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    Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    I'm about to make my first trip to Bodie and Mono Lake ... any suggestions for films, EIs, development preferences.etc. for the high altitude/high contrast shooting?

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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    No suggestions except for have a great time -- and watch out for the mosiquitos in Lee Vining Canyon! (I was just there a few days ago).

    Vaughn

    PS...if you come across some good high-contrast situations, make some extra negs and give them lots of development for possible carbon prints!

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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    Try to have a bite at the Whoa Nellie Deli in Lee Vining (it's the gas station with a circus trapeze out front.) If you have plenty of deet on hand there are some nice campgrounds in Lee Vining Canyon, also Saddlebag Lake and Trumbull Lake have great campgrounds.

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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    Jim,

    Sounds like a great trip coming up... I'm envious!

    During a workshop with Per Volquartz, he recommended pre-flashing the film in those high-contrast situations. Just an idea...

    Here's a beautiful image of Mono Lake taken by Per:

    http://www.pervolquartz.com/monlakewint.html

    Good luck and have fun.

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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    drink lots of water!
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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    Hi, I suggest early morning for Mono Lake. Before the winds pick up you can get nice reflections, but not after it gets choppy.

    Jon
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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    Take more film than you think you need, (you'll use it all!)
    Have dinner at virginia creek settlement, (on 395 just north of the road to Bodie) the pizza or lasagna is terrific! (especially after a day of photographing)
    Shoot lots.
    Have fun!
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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    I've been both places, Mono Lake more than once, shot a variety of ISO 100 Ektachromes and RDP-III all rated at ISO 100 with no problems. Reflections are nice, lack of them doesn't prevent taking pleasing pictures. Neither does a horrible dull grey day as I encountered at Mono Lake last September.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Dan

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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    Look at the web site for dates. Bodie closes at odd times and if you can catch the park on a day when the friends of Bodie are there or have one of their "friends" days you can get in earlier and stay later IIRC for some nice shots as the sun sets.

    High altitude as well, so be prepared to breath a lot.

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    Re: Bodie and Mono Lake - first trip

    The polarizing filter is your friend.

    The sky will be much more blue than you're used to in Sac.

    Over expose and under develop. I like FP-4 or HP-5 in home brew D-23 YMMV.

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