I met up with the Need family a few weeks ago to make some family portraits south of Mammoth Lakes.
Mountainous areas like the Eastern Sierra are tough for a portrait photographer in the winter. The good light we get in afternoon and evening disappears so quickly behind the tall peaks. You have to do some planning to get it right.
I’ve found the bottom of the Owens Valley to be a good solution. The “magic hour,” as photographers call it, turns out to be a little longer than that not-so-magical 15 minutes you get up in the high country, and the protruding snow-capped peaks in the distance are an awesome backdrop.
So it went with the Needs. We met up at the Green Church, just off Highway 395, and meandered along the Hot Tubs road stopping at several different spots.
We ended up in the hills just east of the Mammoth / Yosemite Airport and had a great sunset with most of a full moon over the White Mountains. We saw a lot of deer up there, and the views of Mammoth and the entire Owens Valley were tremendous.
The Needs were a great family to work with and their patience was much appreciated. Thanks guys.
That’s it for now. If you haven’t done it yet, check out our Thanksgiving landscape photo contest. All you need to do is check it out and make a comment on the photo. The winner, whom will be randomly chosen on Thursday, will win a 16X20 canvas print. If you haven’t seen it yet, it’s a sweet fall landscape shot by Josh.