Salton Sea – Man, That’s Cheap

Okay, so my mind went straight to the gutter when I saw this sign for an RV park. I guess I’m still a teenager at heart 😉

Despite the desolate feel of the area, the Salton Sea still seems to be a relatively popular destination for RV travellers. There were at least 5 or 6 camped out at this particular park, and I saw even more at some other locations along the western shore. Aside from the apparently amazing bird watching, I’m not sure what else one would do while camping out along the Salton Sea. From the few beaches I visited, I’d say swimming is an absolute no-no due to the obscene amount of dead and rotting fish that line the shore and shallows, and despite the warm weather I experienced, I don’t think boating is popular this time of year. Not a place I’d want to camp, but to each their own.

A quick processing note: The three photos that make up this series thus far are all single exposures edited in onOne’s PhotoTools. I stacked about 6 effects to create the warm, vintage look for this series, and then saved the filter stack as a preset…an awesome feature in PhotoTools. This way, for each new image, I can just run my saved preset and cut out a whole lot of editing time. From there, I perform some minor edits back in Lightroom.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 14mm, F 11, ISO 100, 1/250 sec

Mike Olbinski - January 27, 2011 - 7:23 am

Hook me up bro!

Tanya - January 27, 2011 - 7:29 am

Haha, my mind went there as well. Great photo, I’m digging this vintage feeling series.

Brian Matiash - January 27, 2011 - 7:40 am

I’m really enjoying this series, Heath. I dig that you filled most of the frame with this cool sign – interesting shape.

Scott - January 27, 2011 - 7:41 am

Such a clean processing! Hook me up!

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Jesse Pafundi - January 27, 2011 - 8:00 am

I sound like a broken record but this series is awesome. Your treatment of the available light is amazing. An awesome comp and even better sign!

Chris Kenison - January 27, 2011 - 10:02 am

Great composition, Heath! I’m loving the preset you made for these!

Sergio Valverde - January 27, 2011 - 1:15 pm

Really cool pic, I love the warm tones and the textures on the wood !

Toad Hollow Photography - January 27, 2011 - 3:31 pm

We’re on our way, I can only hope and pray that there will be an empty spot for us to use when we arrive! Great capture Heath, I totally love this picture.

John Tammaro - January 27, 2011 - 5:51 pm

I watched the documentary on this place and I commend you for even visiting this place. Though there are plans to restore it is still considered one of the worst ecological disasters in America

Bob Lussier - January 27, 2011 - 7:00 pm

Love this. Love the warm tones and the series.

Scott Frederick - January 27, 2011 - 8:24 pm

This is a really great shot Heath, well done!