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Mono Lake: Morning Light at South Tufa Beach

November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - November 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm PDT




This is a three day venture to the strange and alien landscape of Mono Lake. This lake is over 700,000 years old and is host to hundreds of solidified tufa towers. Our study will cover the best methods to capture the morning light over the course of two very early mornings at the shores of Mono Lake.

Wide to medium range lenses will be the most beneficial to establishing a compositional arrangement that covers the most of the subject matter. Graduated and circular polarized filters will also help control the available dynamic range of the morning light. We will cover how to use the filters and include a brief cover of the lens aperture and where you can locate the “sweet spot” for sharper imagery.

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  • There is a maximum occupancy of 10 people for this workshop.


About the terrain:

Mono lake is located at the east entrance to Yosemite along Eastern Sierra Nevada highway 395. The lake is a large, shallow saline soda lake. In other words it is extremely salty and home to brine shrimp and brine flies which attract many species of bird. The walkway from the parking lot to the shore at South Tufa Beach is part compact dirt and part wooden boardwalk. The shore is more a mixture of hard and moist dirt and the shoreline is muddy in some areas and hard as stone in others because of the tufa. The surface elevation of Mono Lake is 6,378 ft (1,944 m).

The footing around the tufa can be tricky to navigate so it is imperative that you watch where you step and should you fall, you will find that the tufa can be very sharp on the skin. Gloves are highly advised for this reason alone to avoid cuts and scrapes.

In regards to temperature, the park can reach summer averages of 83.9 ºF (28.8 ºC) and during the winter, the temperatures can reach an average low of 19.7 ºF (-6.8 ºC).


November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm PDT
November 5, 2017 @ 2:00 pm PDT
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