Smoke from the Rim Fire in the Eastern Sierra, August 22



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The photo was taken on Thursday, August 22, just north of the intersection of U.S. 395 and Sonora Pass Road while my partner and I were driving south from Lake Tahoe to Mammoth Lakes. It was very smokey in Tahoe but still sunny over 395 -- smoke from the Rim Fire was mostly blowing north but very visible in the east. 

We had seen the smoke cloud before entering Walker Canyon and this is what it looked like after emerging from the canyon. We pulled over and I whipped out the camera while the sun was still peaking through the clouds. 

I didn't push the processing much on this photo -- it really did look cray-cray out with the orange and purplish light reflecting on the Little Walker River.

The photo was taken with my Nikon D5100 and Nikon DX 10-24 wide angle lens. It was processed in Lightroom using VSCO slide film presets

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Related post: smoke from the Windy Peak fire over 395

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