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Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 30 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural.

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I had always wanted to find Bonsai Rock located along the shores of eastern Lake Tahoe, Nevada but had no idea where to look. It is not marked on any topo map but I had seen some intriguing images on the web (and from local pro Elizabeth Carmel) and knew it had strong visual appeal. Thanks to the knowledge of my friend Scott Schilling, he led me to this rather "secret location" (though how secretive are any locations anymore thanks to GPS and the web)?

It's a rather steep walk to this location but well worth the effort. The foreground possibilities are endless, and this location would work well at both sunrise and sunset. When I spotted this funnel-like looking cloud reflecting warm light near sunset, I knew I had to somehow combine Bonsai and the cloud into one frame to allow the two unique elements to compliment each other.

This is really a straightforward capture with only a polarizer on my 24-70 mmL lens used to help bring the color out of the sky. I have a couple of verticals which feature some warm-toned rocks in the foreground that I may save as later posts.

In the meantime, I would love to hear your thoughts on this image.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 2/5 seconds F/16.0 ISO 100 70 mm

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