Dead Fish

More Salton Sea weirdness that I found strangely attractive. Fishes die because of the low water level, and the high salinity. They dry in the merciless desert sun, probably get picked and poked at by vultures and ravens. It’s strange, but still a part of the cycle of life.

Also: are these colors real? Yes and no. They are not what our human eyes see. But they are what the camera sees. I use my camera with a fixed white balance most of the time, set to “daylight” (which equals ~5000K) – just like film used to be. As a result, shadows and areas that are without sunlight (such as the shore of the Salton Sea here, past sunset) turn into a cold blue. Our human brain automatically compensates for this and we see normal grey. The camera however sees absolute colors. Optimizing the contrast for a richer tonality amplifies them.

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