I was in the Mono Lake area to visit Bodie State Historical Park and shoot there, but I had an extra day to visit the area around Lee Vining and Mono Lake.
Being a photographer, I had to get up and shoot the sunrise over the lake and the tufas. I was fortunate to awake to high clouds and cool temperatures. The lake was empty of other people and/or photographers, so I had the are to myself for a long time. I was rewarded for my getting out of bed early with a beautiful golden sky.
I wanted to get the texture of the clouds along with the sense of the shapes and the sharpness of the tufas, so I intentionally exposed for the sky and silhouetted the tufas.