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First Snowstorm of the Season, White Mountains

Now this excites me: 30 mph winds with snow blowing sideways, as the first snowstorm of the season blows in from the west. Minutes after taking this picture, white-out conditions blew in, reducing visibility to about 50 meters, with heavy side-blown large wet flakes. Initially, the snow was melting as it hit the relatively warm ground, but it has now started to accumulate (12:42 PM). I'm hoping for 8 inches or so (no problem to drive through up here), but that is expecting a lot. If 4-5 inches accumulates, that will make for excellent photography opportunities tomorrow.

Update 12:48 PM: the angry cloudburst (of snow) just parted, showing blue sky to the south. The main front seems to be to the north.

See also my notes on shooting Zeiss ZF.2 lenses on the Sony A7R II. I particularly like the f/2.8 and f/2 ZF.2 wides for their compact form factor (no need to use the Novoflex ASTAT tripod collar for weight reasons).

For Eastern Sierra weather, see Dennis Mattinson’s weather blog. The White Mountains are just to the east of the Sierra Nevada, across the valley.

View from above Patriarch Grove, White Mountains
f5.6 @ 1/125 sec, ISO 100; 2015-10-01 12:10:42
Sony A7R II + 21mm

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Warm and dry in my car for now, I’m waiting out the onslaught for the time being. But soon I may suit up with wind pants and waterproof shell and go for a short hike to enjoy the raw weather.

A few minutes after taking the image further above—white out
f11 @ 1/60 sec, ISO 100; 2015-10-01 12:30:55
Sony A7R II + 21mm

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Beautiful, but disappointing. I had hoped for some serious snow but the white-out snow gave way 40 minutes later to clear blue sky! Very pretty nonetheless. I've been here in August and seen 4-5 inches accumulate in this area, and even snow down to 8500' in the middle of August.

Storm Clears
f11 @ 1/320 sec, ISO 100; 2015-10-01 12:50:02
Sony A7R II + 21mm

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Storm Clears
f8 @ 1/800 sec, ISO 100; 2015-10-01 12:55:47
Sony A7R II + 21mm

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