High Sierra Mountains (California)

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This is the view from Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in High Sierra Mountains (California). The forest is famous for having the oldest trees in the world with the oldest pine estimated to be 4,842 years old. The forest is located at 3000 m (9,800 ft) above sea level.

When I woke up in Bishop (California) it was warm and pleasant morning in the middle of May, but when I reached Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest around noon, the temperature was just slightly above the freezing level.

It was cold but clear. Nothing would indicate that only if a few hours the Sierra Mountains will be hit by a major snowstorm and I will be trapped in the Sierra with all mountain crossings closed.

This is something I would never expect to experience in the month of May in California.

California. Sierra Nevada. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest
California. Sierra Nevada. Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest.
Loc: 37.385642, -118.178993

Shooting & Processing

It was a single RAW file editing. It was an easy and fast job. I did not have to change the composition so I jumped directly to Rapid Editing.

I applied Lightroom preset Natural from my Landscape Collection and after I used TOOLKIT to boost colors and contrast.

The Lightroom Preset Editing Formula: Natural ( 8, 12, 17, 32)

Deconstructing Featured Photo

Camera: Sony a6000
Lens: Sony 16-70mm
Focal Length: 16mm
Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority (A)
ISO: 100
Aperture: F9
Shutter: 1/250s
Bracketing: single shot
Tripod: FEISOL Tournament CT-3442  – Check my FEISOL Tournament CT-3442 Review.
Ballhead: FEISOL CB-40D


Lightroom: import, tagging, Lightroom Rapid Editing.
Photoshop: color correction, contrast, cleaning.

Photoshop Plugins: 

  • Luke Carter says:

    Lovely photo, hoping to do a trip round California, the National Parks and over to Las Vegas next year.
    FYI, your second paragraph is duplicated.

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