Salton Sea – The End

Okay, last one of the series…from this trip anyway. And what better way to finish a series about a huge inland saltwater lake than with a shot of the shoreline and lake stretching to the horizon at sunset. This shot also more clearly depicts an interesting duality that exists in the Salton Sea: while fish are dying by the thousands, bird life is absolutely flourishing in this area. Apparently, the Salton Sea is right on a major migration route, and quite a few species of birds make a stop there during their annual commute.

Thanks so much for all the amazing feedback I’ve had on this series, I appreciate every single comment and RT! I hope to be back in the area sometime this year, and with any luck I’ll be able to resurrect the series sometime down the road.

Canon EOS 50D, Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5, 10mm, F 16, ISO 100, 1/60 sec

Chris Nitz - March 4, 2011 - 7:18 am

Awe, I’m sad to see the series end. Great photo to end this series on. I need to add this to my list of places to photograph. Thanks for sharing it all week!

Mike Olbinski - March 4, 2011 - 7:30 am

Love how the lake almost blends in with the sky at a point there. Almost like a negative edge pool.

All those dead fish…so weird man…thanks for capturing this for us, been a fun place to see. I suspect most “pro” photogs would rather go to Yosemite or Death Valley…places of beauty to document, instead of the fish carcasses of the Salton Sea.

Bravo.

Scott Frederick - March 4, 2011 - 7:32 am

Congrats on the end of your awesome series Heath. This is a great shot to post as the final installment. Not sure if the dead fish are a symbol of the end! 🙂

Adam Olson - March 4, 2011 - 7:36 am

Great finish to the series Heath! Love the foreground all the way to where the water blends into the sky.

Brian Furbush - March 4, 2011 - 7:42 am

I love the ducks in this shot, of all things – great series dude, glad you did it!

Jesse Pafundi - March 4, 2011 - 7:47 am

Nice ending dude. I will miss these, really enjoyed the set. Love how the shore just bends around the frame, great comp.

Brian Matiash - March 4, 2011 - 7:48 am

All good things…

A fantastic series that showed your chops as a photographer, digital editor and blogger. Looking forward to the next great one.

Wayne Frost - March 4, 2011 - 10:41 am

Heath, you saved one of the best for last. This image reminds me of Mono Lake, which has “alien” rock formations.

Sergio Valverde - March 4, 2011 - 11:32 am

Fantastic use of the leading line curve in the composition and great toning !

Steve Beal - March 4, 2011 - 12:09 pm

Great way to end the series Heath! I’m gonna dork out for a second and identify the birds – it looks like 2 Grebes (not sure of the exact species) just off shore… I would be surprised if Vultures didn’t take advantage of all of the fish.

James Howe - March 4, 2011 - 3:05 pm

I agree with Mike about the infinity pool effect, I like the fact that the edge of the water blends with the sky in an almost seamless transition.

Scott Wood - March 7, 2011 - 8:40 am

I’m more than a bit sad to see this series come to an end. As I have said, this place is very high on my list of places I want to see. I do think that this is a great image to close out the series with.