With winter approaching, I have been dying to get up to the snow because I have never really photographed snowy scenery. So before I went, I studied up techniques for proper exposure, packed my bag with all of the essentials, and took off early yesterday morning for South Shore. I had a few images that I knew I wanted to capture, but besides that, I didn't necessarily have a plan.
Shooting with a Nikon D3, the shots are made up using a 14-24mm f/2.8, 50mm f/1.4, and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. I mostly stuck to handheld while hiking around, but did use my tripod for a few of the shots, specifically the panorama.
Growing up, I had never really explored around South Lake Tahoe, this year has seen me up there more than I ever had in the past. I left the house around 5 am, but driving up, I just missed the sunrise. Thankfully, I had hiked out to Fallen Leaf Lake before all of the good light had gone. I was able to catch a few sunbursts and stellar reflections of the peaks behind the lake. Mel and I had been here earlier this summer and looking back on the pictures, I really wanted one that had extremely crisp lines in the mountains.
After sufficiently soaking my socks in the snow and dunking my left foot into a creek, I headed back to south shore to meet up with Anna. She just started working for Vail Resorts and had a great Hike to show me. We made our way up the Castle Rock trail, which turned out to be a bit more difficult toward the top with the recent snow fall. We took in the view for a good twenty minutes or so and headed out just before it started to get too cold. We ended the day with burritos and enchiladas from the first Mexican place we could find on the main strip, which earned a good rating for the $7 burrito I had.
Overall, I am very happy with some of the images I collected and the sights I got to see. Can't wait to head back up to the snow again soon.