Mirror Lake Scenic Byway

Mama Mamiya!

Today, I thought I would share one of the first images I captured with my new Mamiya 645 Super medium format film camera (circa 1987). I found this camera, along with 55 mm and 80 mm lenses and a Metz flash, at a pawn shop recently for $100. In three potentially trademarked words, “I’m lovin’ it!”

The downside of this photo and this camera is that it further reminds me how very much I love (and prefer) shooting film!

Mamiya 645 Super, Ilford 120 ISO 100, 4 seconds at f/16, 55 mm


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High (Altitude) Dynamic Range: Mirror Lake

There are two kinds of light–the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.
– James Thurber

Beautifully nestled among the fir trees growing at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Utah’s Uinta mountains rests Mirror Lake (Latitude: 40.70083 Longitude: -110.88361). It is without a doubt one of my favorite spots to watch the sun begin its journey above the horizon. You can see that the nearly perfect reflections of the lake’s surroundings on the surface of its crystal clear water provide the explanation for its self-explanatory name. Frequently, the only sound one hears is the cursing of a frustrated fisherman or a deer running through the woods. In its own way, it’s magical, and I love being touched by the magic.

For this post, I’m trying something a little different to bring out the magnitude of the beauty of Mirror Lake: HDR image processing. I hope you like the result.

Nikon D300, ISO 200, 6 seconds at f/5.6, f/8 and f/11, 18 mm


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