First Light at Emerald Bay, Lake Tahoe.<br />
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I have taken many early light images at Emerald Bay for the past few years. <br />
With at least 20 attempts under my belt with little success.<br />
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Well... I have witnessed some nice light but I'm always looking for drama in the sky. <br />
It is not as easy as one might think to capture all of the elements coming together. Gap light, clouds and color throughout the sky and in the water.<br />
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When I visit Lake Tahoe, I'm up at 4:30 am and work my way down to a pull out along Hwy 89 at the back of Emerald Bay.<br />
I usually go to the same location and use my headlamp to set up my tripod and camera. My hope is that this time I will witness an amazing sunrise...<br />
You just never know what show nature will put on so you must go there and be ready.<br />
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Emerald Bay is one of the most picturesque places at Lake Tahoe and the Sierra. With Fannette Island rising 150 feet above the lake, <br />
it is the only natural island in Lake Tahoe and it serves as a nice element that adds to the composition.<br />
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Emerald Bay is a must see when you are in Tahoe, whether you drive along hwy 89 or you take one of the many cruises that venture into the emerald blue water.<br />
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This sunrise is another fleeting moment , and you can bet that I will be ready on my next visit to see what nature has for me...<br />
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This image was captured on September 25, 2011 at 6:18 am. This is a 13 second exposure, f9, ISO 400 at 29mm.<br />
I used a graduated nuetral density filter which holds back the light on the upper sky portion of the image by three stops, this helps balance the light and create a more pleasing exposure.
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