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April 23rd, 2006
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Snow clinic: Day 1 photos
Day 1 - Looking back
Snow camping pics!

I'll be posting these in batches along with each day's write-up. Below the fold is a selection of thumbnails/links of Day 1 photos from the snow camping photo gallery. (There are even more of them there, so make with the clicky.)

As a special bonus, included in this post is a panoramic view of Lake Tahoe from the ridge above our base camp. (The gallery has much larger versions if you're interested in downloading one as wallpaper or such.)

Day 1 - Snowshoeing in Day 1 - Snowshoeing in
Mountain Ned, right (with dog Snowball), explains the finer points of snowshoeing to Jo, L-Rod, John, and Krista.
Day 1 - Snowshoeing across Echo Lake Day 1 - Snowshoeing across Echo Lake
Destination: The hills in the center far distance.
Day 1 - Water resupply Day 1 - Water resupply
Krista fills water bottles from a hole cut through the deep snow and ice into Echo Lake by one of the area's rare winter residents.
Day 1 - Snowshoeing Day 1 - Snowshoeing
Up the hill near Tamarack Lake. It looked a lot smaller from the top.
Day 1 - A dark and stormy night Day 1 - A dark and stormy night
A real howler of a snowstorm drove us into our tents after ominous clouds prodded us to set up camp in early afternoon. It lasted all night, with vicious winds that set fabric a-flapping and kept us all from getting any sleep.

And the panorama! From left, Mt. Tallac, Cathedral Peak, Lake Tahoe, and the slopes of Angora Peak, as seen from eastern Keiths Dome. Stitched together by hand from three exposures, and it was a darn good job, if I do say so myself. (Click the thumbnail -- this tiny version does it no justice, but does save the page from horizontal scrolling death.)
Tahoe panorama - small Tahoe panorama - small

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Date:April 23rd, 2006 06:09 pm (UTC)
You stitched taht by hand? Wow! Color me impressed.
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Date:April 24th, 2006 05:28 am (UTC)
And at the risk of my ego exploding -- I also didn't use any in-camera color correction. Or a tripod.
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Date:April 23rd, 2006 10:36 pm (UTC)
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Date:April 23rd, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
Having been there, I heartily agree.
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Date:April 24th, 2006 03:52 am (UTC)
I second necama's kudos.

Also, the hand-stitched panorama just triggered an "oh, duh" effect in my brain and now I know why landscape shots never work out right on film: the aspect ratio is all wrong.

...Now I just have to figure out how to achieve the same effect with slide film. <G>
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Date:April 24th, 2006 09:41 pm (UTC)
You can do this if you have slight overlaps on your negatives. Then you line up the whole thing in the developement process when you transfer to paper. It's kind of a pain in the ass.
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