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Precipice Lake

Postby danmitch » Tue Nov 18, 2008 8:55 pm

On a trans-Sierra pack trip this summer (west to east on the High Sierra Trail) I had the good fortune to revisit Precipice Lake in good photography conditions. This lake is on the HST high above Hamilton Lake, not too far before the crossing of Kaweah Gap, and the location is one you might recognize from a famous 1932 Ansel Adams photograph. You might also recognize it if you have seen Vern Clevenger's fine image from this lake.

In any case, when I arrived (in early August) we had broken clouds that were alternating illuminating parts of the lake and then providing some more subdued lighting. The first shots I tried were from more or less what I think of as "Ansel's spot" on rocks along the shoreline where the ascending trail first comes up to the lake.

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I spent a fair amount of time carefully photographing this scene from this position, using tripod, remote release and all the usual stuff. Finally, it was time to move on. I loaded up the camera and equipment, packed the tripod away, shouldered my pack and headed perhaps 150 feet up the switchbacks above the lake...

... and then looked back to see beautiful light coming over the top of the cliffs above the lake and illuminating the underwater boulders that are found at the base of a talus slope along the lake shore. For a moment I almost didn't bother to shoot - believe it or not, I didn't want to go to the trouble of unpacking everything so soon. But my better instincts won out and I quickly unloaded and managed to get a few shots off before the light changed.

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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby maverick » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:11 pm

Thanks for the tease Dan, but where are the pic's?
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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby Snow Nymph » Wed Nov 19, 2008 3:15 pm

*no_pics*
I can't see pics either, only "?" Looking forward to seeing them!
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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby copeg » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:18 pm

Nice post Dan...and nice pics as well.
I'm guessing you have hotlinking disabled on your server, which is why we can't see the pics unless we right click the ? marks or red x's and open the image in a new window which is what I did to see them (with many server configurations, you can enable hotlinking on a site by site basis if you wish).
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Re: Precipice Lake - Can You See Them Now?

Postby danmitch » Wed Nov 19, 2008 5:34 pm

Ah, sorry! You are correct that I have hotlinking disabled on my server, and this site was not in my exception list - it is now.

Unfortunately I now see that the full image doesn't fit in the rather narrow columns of this forum. Hmmm... For now I've placed thumbnails below with links underneath:

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Not certain how to make the thumbnails clickable within this forum interface.

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EDIT: I fixed it for you, Dan. Click the edit button to see the source code. ~ ERIC
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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby Hikin Mike » Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:42 am

"More Better"! Nice to see you here Dan and nice photos as usual! :D
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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Nov 20, 2008 3:52 pm

Right click works for me! NICE!
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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby maverick » Thu Nov 20, 2008 7:38 pm

Thanks Dan, nice pic's. Did I see the first one over on FM?
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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby danmitch » Fri Nov 21, 2008 4:18 pm

maverick wrote:Thanks Dan, nice pic's. Did I see the first one over on FM?


Hi:

Yes, I think I did post that one there. I don't post many photos at FM, but I think that the Precipice Lake image was one of the handful I've shared there in the past few months.

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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby The Other Tom » Fri Nov 21, 2008 6:39 pm

Very nice. Especially the alpinglow on the lake. Thanks for posting
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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby Baffman » Thu Nov 27, 2008 11:26 am

I took a couple shots of Precipice Lake last August. I have no skills!! It was a gorgeous gem.
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Re: Precipice Lake

Postby danmitch » Thu Jan 01, 2009 11:28 am

Just read the HST "terms" today. Just for the record, let me reiterate that my photographs are not in the public domain. All of my photographs are © Copyright G Dan Mitchell - all rights reserved.

(Essentially, I agree to provide HST a free non-commercial limited license to reproduce the photographs I posted in this thread only in this thread and no where else. No other use is permitted or implied by way of my posting here. :-)

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