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Photo Info

Dimensions8125 x 6109
Original file size32.2 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken14-May-21 21:21
Date modified16-May-21 22:12
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelPENTAX 645Z
Focal length35 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Exposure20s at f/6.3
FlashNot fired, compulsory mode
Exposure bias+1/3 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 1250
Metering modeCenter-weighted average


I slipped away for the weekend with fellow photography Miguel, bound for the Eastern Sierras. On past visits to this site at Lake Crowley in Mono County, I was determined to come back with enough equipment to light the structure for a multi-image composite.

The original plan was to set up my camera on a tripod some 30 ft out in the lake, aimed back toward shore...BUT, the high winds were not only generating crashing surf, the waves even had curls as they broke on the rocky beach. My gear was certainly drenched, as was I after only a few minutes.

I went for a comp near the water's edge and set the camera to take 20 sec exposures while I walked the exterior and interior of the structure, carefully light painting small sections at a time.

In all, this is a composite of some 50+ separate frames, blended together for the final result.

Lens is the DFA 35mm f/3.5 on the 645Z.

More about the location. A prehistoric volcanic event caused the formation of this spectacular colonnade of mineral deposits over 760,000 years ago, which is slowly being exposed as moving water erodes the surrounding ash tuff. Lake Crowley in Mono County, California.

I can assure you, the hardest part was the hike back up to the truck with all the extra gear...and that was only our first stop of the night, lol.