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Convict Lake Scene 2

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 11 September 2010 in Landscape & Rural.

This is a last minute switch that I made for several reasons - First, this lends a better view of Mt Morrison and the eastern edge of the John Muir Wilderness area. This is the trail here, around Convict Lake with my beautiful wife way back there in the distance.
Second, other than some tweaking I did to get the blasted brightness out of that cloud up there, (and some minute shadow and hilight adjustments) this is a completely unedited shot right out of the camera. I am displaying this essentially unedited image in order to illustrate that the color of the water in the lake is as you see here and as you saw colorizing or photoshopping has been done. A little darkening took place when i made the hilight and contrast adjustments but that is it.
Thirdly I would like to take a little poll of your opinions here: it seems that many of you like these Convict Lake images so far... I have more. If you would like to see more shots of our hike around this lake, i will be happy to post them.
The issue is that I had planned to begin the series of photos of our granddaughter and my tribute to my family on Monday, but over the next several days, I can intersperse my "family tribute" images with Convict Lake images so that no one will be completely bored to tears either way....If all of this sounds ok, just let me know. Either way I will probably do it that way anyway, but it's always nice to forewarn people when "family photos" are involved :-)
Just let me know what you think.. Have a great weekend.

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/750 second F/6.4 ISO 400 8 mm

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Cruz from exurbia, United States

Denny...the curve of the lake...the height of the mountains...and then the size of your wife...all give this picture dimension. The place is BIG. The color of the lake is gorgeous -- good eye! As for your poll...I want to see the family and the new addition AND Convict Lake (too bad it has such a negative name for such a pretty place) intersperse the two. As you should know, we don’t get bored by good pictures.

11 Sep 2010 6:59am

@Cruz: Hi Cruz - OK that's what I plan to do - I plan to start on Monday.

Sunder from Chennai, India

You have done it again..Awesome shot..

11 Sep 2010 7:53am

@Sunder: Hi Sunder - Thank you :-)

Tamara from Aarschot, Belgium

Great capture again Denny, this place is really spectacular ! I also want to see everything (family + this series) but you should do as you feel it... The order doesn't matter, as long as we can see them all :)))
Have a wonderful weekend :)

11 Sep 2010 8:26am

@Tamara: OK Thanks Tamara...I plan to begin the series on Monday!

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

SPECTACULAR image - I would love to go for a nice long walk there myself ... such a pretty place.
with regard to your question - I want to see more photos of Convict Lake, but I am terribly anxious to see photos of the newest member of your family ... please post both ....
(my granddaugther is due today... I will keep you posted)

11 Sep 2010 12:43pm

@Scene by Sharon Photography: OH congratulations Sharon -lets hoope the due date for your granddaughter holds to be at least "close" :-) Our story of little Aurora is a wild one - she wasn't ewally late, she started to show up early.then...5 weeks later she arrived. Best of luck Sharon and PLEASE do let me know. I will want photos aas well:-) We'll be thinking of you.

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Denny, I would enjoy your family series, and I would also love to see more of this lake. Does the trail go around the entire lake, and did you see any birds? I am definitely going to try and go here next June when I am in the Eastern Sierra. It looks like the light was pretty bright and there are strong shadows. Do you ever use a polarizer? I like the mountain, but it is a bit hazy. You also mentioned that you did little processing on this-do you shoot jpegs?

11 Sep 2010 12:59pm

@Julie Brown: Hi Julie - Thanks. The trail does go all the way round. I'll try to inject some representative shots as best I can but most of them were taken from this northern side andr from the aspen grove area. These pics were taken in 2006 with a Fuji point and shoot which is all I had at the time other than Barbara's point and shoot Pentax which we also used on the trip - but that was it..- so unfortunately there was no polarzier. Nowadays, I certainly do have one and use it all the time now with my Olympus E-510 that I use now. I shoot jpegs now and this is also a jpg taken from a Fuji point and shoot. There were birds but not many that I saw at the time. There were bluejays for sure I know that. I think that there would definitely be birds around especially in the late spring and summer since there is water and creeks and vegetation. I hope this answers your questions. This is kind of a touristy spot, probably, but still well-worth checking out.

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

Completely incredible.

11 Sep 2010 1:54pm

@B.Held: Hi Brittany - Thank you :-)

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

beautiful place; great shot, Denny !

11 Sep 2010 2:50pm

@MARIANA: Hi Mariana- Thank you :-)

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

very nice composition

11 Sep 2010 4:48pm

@john4jack: Hi Jack - Thank you - anything look familiar??

k@ from Paris, France

I like the pure feel here, an image made to be breathed up it seems, Denny...

11 Sep 2010 7:44pm

@k@: Hi Karine - that is for sure - the air is pure and healthy too!

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Very nice place. Would like to have a walk on this little path... :-)

11 Sep 2010 7:46pm

@Evelyne Dubos: Hi Evelyne - this is a wonderful path i promise. I love your photo for today - it is wonderful!

Becky from los angeles, United States

just beautiful - I was just preparing to do my meditation today -
This will be the perfect visual! Gorgeous!

11 Sep 2010 8:49pm

@Becky: Hi Becky - Thank you but I think youerimage is full of meditative energy for sure..take care!

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

Wow, that's just a beautiful image! I love the clouds in that brightness at the top, the stunning mountains beyond, and that wonderful blue of the water. What a stunning place. The details really pop. That light in the sky with the clouds and the shade over one side of the mountain brings even more three dimensionality to the image. Fantastic! :))

11 Sep 2010 8:55pm

@Bettina: Thanks Bettina - the cloud really causes a blown out exposure but I did this because I received some questions yesterday about the color of the water and I wanted to show this image which is essentially unedited, to help verify that the color of the water is deep blue like this. The trail is really cool - you guys should go up there sometime, there is a campground i think.

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

A beautiful landscape !!!!!

11 Sep 2010 9:36pm

@DowsherVision: Hi there and thank you very much!!

Julie Brown from Indianapolis, United States

Denny, this is a pretty good shot with a point and shoot. My photography has changed since 2006 and so has yours!

11 Sep 2010 11:22pm

@Julie Brown: Thanks Julie - I love your work!

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A lovely view down the trail to the mountain.

12 Sep 2010 12:46am

@Steve Rice: Hi Steve thank you - yes this was a fun and VERY beautiful walk. Not too strenuous either :-)

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

That blue is awesome. Must have been amazing. How far are you from Princeton? That's where my family lives. Sister and her family and my mother.

12 Sep 2010 12:47am

@Bettina: Hi Bettina - Thank you yes the blue is and was really neat. I would say we are about naybe 2 hrs or less from Princeton. We are in Easton, PA which sits on the PA/NJ border on I-78 which runs east and west. Princeton is south from us.

Julie from Easton, United States

Wonderful shot! All of the colors, layers and composition are excellent! (still grrrrrring the west coast hehe)

12 Sep 2010 3:11am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Fabulous - get me there now !

12 Sep 2010 6:33am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very nice. The colors just pop. I would like to hike here.

12 Sep 2010 7:04pm

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