Sunset is a magical time at Mono Lake in Eastern California, along route 395, and near Lee Vining. Unfortunately, they have been adding water to the lake now for a number of years, so some of these features, shot in 2000, are no longer visible – a great loss in my opinion.
The stark contrast of brilliant color of late golden sunset light on various bushes around the tufa structure – which is about 16 feet high – contrasts against the blue sky and lake and the dark shadow in the foreground. Getting this beautiful contrast to come to life as I remember seeing it took some careful work with a magnificent tool: Luminar by Macphun Software. I tried doing this before with Photoshop – impossible! At least for me, a fairly advanced Photoshop user – after many hours of trying. Thank you, Macphun!
This image was captured using KODAK GOLD Super 200 Gen 4 in my Canon Elan camera, and consists of three portrait shots stitched together in Photoshop.