Salton Sea – Decay

Since I still have quite a few shots from Southern California to share, I thought I’d return to my vintage ‘Salton Sea’ series this week. I really enjoy going through these images, and I’m excited to share another 4 or 5 of them with you.

Now, I apologize in advance if anyone is grossed out by the image below, but this is a common scene on the shores of the Salton Sea. As the salinity in the lake has risen over the years, a number of species of fish have started to die off. The result is what you see below…shorelines absolutely littered with dead and decaying fish. It’s really quite sad.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 17mm, F 11, ISO 100, 1/160 sec

Adam Olson - February 28, 2011 - 7:18 am

Wow! That’s horrible, all of those fish…Great image depicting the decay!

Tom Baker - February 28, 2011 - 7:20 am

Great capture Heath. Agree the fish are kind of horrible, but they make the shot.

Jonas - February 28, 2011 - 7:29 am

great shot, i love the tones. but the fish is really creepy. smells like hell or?

Scott Ackerman - February 28, 2011 - 7:35 am

Agreed, great tone! Good capture. Didn’t even notice the fish at first, the posts and horizon caught my eye initially.

Brian Matiash - February 28, 2011 - 7:41 am

Love it – I am digging the shared style of this series that you’re posting. This shot, in particular, reminds me of a shot I recently took on Staten Island as part of my hi-key Black & White series.

Really well done, man.

Mike Olbinski - February 28, 2011 - 7:44 am

Wow…brutal reality. Fantastic image.

Jesse Pafundi - February 28, 2011 - 7:53 am

Salton Sea is back! Sometimes the images that show the sad reality of the world are the most powerful. This is no exception.

Chris Jones - February 28, 2011 - 8:06 am

Wow very cool shot.

Toad Hollow Photography - February 28, 2011 - 10:09 am

Wow, that’s really something else. I feel it’s really important to capture these events as they occur, great documentation here Heath. Love this image, albeit a touch on the creepy side, but I totally get it my friend. Great work.

Chris Lazzery - February 28, 2011 - 10:14 am

Nice shot. Really liking the comp.

Wayne Frost - February 28, 2011 - 10:34 am

Your image is what I always see when ever I think of the Salton Sea, Heath. A variation of it has been burned in to my memory since first visiting the area fifty odd years ago.

Chris Kenison - February 28, 2011 - 10:55 am

Great shot, Heath! Loving the mood you’ve set.

Heather - February 28, 2011 - 11:00 am

This picture is cool! I think the location would actually make a cool horror movie location. And the fish should be zombie fish in said horror movie.

Mark Blundell - February 28, 2011 - 2:37 pm

yup – that’s a pretty sad image, but that’s just how things are I suppose. You’ve toned it very well – really like the muted yellow / sandy colour throughout.

murphyz - February 28, 2011 - 3:57 pm

Aw man…I was checking out the image in detail before reading the post; what I first thought were pebbles turned out to be fish – that was a bit of a shock! Now I see them floating in the water too…that is pretty sad (and a little creepy). Nice capture.