Thursday, May 12, 2016

Icicles & Snowstorm (Part 1) - Truckee/Tahoe February 2016

Back in February 2016, I took at trip to Truckee, CA and Lake Tahoe (both California and Nevada side). Most of the photos are of snowy winter scenery. I visited places such as Donner Lake, Tahoe City, Kings Beach, Abandoned Historical Central Pacific Railroad (CPRR) Tunnels, and more. I took many photos and are here to share with you. The photos will be split over several blog posts. If you have been following me on here, you'd know there has been a ton of stuff happening in my life such as my old computer breaking down and health issues I've had to deal with. This delayed my photo processing by a very long time which is why I am only posting them now. I also did vlogs on this trip. If you are interested in viewing them, you can do so here.

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Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9

The photos for today are from day 1 of my trip and were shot on 2/19/2016. The photos are abstract photos of icicles, and scenery photos during a snowstorm in Truckee, CA. I didn't take that many photos on day 1 because my friends and I didn't arrive in Truckee, CA until 3 AM that day (we left for Truckee on the 18th at night), and then we spent 2 hours shoveling snow out of the driveway and settling in. We barely got any sleep that night.

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 There were some icicles hanging down from above at the balcony of the place we were staying at. I thought they would make a great abstract shot with some nice bokeh in the background. I darkened the background by lighting the icicles with my Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT

Black and white process of the photo above.  

Photography Tip: If you want to isolate a subject by darkening the background, make sure you have some distance between the subject and the background. You can achieve the effect by overpowering the flash and underexposing the shot. Flash drop off is exponential. The subject closer to you will get a lot more light than objects further away. 

Another abstract photo of the icicles shot using the same method as I have detailed above.  

Black and white process of the photo above.  

 Another abstract photo of the icicles with some trees in the background. 


My friends and I went to a local Safeway in Truckee, CA to get some food for the weekend. I shot this photo from a snow pile in the Safeway parking lot. This is the beginning of a snowstorm. You can see the snowstorm on the mountain in the distance. 
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 39 19 35 N 120 12 26 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

I decided to take some snowstorm photos. Here is a photo from Snowpeak Way in Truckee, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 39 21 12 N 120 15 17 W 

 Black and white process of the photo above. 


A snowstorm and tree photo from the the parking lot for Tahoe Donner Ski Area in Truckee, CA.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 39 21 19 N 120 15 27 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

It was still snowing, but it did die down a bit. Here is another photo from Snowpeak Way.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 39 21 14 N 120 15 23 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.  

Another photo from Snowpeak Way.
Approximate GPS location (type into Google) according to the Canon GP-E2 GPS Receiver: 39 21 14 N 120 15 21 W 

Black and white process of the photo above.



Here is a photo of Sunny (me) in a bikini! A wild girl at heart. :) As I mentioned earlier, my friends and I were all very tired from the previous night. We had a hot tub so we decided to go soak in the hot tub for a while. I came up with the idea of having a swimsuit shoot before we did. I set up the camera with the flash and gave it to my friend Lilly who took the photos of me. I also helped to take a few photos of her too, but I don't think she wants the photos of her on here. Lilly said she is fine with me posting the photos of me here though.

This is all the photos for today! I hope you have enjoyed the photos! In the next blog post I will have photos of Donner Lake and Donner Creek. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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