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Salton Sea – Warm Shadows – heath ofee dot com

As soon as I started shooting around the Salton Sea in southern California, I knew I wanted to turn the images into some sort of series. The problem was, I had some difficulty figuring out exactly how I wanted to present the images. HDR? Black and white? I couldn’t seem to decide, and it was a bit frustrating. After a bit of playing around in PhotoTools last night, I think I found my recipe; a warm, vintage look on a single exposure really captures the mood of the place.

This is the first of the series, and it was taken near the northeast corner of the Salton Sea outside a visitors centre. I’m not exactly sure what this T-post is for, but the hard light creating the strong shadow makes for an interesting composition. Because I was shooting with a wide angle lens, I had the choice of keeping the horizon straight or the bar vertical…I chose the bar 🙂

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 13mm, F 16, ISO 100, 1/125 sec

14 thoughts on “Salton Sea – Warm Shadows

  1. Uncanny shot. Mike, et al have accurately expressed the flaws in the shooting conditions and lackluster subject matter, but your keen eye and skillful processing turn an otherwise ‘ho-hum’ photo into a poetic expression. Well done, Heath!

  2. Hi

    Well done on the composition and post processing.

    Salton Sea anytime when not during Golden Hours is such a hard place to shoot. The redeeming factor there is the wealth of decay (aside from the thousands of fish bones on the beach) of old structures from its Glory days! Must go back sometime soon before it heats up again!

    Cheers, Erik

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