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Ancient Tower of the Ages by Indigo76 Ancient Tower of the Ages by Indigo76
During a trip to Mono Lake, CA
:iconseptsky: and I got together at 5am to snap some sunrise shots of Mono Lake at a place called "South Tufa Beach".
The lake is approx. 1 million years old and those towers of rock are called 'Tufa' and are made of Limestone.
No fish live in this lake because of how caustic the water is, but there is one life form that thrives there besides the bacteria.
Trillions of Brine Shrimp which feed millions of migrating birds.
there is a very unique eco system at work here.
If you wish to read the blog for more info on this lake, just visit the blog here:
Mono Lake, “An alien world 1 million years in the making”

This is 3 shot HDR with a star lapse composite for the sky.
Shot with my Canon 20D and a Canon 17-40mm f/4.0 Wideangle lens.

©2005-2010 Indigoverse Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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:iconblack-amber:
black-amber Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi! I've featured your deviation in my latest journal. Hope you don't mind, have a nice day! [link]
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Thank you so much Agnieszka! :glomp: :wave:
I don't mind at all love :blowkiss:
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Sagittor Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009   Photographer
Gorgeous , this is my favorite :jawdrop: :iconpresentsplz:
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
^^;
Thank you so much my friend! =D
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sonofsanford Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009
wow, great shot Indigo!!! I love the movement on the stars and the silhouette of the rocks in the background... great job!
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2009
Thank you so much Chad! =D
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PondDreamer Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful shot. :)
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Many Thank yous! =D
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PondDreamer Featured By Owner May 19, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
My pleasure. ;)
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LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner May 2, 2009   Photographer
Hi Indigo! :wave: This wonderful work of art has been featured in my Journal here [link] :hug:
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
OMG! so much love! =D
Thank you Leasha! :hug:
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LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner May 4, 2009   Photographer
Always a pleasure my friend! :smooch:
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:iconartisticallylearning:
I featured this here! [link] Wonderful work! :clap: :blowkiss:
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
You are tooo kind love! :glomp:
Thank you so much! :ahoy:
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artisticallylearning Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
You are very welcome dear! :hug: :D :glomp: :smooch:
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Lillyxandra Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
Pure Magic <3
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:iconindigo76:
Indigo76 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Thank you so much JoEllen! :aww:
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:iconryser915:
Ryser915 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
:omg: What a comeback Indi! Everything about this shot amazes me...it's perfect man...congrats!!
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Many Thank you's Ryan! :bow:
I felt that I needed to come back with something special ;P
I knew Mono Lake would be the trick! =D
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Ryser915 Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
my pleasure Indi!!!
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calimer00 Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
So beautiful - great shot!!
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thank you Calimero! :highfive: =D
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kangun Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
wonderfull shot, i love it
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thank you :bow: :ahoy:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Such rich color and awesome detail in this, Indigo! :wow: I love the star trails in it :love: The rocky details in the foreground are superb! :painter: Awesome capture! :+fav:
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Thank you very much John! :aww:
It was my first Star Trail attempt ;P
I really understand why you dig it so much now! :lol:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
You're welcome :)

Star trails can be addictive--be careful! :wow: I've found some new techniques since I started taking them. I haven't tried them yet, but I will soon. I see some folks taking a base image of say 3 minutes and then taking 60-70 additional 30 second exposures and stacking them rather than one super-long exposure and I've seen other folks taking a series of 2-3 minute exposures and stacking them. I've got a link for the image stacking software if you want it :iconthumbplz:
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Oh hell yes!...
That would save sooooo much time! =D
"Thanks John!" :ahoy:
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner May 7, 2009
Note sent to you my friend :handshake:
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Got it! :ahoy:
Thanks John!
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Corvidae65 Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
:thumbsup: You're welcome Indigo :ahoy:
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Eltasia Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
:wow: loveeeee it! wonderful work my friend! :heart:
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Eltasia! :wave:
Thank you so much my dear! :glomp:
It was such a great trip, I want to go back!
You and Saggitor must go there if you ever find your
way out here =D
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GeologyNut Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009   Photographer
Great shot! If you can tell, how did you get the sky to do that. How long did you have your camera on the bulb setting, or is that post work in the studio? Great work!
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Thanks Nathan! =D
It's actually both ;P
The exposure is from a 45 minute star lapse from the night before(it's posted on my blog)
I wanted to take it into this photo to see if I could make it look as close to real(or surreal)
as possible, and "viola!" it worked! =D
Just a simple masked composite with the screen filter on ;)

"Cheers!":ahoy:
~Indi
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GeologyNut Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009   Photographer
Awesome, I am assuming you use Photoshop for something like that, I have it but need to learn how to use it. I am more of an Illustrator man!
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
Oh man I love illustrator! =D
But yes, Photoshop does have some very powerful features
if you know how to manipulate them ;P
It's funny cause my Illustrator teacher would always hate photoshop,
he would call it "Photoslop"...:lmao:
It's just the whole Vector Vs. Rasterized thing.
I agree that vector is always better for resizing, but there are some things
that only photoshop can do ;)
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LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009   Photographer
So gorgeous!
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
You have to bring Brian down an join us when we go again! =D
It is simply awe inspiring! :ahoy:
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Beautiful photos to return with...Love the star trails and colours of this image a very magical place indeed :)
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Thank you so very much Donna! :hug:
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EoghanSandberg Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
WOW! I absolutely love it! (And oh am I envious of you, I've tried to take proper star trails now with my camera and it somehow never seems to work... How many minutes did you have to have the shutter open?)
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009
Thank you Eoghan! =D
I had to leave my shutter open for 45 minutes.
I also had the internal "noise reduction" on which
makes the processing time a nightmare, but worth it in the end ;P
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EoghanSandberg Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2009
You're welcome Indy!

45 minutes, okay, sounds good - I'll be going up at 4 tomorrow in order to try some shots myself, we'll have to wait and see if my attempts finally turn out to be successful :D
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2009
I look forward to seeing the results! =D
Also try to point your camera toward Polaris(North Star)
if you want a perfect circle of star trails! ;P
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EoghanSandberg Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
So much for being up early, there's a forest fire on the other side of the lake so the sky was covered with smoke :doh: But I got some decent dawn photos yesterday, so I'm happy about those :D
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
Cool Eoghan!...=D
Will you post those too?...:confused:
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EoghanSandberg Featured By Owner May 4, 2009
I did, but they're prolly lost somewhere in my recent DA flooding :D

Here's one of them at least :XD:

[link]
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Indigo76 Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Awesome!, I just commented on it too :ahoy:
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StamatisGR Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2009   Photographer
This picture is a GREAT comeback Indi!
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