Yesterday the sky was filled with interesting clouds. I had just finished shooting a baby shower and wanted to shoot for myself. Jen was up for the 40 minute drive to the Salton Sea, with the hope that we’d get a phenomenal sunset. Driving in to the Salton Sea Recreational Park we were surprised to find we were the only people there except for two fisherman on the opposite side of the inlet, where we ended up parking. No people. Very few birds. And….a ever growing dense cloud cover that would prevent any kind of sunset color. Oh, it was 100 degrees, humid like sticky and wet even standing still. But we stayed. And we even stayed when we got out of the car only to be attacked by flies that covered all the moist parts of our bodies (which was everywhere). Swatting the flies didn’t work. We stayed, occasionally forgetting the irritating, sometime biting, flies by throwing myself into trying to find something of interest to shoot.
As evidenced by some of these photos I shot, photographs were there for the making.
The best photos came long after the sun set….when it looked dark and drab. But if the exposure is long enough, there is always light. And there was.
I just got back this afternoon from a Salton Sea Workshop lead by Keith Skelton. I shot Thursday through Sunday and had a great time with the other photographers and also got some nice photos…..this is always a good thing!
I edited about 29 photos from today’s shoot and posted them all on my Smugmug Portfolio site. If you are interested in taking a peek, here is the link: http://gottago.smugmug.com/Classes-Workshops/20141205-Salton-Sea-Keith-Skelto/
Here is a teaser……
Arrived at the Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge at 5:40am and we 11 photographers all quietly waited for the action.
Geothermal plants everywhere make for nice dark photography shots.
Lots of birds, no light!!! Boo hoo.
Kept look back Northeast at this geothermal plant. So wanted this photo to have more contrast. Impossible.
OOOh, did we get muddy walking around this morning. And driving is a little iffy on some of the dirt roads.
Checked out a road in the Sony Bono Rec Area and found these guys. Too much mud to go further down the road. The hunters are camped here too.
Leaving to go to have breakfast I couldn’t stop shooting away. Poor JJ. He was very hungry, but most patient with my obsessive photo taking.
We really got skunked this morning on good light so trying to make a photograph without light is pretty difficult. Hence the enhancement border:-)
I rented a wide angle lens….14 mm L series Canon and haven’t pulled it out to use it yet. This was taken from inside the car with my 16-35 mm L lens. I intend to use the wide angle lens low and close tomorrow!
Jen, way too long ago, at the Salton Sea.
Here is our Salton Sea Workshop Group photo. Group photo taken by our workshop leader, Keith Skelton. Here is the link to Keith’s website: http://www.keithskelton.com/.
Below is my favorite photo from our workshop weekend 12/6/13. To see lots more of the photos I shot, click here.
Erika, Jen and I spent late afternoon and evening at the Salton Sea last week. What a joy. And what a great opportunity it was for me as Erika knows so much more than I about flash. This was a first shooting with a skilled photographer. I loved it. I keep saying I need to join a camera club and not be so solo learning photography. Anyone local reading this, let me know if you want to go shooting sometime, ok?
Erika taught Jen and me a lot.
Erika took this photo of me.
Erika knew this background would be great.
The shoreline is covered with dead Talapia.
Before we headed out to light write an old Gas Station (I posted this picture a few days ago.), I took a couple of shots out over the Salton Sea.
Jen on our 5:30pm hike today. Training for next week’s backpack is slow going these days for me.
Erika and Jen at the Salton Sea.
Two nights ago at the Salton Sea with Erika and Jen. Had a blast night light painting.
Last night we ended up shooting moonlit windmills.
Roger drove up to our park cars while in the desert photographing the moonlit windmills. Thought we were in big trouble until we found out Roger shoots weddings and owns lots of camera gear. We had fun hanging with him for a while.
Went back one more time to the Salton Sea with Jen, my sister Leila and brother-in-law Dennis. We got lucky with one of those very unique opportunities where the clouds and the light make magic.
Jen’s shot of me. We set up one Speedlite 580EX II, using a 1/2 cut orange gel.
Light color change from this perspective.
After this sunset shot the color changed and I began liking the rest of the dark sky lighting.
Pointing my camera straight up after Jen noticed the ring around the moon. Eerie, especially on the day everyone’s talking about the world coming to an end:-)
Me and my shadow.
Obedience bird stands still for a 14 second exposure!
My favorite of the night.