Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe

Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe

Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe

Yesterday I posted a photo of this same exact place on my Facebook. This is the famous Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe. It’s exactly a mile South from Sand Harbor Beach on the Nevada side, very easy to get to if you ever want to go there. (There is 2 pull outs on the side of the road, one dirt and one asphalt if you get to the asphalt one you went to far, Park on the dirt one)

Yesterday I went down there and waited patiently for the sunset, to be fair it was breath taking and I had an incredible time, but from a photographers perspective I knew there could be a better shot.

Today was the day. I woke up and I had an itch about going back. I kept looking at the sky and the clouds looked kind of funky, nothing too exiting but there was the possibility of awesomeness in the making. I kept going back and forth in my head about going back to shoot the sunset once again, I finally said fuck it and headed back to Bonsai Rock. (its about an hour from where Im at right now)

When I got there this is what I saw, an epic sunset over the lake. Its moments like this I live for and today paid off. Not only that but I met two other really cool photographers, we all had big fat grins watching magic happen right in front of us.  I get a kick that other people get a kick from what I get a kick from :)

Camera settings:
0.4 seconds f/18 ISO 100 14-24mm Lens

Bonasai Rock Lake Tahoe (8 of 10)

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The Beauty of Lake Tahoe

The Beauty of Lake Tahoe

The Beauty of Lake Tahoe

Every time I come to Reno I try to go to Lake Tahoe, its not a far drive but sometimes I get lazy and end up not going. Let me tell you, every time I do make it up there it never disappoints.

I shot this yesterday at sunset, right before the sun came out the sky was flat and the sun was hiding behind the clouds I walked around for a while before coming back to this location, (one of my favorite spots in Lake Tahoe) when I came back I was greeted by the light. I was so happy :)

I grew up in this rocks, I have stories for days from getting drunk with best friends, to taking a girl to the hospital for going off a rope swing and missing the water and landing on the rocks, we must of been 17-18 it was crazy and not pretty, another one of my friends dove in to the lake from a high rock and split his head open and my bff also asked his beautiful wife to marry him here so its a special spot for me. (I could have a blog just writing personal stories of the epic rocks)

This is at Sand Harbor in the Nevada side of the lake, google it and you should have no problem finding it, its a touristy spot but when the sun starts going down the people slowly start to disappear. Usually there will be a few photographers left and an epic sunset…If you walk north on the road for about a quarter mile you will find another set rocks and there is never anyone there, its a bit hidden but the climb is worth it, thats where most of my stores come from. Off to San Francisco :)

Camera settings: 1/100 of a second F16 ISO 500 14-24mm lens hand held.

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Lake Tahoe Before Sunset

Lake Tahoe Before Sunset

Lake Tahoe Before Sunset

Here is a photo I shot last summer, it was a beautiful day, the lake was still, so still you could see the bottom. Right before sunset the trees glowed with the sun. It was perfect, so perfect I felt one with the lake.

This was shot from Sand Harbor beach. Its a beach facing the West located on the Nevada side. If you have never been to Lake Tahoe, you need to plan a trip. This place is amazing. Below is a video where I show you how I edit this photo.

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Lightroom Edit Lake Tahoe

Lightroom Edit Lake Tahoe

Lightroom Edit Lake Tahoe:
Good morning people, here is another Lightroom edit. This time I use an underexposed photo and bring out all the shadows, colors and clean it up. Lightroom really is an amazing piece of software, you can get just about anything done on it with a few simple, sliders. If you have any questions drop me a line or a message and please help me spread the love peeps. Have a good Monday and I will see you on the next one.

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Photo editing with Lightroom

Photo editing with Lightroom

Photo editing with Lightroom:

Hi people here is a short video I made of how I edit my photos. This is how I edit most of them. I will be making more of this vids so stay tunned. Let me know what you think. I hope you find it helpful. Thank you for all your emails.

The photo, this is Lake Tahoe, California side Emeral Bay. Its an amazing place to say the least. If you ride motorcycles this is an amazing ride.

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Here is the original photo:
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Here it is after cleaning up a bit:
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Here it is with a texture added:
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Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe

Its days like this that I live for. On my last trip, (I just got back yesterday) I went up to Lake Tahoe with my good friend Gil, it was an amazing drive up the road and some great conversation. I love photography for this reason, I mean its not only about the photo, its about all that happens in between.

This is Lake Tahoe, an amazing gift to us from mother nature. I have been here many times for the last 15 years. I have some amazing memories here but the older I get the more I can appreciate places like this.

I have shot this place so many times but have always been disappointed with my photos, this time the photography gods hooked me up, all I really had to do was press the shutter. Im very happy with my shots. It was so silent, so still, nobody around and the sunset was unforgettable. Thank you Gil for coming up with me, catching up, and sharing this awesomeness with me.

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