Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lake Tahoe 2011 Part 3

I recently went to Lake Tahoe for vacation. Took some photos. :) There wasn't a lot of snow this year though. The weather patterns have been really weird recently. Anyways. I hope you enjoy the photos!

Lake Tahoe is a large fresh water lake in the Sierra Nevada of United States. It is located on the state line of California and Nevada. The lake is 1645 feet deep making it the second deepest lake in the USA (#1 is Crater Lake in Oregon). Lake Tahoe is a major tourist attraction in both California and Nevada. It is home to a number of ski resorts, summer recreation areas, and other tourist attractions. The Nevada side also includes high amounts of casinos which also attracts quite some people.

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best photos from Lake Tahoe and Truckee in 2009 and 2011, use this link. To view all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

Part: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 |

Today's post will mainly focus on landscape. Most of my good photo is in today's post. Hope you enjoy!

An effect like this can only be achieved with a circular polarizer. The one I own is a B+W 58mm Kaesemann Circular Polarizer. This photo was barely touched up in Photoshop. The colors on here are almost original. The only change was +3 on Vibrance.

The grass and bushes on the bottom of the photo acts as an "eye catcher" for the photo. If you were to just take a photo of the blue water, the photo will be too blue. The bushes on the bottom helps balance out the blue in the photo. To have everything in focus, it is also a good idea to put your camera in aperture priority mode and close down the aperture (high f-stop). The camera was pointed downwards on a hill to take this photo, so the water is farther away than the bushes in the foreground.

Photography Tip: Circular polarizers are great for getting rid of reflections from water and glass. It can also help saturate colors. It is especially useful for taking photos of things underwater (while you are above water) and landscapes. If you are serious about photography, try not to aim for the $10 or $20 ones. They will leave you with horrible glares. The B+W Polarizer I have costed me around $105.

A photo of Lake Tahoe. Remember the "eye catcher" trick I showed you yesterday? The rocks here act as an "eye catcher". Compare this photo to the next photo.

I zoomed in a bit and took out the rocks. See how this photo now looks average? It is good to have an "eye catcher" in your photos.

This effect, again, can only be achieved by a circular polarizer. Apart from your lens, a professional will always tell you that it is good to keep a variety of good filters on hand to achieve different effects.

This is another photo of Lake Tahoe. This is one of my good photos in my mind. See those 3 rocks? Those also act as the "eye catcher" for the photo. Like I said before, even if the photo is of landscape, the eyes still tries to look for something to look at in the photo. If they eyes don't find anything, you will feel like it is an average photo. When compositing a shot, always look for eye catchers for a beautiful photo.
Update 2/22/2016: I visited this place again recently, and unlike my 17 year old self, I actually took note of where this actually was. This photo is shot at at Kings Beach, CA.

Another photo of Lake Tahoe.

Stopped by the side of the highway and took this photo. The area looked more beautiful the the photo. That is what I mean "eye catchers". I couldn't find any.

Taken on the side of the highway.

Lake Tahoe's view from the peak of the mountain. Taken on the side of the highway. You know what the funny thing is? I think several years ago, I took a photo from the exact same place. The trees grew a lot! Take a look at my post from a few years back.

This photo was taken at a view point. 

I got more landscapes coming your way in the next blog post, so make sure you check back! Please share today's post with your friends and family! Also, please "Like" us on Facebook and get notifications when I post new photos!

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