Dawn At Convict Lake

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5DS R
-3906891/1000000 sec. / ISO 800
Nearest Area
Mammoth Lakes
Mammoth Lakes
Brief Directions

Travel about 10 miles south of Mammoth Lakes on Highway 395 and then follow the road signs to Mammoth Lakes.


Scout out the area during daylight the morning before you go out to shoot because you'll have to arrive in the pre-dawn darkness to capture the best light on the mountains.


Something every photographer has to come to grips with is that he or she can't be everywhere at once. When the light is absolutely perfect, you can only be in one location with one foreground and perspective at a time. Often, by the time you move to a different foreground opportunity the light has already faded. This was my dilemma when I photographed at dawn at Convict Lake in the Eastern Sierra Nevada of California. My solution was to visit Convict Lake on two consecutive mornings and hope that the light was equally as beautiful on both mornings. On this particular morning, I was wanting to get the submerged rocks in the foreground as a key part of the composition. The light was as beautiful on this morning as it had been the previous dawn, where I captured the scene from a different location on the lake shore. Also, the reflection was absolutely perfect and everything I had hoped for. Sometimes, things just work out for you to make up for all those times where they don't.

Date Added
April 16, 2018
Date Taken
April 16, 2018