Cracking Up

When Rick Young turned off the highway and led us down a long dirt road towards the Salton Sea that ran next to an orange orchard, I wasn’t entirely sure that the location would work out. But as it turned out, this portion of the beach had some amazing photo ops and the six of us who made it down there each came away with some keepers.

A spent a good chunk of my time on this section of shoreline shooting towards the lake, but when I spotted this cracked earth and the mountains in the background I switched things up and shot in the opposite direction. I’m glad I did because as soon as I saw this long exposure on the LCD, I knew I had my shot of the day. Thanks for dragging us down that dirt road, Rick!

Equipment:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L
B+W 77mm 10 stop ND Filter

Mike Olbinski - January 23, 2012 - 7:28 am

Yup. Winner.

Loved it in your viewfinder, love it even more now.

Cheers to Rick for such a great spot.

Rick Young - January 23, 2012 - 7:32 am

That’s right. Cheers to me! I love this photo Heath and grabbed something similar myself, although Mike had my 10 stop at the time. #buyyourowndamnfilteryoubastard

Chris Nitz - January 23, 2012 - 7:39 am

Are those footprints I see as well? Loving that background!

Brian Furbush - January 23, 2012 - 7:41 am

Very cool dude, really love the dramatic cracks in the foreground, the slight vignette really helps to lead your eye down and through the frame.

Jesse Pafundi - January 23, 2012 - 7:58 am

Duderama. This is sick. Love the wide angle distortion on the lower half of the frame accentuating the cracked earth. Spectacular shot.

Len Saltiel - January 23, 2012 - 8:18 am

Very nice composition and textures Heath. The processing really works

A.Barlow - January 23, 2012 - 9:09 am

Wonderful shot man. It’s one of my fav things out there. The patterns the dry sand and dirt makes are just to good to pass up.

Adam Olson - January 23, 2012 - 9:44 am

Sweet photo Heath! Love drama and the details of the cracking Earth.

Jim Denham - January 23, 2012 - 10:56 am

Great shot Heath! Those cracks are awesome!

Scott Ackerman - January 23, 2012 - 11:06 am

Love that you chose the portrait layout for this shot. Those cracks lead you right into the frame. More than just a keeper here bud, great work.

Randy Bayne - January 23, 2012 - 11:17 am

Don’t know what I can add. This is a fantastic shot. Love the angle, the leading, background, all of it. Great exposure for that desolate Salton Sea look. Nailed it!

Chris Frailey - January 23, 2012 - 11:23 am

Crackled goodness. Who knew Rick was driving us to an epic spot. Love this one Heath.

Bob Lussier - January 23, 2012 - 11:45 am

This is great! Love the cracked earth and soft clouds.

Chris DeAngelis - January 23, 2012 - 12:26 pm

I don’t think I made it to this part of the beach! Was definitely a good find! Love the framing here and tones from the B+W! (Woo! I got to your site from work!)

LensScaper - January 23, 2012 - 3:26 pm

Fantastic wide-angle depth. The foreground is awesome. This is definitely shot of the day for me

Shan - January 23, 2012 - 4:41 pm

This is a super cool pic! (BTW… Love the “vertical landscape”!)

murphyz - January 23, 2012 - 5:32 pm

Great work Heath, really dig this shot.

Nathan Gilmer - January 25, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Oh man. It’s kinda creepy but I dig it.

Edith Levy - January 26, 2012 - 1:40 pm

I absolutely love this image Heath. Beautifully composed, the softness of the clouds, the tones look. Excellent.

Kris Koeller - January 29, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Great shot. Love the composition and post-processing choices.