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On the last day of my trip, I started driving well before sunrise and planned to go to June Lake for the fall colors. Somehow I missed the exit to June Lake...I guess I was a bit distracted. The next exit was for Mono Lake. I took lots of Mono Lake pics on my last trip, so I wasn't planning on going back this time. But the sky that particular morning looked promising, so I said what the heck. I drove like crazy because right in front me was a spectacular sunrise in the making. I parked my car and ran as fast as I could, camera equipment in tow...there were other frantic photographers running ahead of me lugging their equipment -- cameras on extended tripods for quick setup. As I was running, I looked to my right and the sky had turned an astonishingly beautiful shade of red, and I still got a long way to go! Yikes! I ran as fast as I could, got to the tufas, and to my dismay, the place was CRAWLING with photographers! geeez... ..(continued in photo discussion)
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David L. Luchowski
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    Awesome color and clarity here,Francis. A beautiful image.

1/31/2006 9:28:31 PM

 
Joseph Chakkungal
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Wow! excellent photo... love this one...

1/31/2006 9:39:20 PM

 
Jeffrey S. LeBlanc
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Francis, looks like your effort was worth it! wonderful colors and compo. really enjoyed it!

Jeff

1/31/2006 10:01:18 PM

 
Cathy Stancil
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Yes, but did THEY get an image like this... This is stunning Francis, once again hats off to you ! I am so envious of your talent... WTG !

1/31/2006 10:09:40 PM

 
Jim Kinnunen
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Truly an awesome image, Francis!!!

1/31/2006 10:16:50 PM

 
Steven Gunnerson
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Beautiful capture Francis. Wonderful colors.

1/31/2006 10:34:39 PM

 
Cora Miller
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Looks like you made it in time but what'd you do with all those other photographers? There's not a one showing up anywhere. :) Man, you sure know how to maximize awesome light! This is spectacular!!! Glad to see you make another appearance, Francis! I miss seeing your inspirational images. :)

1/31/2006 11:55:36 PM

 
Pamela Shane
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Simply stunning Francis!!!! ~Pam~ :)

2/13/2006 2:13:32 PM

 
Tony Wilder
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fantastic image. Congrats

2/21/2006 8:31:06 AM

 
Cathy M. Gromball
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Congratulations on this wonderful finalist, Francis!

Cathy :)

2/21/2006 12:05:53 PM

 
Shirley Pearce
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Congrats Francis! It's great, but not as great as the story behind it!! Somehow, when I look at my images I regretfully know that no one appreciates them half as much as me because as the eye behind the camera I am the one with the first hand knowledge of the story behind the photo and most times it's the best!!!

2/21/2006 1:21:42 PM

 
Francis Cailles
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Thanks everyone.

Geez. I just realized my story behind the shot was cut short...here's the full text:

On the last day of my trip, I started driving well before sunrise and planned to go to June Lake for the fall colors. Somehow I missed the exit to June Lake...I guess I was a bit distracted. The next exit was for Mono Lake. I took lots of Mono Lake pics on my last trip, so I wasn't planning on going back this time. But the sky that particular morning looked promising, so I said what the heck. I drove like crazy because right in front me was a spectacular sunrise in the making. I parked my car and ran as fast as I could, camera equipment in tow...there were other frantic photographers running ahead of me lugging their equipment -- cameras on extended tripods for quick setup. As I was running, I looked to my right and the sky had turned an astonishingly beautiful shade of red, and I still got a long way to go! Yikes! I ran as fast as I could, got to the tufas ( http://www.monolake.org/naturalhistory/tufa.htm ) and to my dismay, the place was CRAWLING with photographers! geeez... every good spot was taken! So I went to the first available spot -- not the best spot, but at that point I'll take anything-- and shot frantically, hoping no photographer will show up in the frame. There were actually a couple of photographers behind the tufa on the right side of my image...they were kind enough to hide behind the tufas while I took a couple of shots...I kept shooting until my battery died....

