Had the amazing opportunity to hangout with one of my favourite photographers, Beboy Photographies: www.flickr.com/photos/beboy_photographies/, at Mono Lake this weekend. It was my first time to mono lake and it was really fun walking around the giant salt "tufas"! Man what an interesting place. We both agreed that it looked more like the surface of Mars then a lake in California.
Also it felt great to be out, photographing this beautiful world. I always feel so much more alive when I'm out photographing and it was wonderful to get away from LA and be in nature for a weekend. Can't wait to do it more when I'm on vacation in a couple weeks! I can't wait.
How this shot was made. Canon 5D II, Canon 70-200 f4L IS 70mm, 13sec, f9.0, ISO 640
5 Exposures taken on location. All 5 Exported as layers to photoshop CS6 and combined using digital blending techniques. I think I only used 3 different exposures to get everything balanced, 0, -1, and maybe a little +1. Further adjustments using Nik Color Efex pro 4, Luminance masking adjustments, and some blurring techniques for smoothing the water even further. Final Export using LR4