Bonsai Rock, Lake Tahoe, Nevada

Posted by Don Smith (California, United States) on 12 April 2012 in Landscape & Rural.


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A large part of successful landscape photography, at least for me, begins with quality light. Today's image of Lake Tahoe's iconic Bonsai Rock was captured at sunset as the warmly-lit clouds overhead reflected down into the choppy Lake waters. To read more about finding and working with quality light, please read my latest blog post: Successful Landscape Photography - It's Really All About The Light

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Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Whoa, look here. I was just putting an "adder comment' (you know how I just can't shut up) on your Achium image and I saw this one (which I also saw on your FB and WP Blog the other day, too.... I loved your story andyour clients were VERY lucky to have youshowing them the ropes). THIS is a perfect example of the right way, the beautiful way- to convey an existing subtle light that has nuances of ecstasy. What do I mean by that? In the water and on the rocks, and in the VERY top of your frame, we see that each wave has a little light shining from it...each curve and facing of the rock has a light glowing from it,...the sky has a killer overhead beam running all across it...the splashes and the foreground rock - and the little trees on Bonsai there - all have their little lights working :-). This is the perfect shot and the perfect time and you have captured and shared those wonderful nuances of ecstasy...Just gorgeous Don!

13 Apr 2012 6:39pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Hey Denny, kind of a steep climb to get down to this location but it is iconic and I feel I need to at least offer these locations for a workshop. Tahoe is such a beautiful area - maybe one day I will again offer a group workshop there. As always, I appreciate your well articulated and kind comments. Hope you and your family are having a fantastic weekend!

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Looks like you had some wonderful light Don! I love the snow capped mountains in the background- they really bring everything together and give a wonderful sense of place...Love the movement in the water, too.

13 Apr 2012 8:38pm

@Tracy: Thanks for writing Tracy. It has been an incredible busy time and I haven't had much time to visit other blogs. Hopefully, in another couple weeks things will lighten up a bit.

Mike from California, United States

Great capture from this location Don... the color and snow capped mountains in the background are what make the image for me here.

15 Apr 2012 7:03pm

@Mike: Much appreciated Mr. Hall!

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