Opening Day, Tioga Pass & area.

Discussion in 'Nature' started by tanngrisnir3, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Sigh. I came home Sunday from a 3 day weekend up near Mammoth/Lee Vining, CA, for the opening of the Tioga Pass, and did something in LightRoom that not only killed all my folders, meaning all 4000 or so of my pics are now in one folder, taking a bit to open, but converted EVERY PIC I TOOK over the weekend to .jpeg, so I can never work on them in RAW format. VERY pissed off about that.

    The gate opened at 0800 hours, Sat morning. We were there at 0515, and there were people freakin' camped out there, so we decided to go shoot Ellery and Tioga Lakes, then get coffee/bfast at Nicely's in Lee Vining, then go back up. We got back about 0850 or so, and the ranger said we were the 57th car in. Lots of snow, and Tuolumne Meadows, though snow free, was a millions shades of drab brown, not worth shooting, and mosquito hell.

    When we left, at roughly 1100 hours, there were at least 150 cars lined up, waiting to get in. The sunset that night was effing amazing, but we spent it east of Mammoth, on the road to Hot Creek.

    These aren't the best of what I shot, but they're the best I can get, having to process .jpeg through Photoscape.

    Three views of Ellery Lake, 0538 hours, sunrise.




    The road to Hot Creek


    Shots of the eastern escarpment at Hot Creek, looking west and north, no color changes on my part whatsoever. The colors actually looked just like they look here.

    Hot Creek



    Looking NW, same shot, different zoom, but the light changed.



    Finally, Mt. Morrison, which could easily be Mount Doom, due to it's extreme rock walls/faces, experimenting with higher ISO than I usually use w/the Panny LX5, It's 320, where I am almost always at 80.

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  2. akulya

    akulya Veteran

    Mar 1, 2011
    Great series, you've got some truly wonderful scenes there!

    RE: Lightroom, yeah I have a love/hate realationship with it too - due to it's folder handling quirks I once almost lost EVERYTHING I had imported into it (c. 10,000 pics, ish.) I had a backup of pretty much everything, but properly lost a few pics that I still miss. My fault for not having a fully-up-to-date backup, exacerbated by adobe for making the file handling un-necessarily difficult.
    Now I archive all my RAW onto a seperate HDD, where it sits safely - as well as making a copy into my "Working Archive" where the Lightoom catalogue finds it. Thank Science for cheap storage.
  3. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Wow - what fantastic colors, and don't worry I believe you about their reality! The moon over the mountains pictures are beautiful as well. (I am sorry for you about whatever it was that happened with your LR catalogue - sounds very weird and terrible, too.)

    That's a heck of a lot of people waiting to get in - 150 cars?!
  4. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Well, easily over 100. They backed up from the Ranger booth to almost Tioga Lake, if you know the area. That's a looooooong way back, and I felt badly for all the folks idling with gigantic 5th wheels, trailers, etc...

    Here's a shot from the overlook over Tioga lake just at dawn, to give an idea of just how much ice/snow is left this season. A LOT. That's not a river in the shot, it's the north side of the lake.


    And one more, of Mt. Morrison (left) and Mt. Laurel (right) just because I'm really, really pleasantly surprised by the detail that a relatively smaller sensor can get, in dark conditions, at (relatively) higher ISO. No color manipulation at all.


    And to give an idea of what a high end camera (and photographer) can do with exactly the same shots, here's one my g/f took w/her 5D, same place and same time as I did, of hot creek.

    Eastern Sierra Sunset above Hot Creek | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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  5. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    I'm just extremely grateful, since I don't know what happened, that it left all of my prior photos in their RW2 form.

    It's just going to take FOREVER to go through them and recreate folders/subfolders. Sometimes I hate LR almost as much as I hate iTunes, and I hate iTunes.
  6. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Your girlfriend Robin has some super images...just from my quick look right now.:2thumbs:
  7. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Thanks, she's an aspiring semi-pro, looking to go fully pro.
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  8. Great series of shots, bummer about the files.

    A bunch of my music was recently corrupted, so glad I had recently backed it all up.
  9. Pelao

    Pelao All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    LR uses a very standard folder structure: main folder, and whatever level of sub-folder you require. LR also backs up it's Library, or will do if you set it to do so.

    You do not, in fact, have to re-create all your folders. All LR has to do is 'find' the photos that are now 'missing'. When you open LR, and go to a specific shoot, it will indicate that it cannot find the photograph. There is an option to have it look for the photograph - select that, and then point to the folder where the image now resides.

    This does not change the way you have grouped photos in LR - it just changes where LR finds that photo. For the user, it makes no difference.

    A couple of relevant links
    Photoshop Lightroom

    Catalog FAQ | Lightroom
  10. tanngrisnir3

    tanngrisnir3 Regular

    Nov 11, 2010
    Thanks! I'll try it out tonight.