Sunset, Trona Pinnacles, CA, USA

Sunset, Trona Pinnacles, CA, USA

Claudia and I just got back from a short road trip to the eastern Sierra and Trona Pinnacles. We ended up at Trona for the lunar eclipse on Sunday evening, as the forecasts indicated that would be one of the few places west of the Rockies with clear skies.

Luckily the forecasts turned out to be right, and I was able to capture an eclipse sequence, which I’ll post when I finish putting it together. In the meantime, here’s a photograph I made at sunset that evening as the skies started to clear.

In winter, when Tioga Pass is closed, it’s a long drive from our house in Mariposa to the eastern Sierra. So while we were in the neighborhood, chasing the eclipse, we visited the Alabama Hills and Mono Lake. I’ll post some of those images soon as well.

— Michael Frye

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Michael Frye is a professional photographer specializing in landscapes and nature. He is the author or principal photographer of The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite, Yosemite Meditations, Yosemite Meditations for Women, Yosemite Meditations for Adventurers, and Digital Landscape Photography: In the Footsteps of Ansel Adams and the Great Masters. He has also written three eBooks: Light & Land: Landscapes in the Digital Darkroom, Exposure for Outdoor Photography, and Landscapes in Lightroom: The Essential Step-by-Step Guide. Michael has written numerous magazine articles on the art and technique of photography, and his images have been published in over thirty countries around the world. Michael has lived either in or near Yosemite National Park since 1983, currently residing just outside the park in Mariposa, California.