The Convict Lake is the small lake located in the heart of Sierra Nevada mountains at an elevation of 2500 meters.
It was a beautiful and warm day. There were no sines that the flowing day the Sierra will be hit by a major snow storm (middle of May) and all mountains crossing leading to the Pacific Coast will be closed.
The only way for me to get to San Francisco was to drive all the way to Lake Tahoe, spend night there and in the morning to cross the mountains from there.
I spotted the fallen tree in the lake right away. I reminded me the giant octopus. The idea was to make the tree the focal point of the composition with the Sierra Mountains serving as the back drop. And since the sky was cloudless and boring I made sure to minimized the impact of the sky on composition.
I had to step into freezing water to get this shot.
Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 10-18
Focal Length: 10mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
Shutter Speed: 1/250s
Bracketing: 3 (-1, 0, 1)
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D
I was planning to keep experimenting with Rapid Editing PLUS workflow, but when I applied the Natural preset in the beginning, I liked it right away. I did not see the need to reduce the opacity of the effect.
Next, I used TOOLKIT to boost contrast and clarity.
The Lightroom Editing Formula: Natural (8, 13, 17, 31)
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.
- Topaz DeNoise was used to reduce digital noise.