Mammoth Lakes Scenic Vista

Yes, I admit. I am guilty. I am a travel junkie, and I am a photographer. And I love to see and photograph beautiful places around the world.

Every once in a while I see a place that is so beautiful that other photographers see it in a similar way. Usually, these shots are still so different that you can spot the differences. But today, I came across a blog post by fellow photographer Richard Wong from California. In 2009 he went all the way up to the Mammoth Lakes to shoot Twin Lakes from the Lake Mary Road. When I saw his photo, I remembered that beautiful spot very well, and I even remembered standing at the Lake Mary Road taking a surprisingly similar shot. That was in September 2003. (See more photos from that trip.)

I was infected now. I just had to open the archives and pull out the file to see how much the area has changed since 2003. After all – six years must have changed something, right?

Turns out the spot has remained more or less unchanged. Richard captured its beauty in 2009 as well as I did six years earlier. He probably used a tele (200 mm?) when I used something 85-ish or so (for the shot at the bottom I used a wider angle, probably a 35 mm). Clearly, he used his 5D mark II while I had to use my trusted Canon film camera and some Fuji slide film back then. Gosh, how I would love to go there again with the equipment I have today! Anyway, the images were so similar that I tried an overlay, and voilá – a perfect match / see below.

Richard and Mark – separated at birth? ;-)

Here is the respective Bing map of the place. Can you figure out where we stood when we captured the place?


Mammoth Lakes Scenic Vista, September 2003

Mark Zanzig


Mammoth Lakes Scenic Vista 2003 and 2009
Mark Zanzig and Richard Wong (Insert)


The same vista taken with a wide angle lens
Mark Zanzig

2 Responses to “Mammoth Lakes Scenic Vista”

  1. Richard Wong says:

    Hey Mark. Correct, I used a 70-200 probably at 200mm for this shot.

    Great shot btw.

  2. Dietmar says:

    Funny, even the tree in the front, leaning to the right is still there, 1:1. Time runs much slower in this area.