Reader Photo: Fall storm over Lake Sabrina

On a daylong road trip to photograph fall foliage, Matt McKown got a sampling of winter instead.

Driving with friends through mountain roads on Saturday, the temperature dropped to 32 degrees and dark clouds carrying sleet and snow rolled over Lake Sabrina, near Bishop.

“We knew it was going to be chilly, but none of us had our winter gear,” McKown, of Santa Monica, said. “So it definitely wasn’t pleasant weather, but it made for a good shot.”

McKown used a long exposure to capture the smoothness of the lake and the movement of the clouds. The black-and-white edit helped bring out the moodiness of the scene: the new snow on the mountains, the heavy clouds.


Despite the weather, the trip was a fun way to explore an area outside of the Los Angeles bubble, McKown said. He used Fujifilm X100s to make the images. 

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