Del Mar Mesa in black & white (8 photos)

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.

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