The Historic Storm of January 2017

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January 2017
Convict Lake, California

My daughter, Sabrina was home from Yale, and we chose the first afternoon of clearing clouds and showers. When we arrived Convict Lake the sky was clear, and I was disappointed. The conditions were prime for a "once-in-a- lifetime" image, but the sun was out, there were few clouds to soften the bright contrast of the afternoon. After mulling over the possibilities for a bit, we realized the sun would set in a perfect location over Laurel Mountain and I had only minutes to prepare the capture. I was NOT "mindfully rested and quiet" after the Holidays, and I had last used the camera for real on my last trip to San Francisco. The shot presented itself as a panoramic, and it needed a three-stop split ND filter. Even with my Canon 5DSR the contrast was still too much, as shown by a glance at the histogram. Exposure needed to be planed in advance for a pano, and just that instant I discovered that I would have one chance to capture the setting sun with a classic starburst!