“Ediza Lake”

Ediza Lake

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From photographer Steve Dunleavy:  This photo features some High Sierra icons: Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak, towering over Ediza Lake in the Ansel Adams Wilderness. I’d passed near here a few years ago, charging down the JMT, but I didn’t take the time to hike up the side trail to see this gem.

I felt like a real outdoor photographer this trip – packed the big-boy 2.8 lens, new tripod and ball-head, filters, etc. Didn’t make much off a difference though – the mosquitos trumped everything.

What I thought was going to be quiet, contemplative photography at dawn turned into a run and gun, shoot-and-slap session. Anyone awake on the other side of the lake must have been amused at my antics – yelling and scratching, spaz-dancing, shaking my fists at the sky, running and waving my tripod around…the bugs were bad!

You can see more of my photos at www.flickr.com/photos/stevedunleavy/. Here are the camera and settings used to capture this image:

Camera: Nikon D90
Lens: Nikon AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
Focal length: 23mm
Shutter speed: 1/50 second
Aperture: f/3.5
ISO: 200

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