I spent a weekend in the Eastern Sierras with Willie and Sammi trying to find some snowy scenes to photograph. We had a pretty good idea of where we wanted to shoot but sometimes even with all the planning and scouting you just happen upon a beautiful scene. It’s even better when you don’t sleep through it! The benefits of keeping an open eye while in beautiful places ...
I was driving down CA-395 on our way to the Alabama Hills when I looked to my right and saw snow blowing off Mt. Williamson and creating this awesome scene. I slowed the car down and looked back at Willie to see if he had noticed. He was fast asleep … mouth open, head back, practically in a snore. “Willie, look to your right!” I screamed, waking him up. He response was “woah, yea, pull over.” Pull-over I did and we spent about 30 minutes watching the wind blow the snow off the mountain and snapped photos the entire time. I just loved the way the wind created a lot of motion, even in a still photograph. The combination of shadow, wind, and light-rays all made for a gorgeous scene!
For this pano I took 6 shots and blended them into this 2x1 panoramic view, then converted to black and white in Adobe Lightroom. This resulted in an 100 megapixel image.
Nikon D800 w/Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF:
175mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 125
6 image blend using Autopano Giga