Lake Tahoe, CA

Its hard to wake up at 3:15 AM... But its worth it when you are the only car on a ussually crowded street. Its hard to not turn the alarm off and "accidentally" fall asleep again... but I'm always glad I  didn't when I look up and see the milky way shining back at me.... And its hard pulling off the covers and stepping into the cold morning air... but there is nothing more satisfying then seeing the warm sunrise hit a snow covered mountain.  It is worth it, you just have to get out of bed!

Last weekend I managed to pull myself out of bed for another awesome adventure into the mountains.  I left our new apartment in Roseville, CA at about 3:30 AM and headed up towards Donner Lake.  I had a plan of photographing the milky way which I knew would be peaking directly over the lake.  I figured I could capture the reflection in the lake and then use the moon light to expose for the snow covered mountains.  Unfortunately, sometimes plans just don't work out! It turns out that the there are a lot of houses around Donner Lake and the light pollution was just too much for a good photo! Although I didn't capture a photo that I was happy with at Donner Lake, it was still awesome to see how bright the Milky Way was one you stepped away from the lake.

I then continued on to the main purpose of my trip. ...Bonsai Rock. Bonsai Rock must be one of the most photographer visited attractions of Lake Tahoe. This is for good reason, Bonsai Rock offers a beautiful landscape, and its easy to get to. If you are ever in the area, I recommend you check it out, just make sure you get there for sunrise!  Enjoy the photos, and subscribe below for more adventures!    

Nikon D750 ISO 100 f/8.0 1/320 sec.

Nikon D750 ISO 100 f/13 Bracketed exposure blended using luminosity masks 

Nikon D750 ISO 100 f/8 Bracketed exposure blended using luminosity masks 

Nikon D750 ISO 100 f/8 Bracketed exposure blended using luminosity masks