My friend Tracy and I had intended to hike to the waterfall at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, but when we arrived at the gate a sign said “trails closed” (because of recent rains) and getting there would have been a mudfest most likely. Not that we’d mind getting dirty for photos, but combining the slippery rocks at the “little cliffs” with muddy boots seemed like a recipe for disaster.
Pondering our alternatives for our first hike of 2017, we went to the Del Mar Mesa Preserve instead. Tracy had never been there and I was glad to show him this magical place. The trails where wet but not soggy and muddy for the most part, since Deer Creek acts as a good drainage for the canyon. We hiked my usual route on the “main tunnel” trail – I’ve yet to find a way to connect the long chaparral tunnel section into a loop that also includes the mesa itself (feels like I mentioned that before:-).
Maybe because the lush green of spring provides more color separation to work with, or because of the increased contrast since everything was still a bit wet, black & white really worked well here for me for the first time (except for the infrared images from Del Mar Mesa, all previous photos that I made worked better in color).
Once more, these photos are a combination of “regular” DSLR photos and cellphone images (the puffball mushroom close-ups). It’s so nice to effortlessly point the cellphone straight down to make detail and close-up photos. And with the raw data captured with the camera module built into Lightroom Mobile, it’s easy to develop them to be consistent with all other photos.Thanks for reading! You can stay up to date with my blogposts and subscribe via email (the subscription form opens in a new browser window/tab). It's easy as pie! :-)
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