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Backside of Mono Lake Area

I completed the Eastern Sierra Double Century yesterday. While I was out of the running due to tire/wheel problems (bad glue job by local bike shop that decentered the tire, causing rubbing on the chainstay and eventual blowout), I finished using my 2nd spare tire.

Normally I am totally focused on the ride, but this time given that I was totally out of the running, I stopped to shoot a few panos later in the day, these shots being on Hwy 120 east of Yosemite and south of Mono Lake. It is worth a photographer’s look-see for the stark landscape, with some burn areas (very interesting with strafing light), developing carpets of hot pink flowers, and wide-open vistas.

Most images that follow taken with the iPhone 7 Plus in panorama mode. The iPhone in pano mode is by far the best camera choice for this type of shooting—even off a bike—because one can capture a very wide range of image widths at very good quality up to 17000 pixels wide or so. Downsampled to 50% to 75% linearly, the quality is strong (in pano mode only, still photo mode ranges from marginal to garbage depending on lighting). See iPhone Panoramas In Depth: Shooting & Post Processing Tips, Numerous Examples up to 11K Resolution.

Mono Lake from Hwy 120 east
f2.8 @ 1/2000 sec, ISO 20; 2017-06-03 14:11:39
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 @ 57mm (6.6mm)

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Bright pink flowers are starting to develop from the low-growing green plants in the volcanic soil. Some good flower carpets are starting to appear. Mark C writes that “Perhaps these: Bigelow’s monkeyflower. I’ve seen lots of these around this time of year along Hwy 120. Plenty of other possibilities, of course.”.

Looking towards east side of Mono Craters area
f2.8 @ 1/1700 sec, ISO 20; 2017-06-03 14:03:48
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 @ 57mm (6.6mm)

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Mono Lake, viewed from Hwy 120
f2.8 @ 1/2000 sec, ISO 20; 2017-06-03 14:04:05
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 6.6mm f/2.8 @ 57mm (6.6mm)

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Hwy 120 east, south of Mono Lake
f1.8 @ 1/4800 sec, ISO 20; 2017-06-03 14:09:14
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 28mm (4mm)

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Burn zone, south of Mono Lake
f1.8 @ 1/4600 sec, ISO 20; 2017-06-03 14:08:44
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 28mm (4mm)

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Heading towards Benton at about mile 140, with the White Mountains (Inyo range) visible in the distance.

High country on Hwy 120 heading towards Benton, CA
f1.8 @ 1/4600 sec, ISO 20; 2017-06-03 15:37:10
iPhone 7 Plus + iPhone 7 Plus back camera 3.99mm f/1.8 @ 28mm (4mm)

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