Dreams of Santa Ysabel (8 photos)

A series of images from an April hike at Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve West, in San Diego’s back country, between Ramona and Julian. Soon after we started, the clouds closed into a solid cover, and then began to slowly descend down into the landscape. We could watch them touch a distant ridge first, and then as they got closer, experience the magic of everything getting muted, and disappear. Nothing except the twitter of a bird here and there, and the chirping of cicadas.

I settled for a process with false colors to help further the unreal, dreamlike experience. Nothing transforms a landscape more than fog and clouds.

Are you interested in a print? You can find the images in my shop: Dreams of Santa Ysabel. Or, please find more information here and/or contact me. Prints are NOT watermarked, of course.


The gallery represents my most recent approach to photography, where I try to publish and process a set of images from a single location in a consistent style (something that I started with my “Poison-oak” set, and most recently, with the black & white “Boden Canyon” gallery). I would say it is a “digital” approach, not because of the process with the false colors that I chose, but simply because digital photography allows us to capture more images.

Now, Ansel Adams is often quoted of having said that ten good photos per year was a good result. This is often used as a reminder to be more critical with one’s own work (which is absolutely correct, and necessary) – but I think his entire photographic process was much more difficult and slower: heavy equipment, a big and unwieldy camera, working with negatives, developing, printing. The digital process on the other hand allows us to immediately correct any mistakes that we made, because we have instant image review on the display at the back of the camera, and thus make the best of every photographic opportunity. The world has changed! ;-)

That said, most likely not all of the 8 photos in the “Dreams of Santa Ysabel” gallery are “keepers” as stand-alone images, but I do think that they work nicely together, and as a whole, are more adequate to transport the emotion and sensation of the place to the viewer. I hope you like the gallery.

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