2/21/2006 3:06:31 PM

 
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Fantastic image, Francis!! Congrats on the finals, and thanks for the story.

2/21/2006 6:42:37 PM

 
Paula Showen
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Contratulations on your finalist! FANTASTIC image!

2/21/2006 7:01:07 PM

 
Daniel G. Flocke
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Francis - Congratulations on being a Finalist!!! good luck in the next round!

~Daniel

2/21/2006 8:49:58 PM

 
Pat Gamwell
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Wonderful story....made me feel like I was there, running, out of breath, equipment dragging behind me! With all those other photographers trying to capture the moment, it sounds like sale day at Macy's!!! lol. CONGRATS on a well deserved image, Francis!

2/21/2006 9:35:01 PM

 
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Great light and color.

2/22/2006 2:48:45 AM

 
Kelly Andrews
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I have run for the sunrise or sunset countless times so I definitely know how it feels. It was so worth it here - what a magnificent image! Bravo!

2/22/2006 4:38:12 AM

 
Digvijay P

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Congratuations on your finalist !

..Jay

2/22/2006 11:21:12 AM

 
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Well, none of those photogs showed up in your wonderful picture, so you were lucky! Nicely done, beautiful colors.

2/22/2006 4:02:57 PM

 
Donna LaMattino Pagakis
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Great finalist, congratulations and best of luck!! Wow!!

2/22/2006 6:51:38 PM

 
Garth D. Beatty
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Very Nice!!

2/22/2006 7:21:33 PM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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Congratulations! Your determination paid off handsomely in this shot!

2/22/2006 7:22:17 PM

 
Susan L. Vasquez
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Amazing shot Francis..definately a winner :)

2/22/2006 8:13:31 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Congratulations on your Finalist for this oustanding capture. :)

2/23/2006 12:37:52 AM

 
Sue L. Cullumber
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Francis, Looks like the run was well worth it - fantastic photo and congrats!

2/23/2006 4:46:29 PM

 
Donna Dunbar
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I haven't been to Mono Lake since I was a little girl but this image makes me want to take another trip. THis was well worth what you went through to get the image it seems missing the turn off for June Lake (another gorgeous place) was a blessing in disguise.Beautiful image and congrats on being in the finalist it's well deserved!!!!!!!

2/24/2006 9:28:19 AM

 
Terry L. Ellis
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Stunning image and fantastic story, Francis! Congratulations on your finalist!

2/24/2006 9:35:45 AM

 
Mick Burkey
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Congrats on the win, Francis! Sometimes things just work out that way. So glad your image won!

2/25/2006 2:10:04 PM

 
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Surely worth the effort, Francis -- congratulations on your win!

2/25/2006 5:03:14 PM

 
Garth D. Beatty
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Congratulations!

2/25/2006 6:02:10 PM

 
Corinne M. Thompson
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Well deserved win...Congrats :)

2/25/2006 8:24:27 PM

 
Donna W. Neal
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Congratulations on this outstanding winner Francis

2/26/2006 6:22:30 AM

 
Joannie M. Bertucci
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Again, another one of your soul moving images Francis!
Congratulations on a very well deserved win!

2/26/2006 9:01:36 PM

 
Darrell Hetke
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I always check out sunrises and sunsets on this site but this one jumped out at me... Very quiet, but powerful photo Francis, congratulations on your win...

3/17/2006 10:10:27 PM

 
James E. Coleman
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Francis,
We are all glad you took the shot! Very pretty. May I ask where is this? I am in the midwest, excuse my ignorance.

Jim

3/18/2006 2:54:53 PM

 
Jill Odice
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Dear Francis, I just KNEW I saw a sunrise photo from you like this! How lucky for you, I was there for 3 days and we never got anything close to this! It was meant to be, June Lake is nothing this cool!

5/24/2006 11:57:33 PM

 
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