As the sun was getting lower and lower, the light rays started to paint these beautiful rolling green hills. Without thinking, I pulled off the 5 at the exit for Dunnigan, CA. I had never heard of this place before and I’m sure you haven’t either.
The road was windy and filled with potholes. It took me through the green hills that I wanted to shoot, but there wasn’t really anywhere to pull over. Finally I came up to a small area where I could get off the road, but it wasn’t a good spot to showcase the hills. There was a field with an opening in the fence and a sign that said a permit for the pheasant hunting club was required to access the area. I hadn’t seen anyone for miles, so I decided to go get a few shots before the sun went down. I’m sure the worst thing that could happen is a redneck farmer would come chase me off the land and I’d play stupid saying I missed the sign.
This spot was only about a mile or two from the freeway, but it was so incredibly peaceful. The birds were making calls that I hadn’t heard before and the light was caressing the tall grasses in a special way that you don’t get to see for more than a few minutes each day. You might want to click on these to see them larger.
Both of these were shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed, Filterstorm, and TouchRetouch. In the second photo I used Filterstorm to add saturation and more red to the sky. The more I use Filterstorm, the more comfortable I get with it. I hope to get a review up sometime this week.