Shooting through a gap in exposed tuffs at Mono Lake.

First off, my wife and I are fine in the aftermath of the largest earthquake ever to strike Japan and the accompanying tsunami… and the nuclear crisis. Many around me have voluntarily departed for the States, but there are a few of us who have decided to stay and weather the storm, so to speak. There is no appreciable danger from radiation where we live and as of now, we have yet to lose power in the rolling blackouts. We’ve been exceptionally lucky here and have been donating goods to the relief effort. I haven’t been out into Tokyo or really anywhere that requires more than a short drive because I don’t want to get in the way and use up resources (gas mostly) that are in such short supply. So, in lieu of new photos, I have two more shoots from California that I’ve been editing and working on.

The first is from Mono Lake in Northern California where strange volcanic formations have been gradually revealed as the water level of the lake has been slowly drained by the voracious water appetite of the state. It’s because of this lowering of the water and the exposure of the Tuffs that the lake is one of the sights in California that I’ve always wanted to visit. Our timing wasn’t ideal for viewing the tuffs with optimal light (we got there sometime in the afternoon) but we were there and I had a polarizer to help make the sky that dramatic shade of blue. The air was incredibly clear and cold and the snow on the surrounding mountains and hills really gave a great contrast to the lake and the odd volcanic formations. Some time I would like to get back for the golden hour, but I’m happy with the results!

I captured these images with my three favorite lenses: 24-70 2.8L, 16-35 2.8L II, and 50 1.4. They each have different qualities that I love and between the three, cover most of the range of views I wish to portray. I would have liked to have something longer, but alas, my 80-200 fell apart while Toni and I were on our honeymoon trip… oh, well. Here are my favorites from the few hours I was able to spend shooting the lake!