Mono Lake is a special place, very otherworldly, like nothing you’ve seen before. The mineral formations, called tufas, are simply stunning. I wrote about astrophotography before and, this time, it’s about long exposures.
The lake was fairly still around the tufas, so I used long exposures to make it perfectly smooth and get some reflections. It worked great to contrast against the sharp tufas.
I used an ND filter to reduce the amount of light reaching my camera’s sensor and have exposures of about 60 seconds. This was enough to soften the water because it was almost still. I adapted the length of the exposure to how fast the water was moving.
I also decided to do a panorama of the main tufas formation, with a long exposure at dusk. Click to see large!
We only stayed one evening, but I’d love to go back to Mono Lake and spend more time there. It is a beautiful place with a unique natural phenomenon.