Mono Lake is a pretty famous location, and this scene has been photographed extensively. But I still wanted to capture it at least once just to enjoy and experience this majestic place. I ended up returning a few times. On this particular night, I drove out to the lake around 10pm or so and ended up staying until nearly 2am.
Because of the famous nature of the lake and these limestone tufa formations, there were several photographers out there photographing in the dark on the shore of the lake. So I got caught up in conversation with a fellow landscape photographer late into the early hours of the morning as the moon rose over the landscape. The moon made capturing the stars difficult, but it also had the interesting effect of lighting the entire landscape like a sort of midnight sun, bathing it in a cool bluish light that brought out another side of the scene that you wouldn't see by the light of the sun. We both had a blast and it made for a memorable night under the moon and stars on the shore of this incredible lake, so I think it was worth doing.
"I shiver, thinking how easy it is to be totally wrong about people - to see one tiny part of them and confuse it for the whole, to see the cause and think it's the effect or vice versa."
– Lauren Oliver