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The first time I saw Lake Tahoe I was amazed in its unique natural beauty. The Lake itself is the largest alpine lake in North America. Its depth is 1,645 ft, making it the USA's second-deepest (the deepest is Crater Lake in Oregon, being 300 ft deeper). Situated in the Sierra Nevada mountains of the United States, at an elevation of 6,225 ft, Lake Tahoe is located along the border between California and Nevada.

I had just driven completely around Lake Tahoe. When I had started out, it was snowing on the other side. But by the time I reached this sunset spot, the snow had melted and the snow clouds were breaking up. I wanted to use a slow shutter speed to get the water to look silky and mysterious, but also wanted the breaking clouds ablaze in recently departed sun. The problem was the sky was too bright even with graduated filters to get the water to look the way I wanted. By photographing the sky detail first and then waiting over a hour to get low enough light for the slow shutter speed exposures, I was able to fuse these two time differences together to reveal the dynamic Tahoe harbour scene. I knew that most of the shots of this challenging lit vista were going to be too over exposed, while others way under. By covering a range of techniques, I knew that a few would turn out just right - giving me one of my favorite shots of Lake Tahoe, “Twilight Cove”

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