The fall season in the Sierra mountains (along HWY 395) starts early in the October to early November. I was monitoring the Mono County website www.monocounty.org for fall color updates and decided to go during the tail end of October.
This is my second year photographing fall colors along HWY 395 and since it was a last minute plan I decided to do a solo trip. I had a few places in my mind from my earlier visit in 2017 (Day 01 and Day 02) with a friend of mine and decided to stick to those same spots.
During my last fall trip, We had picked a lot of places along HWY 395 from Mammoth to Bridgeport and was rushing between places to cover as much area as possible. I didn’t really get to explore the area that much but I still ended up with a few keepers.
Looking back at the images that I took during my earlier trips I had few compositions in mind and I wanted to give it a try this time around. So I sorted down the list of places that I want to visit first on this trip.
My plan was to visit Twin-lakes near Bridgeport, Lundy Lakes Campground, Conway Summit and had June Lake Loop, Lower Rock Creek Road, Convict Lake and few more places as a fallback.
I decided to visit only a few places this time around. This way, I could spend more time at places where I felt that the scene had more potential. That way I will be able to compose the shots that I had in mind. I was able to spend more time studying the scene for good composition before I even pulled my camera out to take a picture.
A few passers-by that I met, mentioned that areas near June Lake and Convict Lake were way past the peak fall colors and leaves were turning brown. This helped in eliminating those places from the list, so I decided not to go there.
I am glad that I cut short the number of places and sticking to few which gave me ample time to truly enjoy the scenery and explore them and take good pictures.
More images from this trip…