with anything I might like.  I’ve put together four images in a web gallery of thumbnails which lead to larger images.  Click on the link below to view.

A Morning Walk November 6, 2011

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Storm Over The Wheeler Crest

Clouds Over Wheeler Crest I

Clouds Over Wheeler Crest II

One of two storms moved in over the sierra crest yesterday bringing cold weather down here and snow to the high country.

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Cottonwood Trees Bishop

Cottonwood Trees in Bishop, CA

I worked this up in Lightroom last night to see how it would do with spit toning.  Most of this image was done there, in LR.  I did take it into PS to do some additional touch-ups.  Pretty impressed with LR.  Still feels a bit awkward compared to my normal workflow, kinda like putting on a new pair of shoes, just takes a little getting used to.

These cottonwood trees were just up the road from where I took the shot posted in the previous entry.  I’m a sucker for a good back lit scene!

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Cottonwoods & White Mountain Peak

Cottonwoods & White Mountain Peak

The cottonwood trees in Bishop are really looking good with their fall color display.  I have been watching these in the image for the last couple weeks hoping they would turn yellow.  Sometimes in the past they have just turned to a dull brown; not this year though thankfully.  So yesterday morning I went out and shot some of the cottonwoods and finished up with these here.

Since moving to Bishop five years ago I’ve wanted to get an image of fall color and White Mtn.  I’ve got a few but they fell short in some way.  Yesterday though I knew I had the image I’ve been trying to make.  I really liked the early morning light on the trees with the mostly shadowed White Mountain in the background.

This is the first image I’ve edited on my new MBP and using Lightroom.  I’m trying LR and it’s a different workflow than what I’ve been doing.  Needless to say I’m a bit out of sorts but will hopefully get the hang of it soon.

Supposed to get windy tomorrow with an approaching cold front.  The forecast for thurs is snow down to 4600′!  Coming from today’s 70 degree weather it will be a bit of a shock!  But I don’t live in Bishop for the mundane weather! 😉

Happy Halloween!

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