Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Donner Memorial State Park/Downtown Truckee - Lake Tahoe/Reno 2012 (Part 8)

If you live in the SF Bay Area, you probably know it never snows here. Many people like me who live in the SF Bay Area love snow. The nearest place that does get snow is in Lake Tahoe and Reno. Many of us go there in the winter to go ski and snowboard, but for me, I don't like any of that. I enjoy taking photos of snow and playing in it. :) Here are photos of Lake Tahoe and Reno I took during my trip in Christmas of 2012. I will be splitting them into several parts as I took a lot of photos there. Hope you enjoy.

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 see my best Lake Tahoe/Reno/Donner Lake photos from 2012, use this link. To see all of my photos from this trip, use this link.

Parts: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11

Before I get started today, I would like to tell you about a great product to add to your camera bag. The product I would like to tell you about today is called the Giottos Rocket Air Blaster. This product is pretty much a rubber air blower. You squeeze on the ball and a big puff of air comes out of the tip. I always use this product on my lens before I wipe to get rid of any big  particles that could potentially scratch my lens. It usually does a good job and I don't even need to wipe! This product also lets me dislodge any dust that have gotten onto my sensor without even touching it. This is usually all I need to bring my sensor back to a clean state. Not only is this product great for cameras, I also use it to dust my keyboard and mouse. Another great feature that sets this product apart from other air blowers is that it includes a patented one way valve that prevents you from sucking up and dust that you have just dislodged! Greatest invention ever and I never regretted my purchase because it is so useful. If you don't have one, you should get a Giottos Rocket Air Blaster now! The company makes the product in 3 sizes: Large (Also Available In Red), Medium, and Small. The company also makes a Q-Ball Version that has a flexible tip that can be angled.

Okay, now let's get started with today's photos. :) The photos for today are from my 3rd day. These photos are from my trip around Donner Lake including photos from the residential area (on Point Drive), at Donner Memorial State Park, and Downtown Truckee.

So these beginning photos are from Point Drive. Here is the snow covered road continuing from Part 7

Giant trees covered in snow. Love them! Really adds to the scenery and the sky. 

Try out a Giottos Rocket Air Blaster today!

The view with the house right in the center with a snow covered road leading up to it. On the sides are snow covered trees. 

Photography Tip: Try to use lead in lines in your photos to guide the viewer's eyes to your subject. In the photo above, the snow covered driveway acts as a lead in line. 

Finally found a place to get a clear shot of Donner Lake!

Now starting photos from Donner Memorial State Park. 

A shot of the snow covered trees in the park. 

Technically I wasn't suppose to walk into this area because a sign said "No visitors beyond this point", but there wasn't any rangers around so I took a short walk in and then quickly came out. Nothing really to see except some tool sheds, a few ranger trucks, and some snow removal equipment. Didn't take much pictures either because it was dull and boring. 

That was suppose to be a information booth, but obviously isn't in use because there is too much snow for anyone to get in!

More buildings drowned in snow at the park. 

Downtown Truckee, CA. Some snow covered houses. 

Sierra Tavern in Historical District of Truckee, CA.

California Welcome Center in the Historical District of Truckee, CA.

These are all the photos for today! I hope you have enjoyed them. Next time, I got some night long exposure photography I did during the night of the 3rd day of my visit and I might also start on photos from my 4th day of the trip. Please don't forget to share the blog post 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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