Burning Man is Canceled. Is it really?? Say What?
Have you ever been to Mars? I have, and many times over. It’s not really mars, but it sure feels like it. I have been going to burning man for a long time. However, I haven’t gone for a few years now. I guess I got a bit tired and wanted to travel to other places during those dates.
Let’s get back to the topic, Burning man is canceled! Really??? No no no, not really, but for the past 2 years, it has been canceled due to the pandemic. What a bummer, because burning man is good times to be had. Imagine all your best friends that you have never met, having the time of their life on a completely different planet where everything goes… That’s kind of what burning man is like.
How crazy would it be if burning man gets completely canceled? Well, I’m not sure if that will ever happen, but if it did, I think we would be ok. This past year during “burning man” or canceled burning man, lots of people showed up to black rock desert to do a “renegade burn”. From looking at the photos, it was EPIC. So no you have nothing to worry about. To see the photos, check out Instagram hashtag #renegadeburn
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Where are the best places to photograph Lake Tahoe? I have created the best photo locations Lake Tahoe has to offer the guide. In this article, I will show you the best photo locations in Lake Tahoe and tell you the best possible times to shoot.
Lake Tahoe is a massive freshwater lake sitting on California and Nevada’s state line. It basically splits right down the middle. Sitting at 6,225 above sea level and it is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range. You can imagine the epic views to be had from this magical place.
Best Photo Locations Lake Tahoe Edition
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Lake Tahoe Photography Location Guide
1. Sand Harbor. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Lake Tahoe. In the summer is full of tourist early in the day; however, as the sun starts to vanish, so does everyone else. Make sure you walk around as there are endless spots to shoot in Sand Harbor. The best time to shoot is Sunset.
2. The Rocks at Sand Harbor. As you make your way around Sand Harbor, remember to look back towards the beach. The best shots are not always directly in the direction of the Sunset.
3. Sand Point. This is on the other side of Sand Harbor. As you make your way around this beautiful place, you will find a photo op in just about every corner. The best place to shoot is at Sunset.
4. East Shore. Lake Tahoe’s East shore is full of epic beaches and beautiful rock formations. I like to shoot the East Shore during Sunset as all the rock formations and beaches are beautifully lit by the golden light.
5. Bonsai Rock. Bonsai Rock is one of the most beautiful locations to shot the Sunset in Lake Tahoe. In fact, it is my favorite location. It can be a bit difficult to find, but once you are there, your jaw will drop. The best time to shoot is at Sunset. Here is the exact location.
6. Cave Rock. With 360 degree views of Lake Tahoe, this place is hard to beat. Park on the street and take a small hike up the rocks. You will love it. The best time to shoot is Sunset. I shot this during the day with my Nikon 70-200 zoomed it at 200.
7. Emerald Bay. On the other side of Lake Tahoe, you will find Everal Bay. It was stunning views and energy you have to experience. The best time to shoot is the sunrise.
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8. Eagle Falls. Sitting on top of Emerald Bay Eagle falls is a must. Get here early to scout the area and set up. Be careful as the rocks are very slippery, and you can fall down the waterfalls.
9. Vikingsholm. As you shoot Emerald Bay, you have to take the trail called Rubicon Trailhead. This trail will lead you directly to Vikingsholm. Here you can take epic shots of the beach and the pier. The best time to shoot is during sunrise.
10. Fannette Island. Wher is Fannette Island you are asking? Well, Fannette Island is that small island you can see from the top of Emerald Bay. It is a cool little island you must shoot while you are there.
11. Eagle Point Treeline. Located right outside Eagle Point campground, turn left or right to get these epic views. The best time to shoot is anytime.
12. Rubicon Bay. You can find lots of piers in this beautiful bay. The best time to shoot is during the sunrise or Sunset. You can stop along the side of the road and just enjoy the scenery. I shot these during a very cold morning.
There you have it. The Best Photo Locations Lake Tahoe has to offer. I hope you can make it to some of these locations and enjoy it as much as I always do. Please leave me a comment if this was helpful in any way. That is the best way to say thank you.
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This is the famous society sign in Reno Nevada. I shot this a long time ago after a business trip I took there. This is one of the coolest signs ever, it just has so much character. I always wonder why we don’t make cool stuff like this. Seems like everything we make now is kind of lame and its only made to last a little bit. Back then things were made to last a lifetime and the designs were just amazing.
What one do you like better, black and white or color?
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.
After a long slow drive to Lake Tahoe (due to crazy fog) I finally arrived at 4am in the morning. After shooting the sunrise this insane blanket of fog came and covered the lake as far as I could see. I quickly ascended back to the top of this mountain to get some foggy overhead shots… a bit winded but I made it…
1/320 F14 ISO 100 24-85mm Les at 70mm
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