Color spotter Dotty Molt scores a rare First Report by taking the trail to Marlette Lake near Lake Tahoe.
She writes, “People seem to forget that we have fall color around Lake Tahoe.
“Marlette Lake can only be reached by hiking or mountain biking back 4.5 miles from Spooner Lake.
“It’s a moderate uphill, but a quick downhill, especially on a bike.
“Aspen line the trail all the way back to the Lake, and Marlette has beautiful stands of Aspen on the Southwestern shoreline.
“Beautiful colors are seen around 9 a.m. when the sun peeks over the ridge, illuminating the Aspen from behind.”
Dotty makes an important point… Consider the orientation of the fall color on the landscape in relationship to light.
That is: will it be best viewed in morning or afternoon? Will it be backlit or front lit? How have you set your camera for depth of field, motion or sharpness? Is there something to make the image extraordinary, such as a compositional element that would enhance the image (Dotty’s awareness of the sun star and mirror effect)? Finally, what post production work may be necessary to duplicate what you are seeing and feeling?
Peak GO NOW! – Marlette Lake