Shasta Dam

Day One Hundred and Thirty Eight. And, Day 4 of the second annual Northern California road trip with my dear old dad. First and foremost, I am extremely glad the D800 is weather proof! Secondly, every time a [long string of adjectives very clearly showing how little I like this] person tells me I can't take my tripod on the tour, I am forced to repress the nearly irresistible urge to beat them with it. But, tell me that I can bring neither my tripod, nor camera bag, and you are truly taking your life into your own hands. Subject my equipment to whatever sort of security check you like - I understand the danger a large explosive would present to a dam, but for [CENSORED]-sake, it's a camera bag. My lenses couldn't possibly pose less of a threat to the safe operation of a dam and its several hundred foot thick concrete! Ok, I'm done ranting. Sorry, just had to get that out. Rage face aside, the gloomy weather provided for some really awesome skies. Unfortunately though, I was unable to keep the front element of the lens dry for more than a fraction of a second, so many of the exposures have obvious rain drops in them. For this I apologize, but the spot removal in neither Lightroom nor Photoshop are sophisticated enough to remove spots that large. For as much as the weather did provide some awesome mood to the images, it did prevent me from getting what is considered the classic shot of the area. It's called "The Three Shastas". It's a shot containing the Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, and the peak of Mt. Shasta. I stand unconvinced that Mt. Shasta actually exists (photographic proof on the internet not withstanding), as the fog was so thick, we couldn't even see the other side of the lake. Oh well ... guess we'll just have to go back :)

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