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Off to the Mountains

I’m heading to the Eastern Sierra for some shooting, with several projects, two that will be under wraps for a time, but of course the Sony 70-200/2.8 GM and the A9, some more work with Zeiss Batis 135mm f/2.8 and other 135mm lenses like the Sigma 135/1.8 DG HSM Art also.

Anyone in the area next week: I’m available for a one-on-one photo tour, one day or more.

It’s an extreme snow year (an all-time record in recorded history!), so I’m taking gaiters and micro spikes but even so I doubt I’ll get far—what I really need is some skis if I’m to get around but I don’t have any and postholing through soft spring snow is both dangerous and extremely fatiguing. I guess I’ll just bicycle 200 miles instead on one of the days so I can claim I didn’t wimp out. I’ll be working the relatively low elevations and probably some more Cerro Gordo time too and it is possible to get to the ancient bristlecone pines near Schulman Grove by driving (road is open to that point).

Many years I can get into the high country by early June (area below near Tenaya Lake is only at 8000' elevation or so), but not a chance this year since the management schmoos at NPS see fit to block the entire road from Crane Flat, even if most of the distance is free and clear (or 100% free and clear, falsehoods suffice for public consumption). The waterfalls are thundering and that will go on for at least 8 weeks more—go see them in Yosemite Valley if nothing else. The remaining beaver dams in Lundy Canyon will surely be wiped out this year, what a shame since that will erase the last of the brookie habitat.

f8 @ 1/1500 sec, ISO 160; 2010-06-09 13:21:50
M9 Digital Camera + Summilux-M 24mm f/1.4 ASPH

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