Mono Lake Best Photography Spots

Mono lake best photography spots. When You think of Mono Lake, you think of the moon. We have all seen photos of this place, and it just looks cool. Naturally an attraction for photographers.

When I first visited Mono Lake I had no idea where the mono lake photography spots where. I literally drove around almost the entire lake.

This is why I have created the Mono Lake Best Photography Spots list. This should get you to the perfect spots in no time at all.

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Best places in mono lake to take photos


The Gear

The gear I used for all my photos: Nikon with a Nikon 14-24mm a Nikon 24-85mm a Nikon 70-200.  A MeFOTO tripod is a must. I edit all my images with my Lightroom Presets download them and give them a try.

Where to stay

If you are looking for a place to stay in town I recommend the Lake View Lodge. It is close to everything, and it’s friendly and affordable.

best photos of mono lake at sunset

Mono Lake Best Photography Spots

Once you arrive at Mono City and Mono Park, you will be very confused about where to go. I ended up driving around lost for hours. I would hate for you to do that.

Mono Lake South Tufa

The best place to photograph Mono Lake is Called South Tufa. It is a trendy place, and it is straightforward to get to. All you have to do is follow the sings. Below is a map on where it is. Just follow it, and you will be in photographers paradise.

All these images were photographed in Mono Lake South Tufa. It is where you want to be when you are looking for the Mono Lake best photography spots. Make sure you get there early to scout out the locations you want to shoot. There can be lots of people there.

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Here is the map on exactly how to get there.

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Mono Lake California

Mono Lake California

Located in Mono County California, Mono Lake is very large and was formed at least 760,000 years ago according to Wikipedia.

This place is one of the weirdest lakes I have ever seen, it feels like you are in another planet, from the rock formations to the water itself it feels completely surreal. It took me a while to get here but it was well worth the drive.

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Once the sun started to set the colors came alive, everything made sense once again and I could not wipe the grin off my face. I was in a different planet and it felt so right. What started off with about 50 photographers ended up with just one. Once the sun was gone I looked behind me and everyone was gone, it was perfect.

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I sat on the ground and gazed at the stars listening to the wild birds around me (and some strange noises coming from the water). 45 minutes later I changed spots and did the same thing before the cold ran me off…. I ended up driving 334 miles to take a few photos and it was worth every second of it…

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I shot this in the South Tufa Area, I drove around the entire lake and I found this to be the best place to shoot.

Bring a tripod, some warm clothes and make sure you stay there well after the sunset, it can be a bit creepy specially if your alone but, it’s a must.

Explore the Elements Photo Contest

Explore the Elements Photo Contest.

Below is my entry for the Thomas Cook photo contest. You can see the full details by clicking here. This is a really cool contest and I think you should enter it also :)

Below are the four elements.

Represents the hard, solid objects of the earth Associated with stubbornness, collectiveness , physicality and gravity.

Rock formations at Mono Lake California as defiant as can be. Shot minutes after sunset.

Represents the energetic, forceful, moving things in the world Associated with security, motivation, desire, intention, and an outgoing spirit.

Right after the sun sets over Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe Nevada, the sky makes its presence known.

Represents the fluid, flowing, formless things in the world Associated with emotion, defensiveness, adaptability, flexibility, suppleness, and magnetism.

Well after the sun had set the waves were getting really big at La Pared beach in Fuerteventura Spain, out of the corner of my eye I spotted this surfer, it was starting to get really dark but he didn’t care, he just wanted to surf into the night.

Represents things that grow, expand, and enjoy freedom of movement Associated with will, elusiveness, evasiveness, benevolence, compassion, and wisdom

Azure window in Gozo Malta. After the sun set the wind followed the blue hour, you could hear it cutting through the rocks making a beautiful melody that just made me smile.

I nominate everyone reading this post, but I also nominate my following friends:

The amazing Jaci, Mr Siracusa, Sweet Caroline, The one and only Vijay, and of course the lovely Inma. I think you guys can win this thing.