By David Shield

Bullfrog Lake Sunrise

Equipment Info
NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D700
State/Province/Region
CA
Country
US
Nearest Area
Kings Canyon National Park
Town
Independence
Brief Directions

From Highway 395, in Independence, CA, turn west on Market Street. Onion Valley is about 15 miles west of Independence.

Notes

Lens at 28mm Aperture f/11 ISO 200

Description

Of all the views in California’s Eastern Sierra Nevada, this scene may be my favorite. A lake sitting beneath part of a mountain range is a description that can be used for so many views; however there is something about this particular remote location that has drawn me to it, ever since I moved to California. To reach this area, I began my hike from the Onion Valley Trailhead, located west of Independence. This view is about seven miles from the trailhead, which leads hikers up to 11,700-foot Kearsarge Pass. Once I arrived at Bullfrog Lake, there was just time to setup camp before choosing the exact location to photograph this view from, during the following sunrise. I got up about 30-minutes before sunrise, to give me enough time to set up. I waited for the sun to rise behind me just high enough to paint only the tops of the surrounding peaks, before I began to shoot. The final image is a blend of two unfiltered exposures, in an attempt to reproduce this timeless Sierra view as close to the way I was so fortunate to witness it.

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Date Added
July 14, 2013
Date Taken
January 1, 1970

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