Here you can see the progression of my lighting technique from 2010-2016. Keep improving and keep striving to improve your technique. Many photographers won't show their earlier work, but I'm not ashamed. Photography takes practice and effort.
This stunning Eastern Sierras rise above the foreground rocks near Lone Pine off the 395 on the way to Mammoth Mountain. Although this looks like snow, that is actually the color of the rock. Canon 7D Mk II, Tamron 150-600 mm @150 mm, 1/160 at f/6.3.
This bike trail on the back side of Mammoth has outstanding views. You can get to it by taking the tram to the top of Mammoth Mountain in the summer. A word of caution though, the gravel is very loose, don't take your eyes off the trail to take in the scenery unless you are stopped. Don't ask me how I know that. ;-)
After a long hot hike, the chilly water of Rainbow Falls (Ansel Adams Wilderness Area near Mammoth) was a welcom relief. There was a surprising amount of water coming down the falls despite California's severe drought.
California, Oregon and Washington have had a brutal drought and nasty fire season in 2015. Returning from Mammoth, driving south along the 395, the smoke from a fire over 100 miles away came over the top of the mountains at sunset.