While hiking on the Templeton Trail along Oak Creek in Sedona I found this spot on a rock from where I could look down onto the water of the creek, and how it reflected land and sky (the trees were still all bare in mid March, so there wasn’t a lot of green). It was quite mesmerizing and I could’ve stared at it for a long time. Maybe I’m just Southern California deprived of the sights and sounds of flowing water? I think there’s more – something about the colors of landscape and sky reflecting in water. The reflection shifts the colors into other colors that are harder to describe…
The National Weather Service issued a dense fog advisory Friday night and indeed, when I took Toni on her evening walk before bedtime it already felt more humid and there was a certain haze in the air. Excellent!
While cleaning out the vaults :) I found this triplet of images from some experiments with panning (moving the camera along with objects in motion) and dragging the shutter in low light situations. The photos are from March 2011 and I quite like how they turned out. They capture the sense of motion and the speed of the birds in flight, all against the tranquil setting of the ocean and the waves rolling in past sunset. If it was just one such photo I wouldn’t bother showing it, but as a set of three they work together.
I had envisioned this photo pretty much like it is now long before I made it – and that’s obviously the reason why I picked it as my photo of the month for April 2014.
It is of course “that” Cottonwood tree at Lake Henshaw, well-known to the followers of my photography. I made it only a couple of days ago, when one more (perhaps last, for this rainy season) storm brought a little bit of rain to Southern California.
Some long exposures from an evening visit to Scripps Coastal Preserve. Unfortunately, the clouds that were streaking so nicely out during the 270 second exposure time of the first image mostly dispersed past sunset.