Tahoe Lenticular

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This was made quite some time ago. I was exhibiting my photography at a weekend art show in Southlake Tahoe. On Saturday evening after the show I drove around the south end of the lake and a short time after sunset I was just north of Emerald Bay when the sky erupted and the lenticular cloud took center stage. At that moment I wished I was at Emerald Bay, but I did not want to let this moment pass, so without any interesting foreground, I aimed to just get the cloud.

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Does the cloud provide enough interest by itself? I always wished for some kind of fore ground.

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She-hao 4x5, Nikon 150mm f/5.6, f11, 1/8 sec, Fuji Velvia.

Scanned and processed in PS with minimal adjustments.

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Youssef, the pinks and blues and clouds are quite striking. I also like the “arm/claw” reaching for the clouds. While I like how the view into the distance adds depth on the left, I also wonder about a tighter crop on the two main lenticulars??? Yes a view with some reflection in the lake could be great, this is nicely dramatic as presented.

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Lovely!! And credit for finding this much FG with the time it must have taken to set up the camera. The dead tree is wonderful and you have tonal separation between the trees and the mountain on the left. The post-sunset color is beautifully captured. The flexibility of color with digital cameras leads to so many overdone sunsets – it is refreshing to see a well-rendered one.

Beautiful capture of the lenticular clouds. I like the dead tree reaching toward the clouds as if it’s pointing them out. I think you did a great job of a last minute setup.

Youssef –

This is a beautiful and striking image. I am fortunate to spend my vacation in North Lake Tahoe, but I have not seen a sky like this in the past 36 years since I have been visiting the area.

I appreciate the simplicity and geometry of the foreground with respect to the angle of the clouds. The angle between the dead tree, the clouds, and the slope of the treeline work well together. I also appreciate the challenge of capturing such extraordinary colors.

I am looking forward to my retirement in 3.5 years (but whose counting) when I can spend half the year in Tahoe and the remainder of the year in my home in Annapolis, MD