Salton Sea – Leaning

I’m not entirely sure what this old, rusted barrel would have been used for back in the day, so if you have any ideas, feel free to let me know. This structure is one of the only things still standing on the waterfront at Bombay Beach. Most of the other old houses and trailers have completely caved in and decayed over the years…I should have a couple shots of those coming in the near future.

The one thing that made it difficult to shoot at this location was the nasty ground conditions. From the photo below, it may appear as though the ground is just a firm, salty crust, but what you don’t see is the one or two inches of soft mud that lies just below the surface. The day I went to Bombay Beach, I did not have the appropriate footwear for tramping around in the mud, so I was unable to get some of the shots I would have liked. I’ll be making my way back there better prepared on my next trip to California.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 11mm, F 16, ISO 100, 1/50 sec

Scott Frederick - March 2, 2011 - 7:04 am

Heath, awesome composition. I love the tones you pull out in your images!

Scott - March 2, 2011 - 7:07 am

Love the gold tone!

Tom Baker - March 2, 2011 - 7:16 am

Yeah – what they said, plus the diagnol just pulls your eyes in.

Chris Nitz - March 2, 2011 - 7:21 am

Very nice shot Heath. Love the tones and the lesson learned as well.

Jim Denham - March 2, 2011 - 7:28 am

Well done Heath!

James Howe - March 2, 2011 - 7:30 am

Another great image in this series.

Steve Beal - March 2, 2011 - 7:59 am

You got some amazing texture/tones in the sand, great image Heath! Really enjoying this series!

Scott Ackerman - March 2, 2011 - 8:01 am

Sweet shot and processing. Really love the long shadows of this one! Easily my favorite of the series so far.

Jesse Pafundi - March 2, 2011 - 8:08 am

I think my favorite part of this image is the disappearing mountains in the back. The light is pretty nice too

Mike Olbinski - March 2, 2011 - 8:11 am

Awesome shot as always with this series. I think it’s probably some kind of water container, not sure if it’s for drinking, hot water, or whatever.

Tobias George - March 2, 2011 - 8:13 am

Great capture! Love the lines from the power poles leading to the mountains.

Justin - March 2, 2011 - 8:36 am

That is such a great shot! Love the vibe of it.

Brian Matiash - March 2, 2011 - 9:48 am

This series is turning into a monster, Heath. I’m loving every new addition to it. Way to wrangle in a unique look to it.

Rick Young - March 2, 2011 - 9:58 am

Awesome place and capture Heath

Scott Wood - March 2, 2011 - 10:35 am

I have been enjoying your entire Salton Sea series, it is a place I have long wanted to visit. As for the barrel in this image, where I grew up something like this would have been used to store some sort of fuel. It would be filled from a truck and then gravity would feed whatever was being fueled.