Mono Lake

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Mono Lake Basin National Forest, California

Photograph by Daniel Ochoa

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On a perfectly still early April day I was driving from Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes, California via US 395, which I regard as the most scenic road in California, with my snowboard gear when I stopped at Mono Lake to take in the view. I’ve passed the lake many times before and stopped to explore the shores during the magic hour when the light is soft but I usually don’t plan on scoring nice light at mid-day. On this occasion the stillness, blueness, and clarity of the air really made for a magical view from above the lake. The white capped mountains and lenticular clouds are reflected in the blue waters as are the famous limestone tufa towers. The stillness and emptiness of this image remind me why I wander out into the wild beyond the cities.


Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.4

Settings: ISO 50, f/2.8, 1/500th

2 Responses to Mono Lake

  1. avatar
    Chris @ Outdorky July 22, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    Totally agree on 395 being the most scenic road in California, it’s only really rivaled by Hwy 1 along Big Sur.

    Did you head down to South Tufa? I’m sure the Tufa castles would have been especially photogenic on such a nice still afternoon.

  2. avatar
    Daniel Ochoa July 23, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    I didn’t head down to the Tufa’s on this occasion but I should have! Yeah 395 is my favorite road to drive…for me more so than Hwy 1. Cheers!


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