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.

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

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.

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


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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