Another from the dunes I was out at the other day. I went over to check out those little mounds, and it turns out there was an old road there once upon a time. Now its busted up asphalt that nature is reclaiming.
Fun fact, this area has been used to film over 20 movies including the 10 Commandments (1923) and Pirates of the Caribbean (about a mile away at Pt Sal.) I hear you can still find bits of the Egyptian city from 10 commandments buried. Unfortunately, the area the city was built on is roped off most of the year because of the Snowy Plover, an endangered bird.
I was out in the middle of some sand dunes yesterday working on a photo project. I’m sooo sore today from the 2+ mile walk in the sand while carrying 15lbs of gear. This particular beach doesn’t get a lot of visitors and hardly any make it out to the spot I went to. There were lots of cool patterns in the sand carved out by the wind.
Below is a sneak preview of what I was working on with my Nikon. Some more elements will be added from other exposures to create something cool. The vision popped in my head yesterday morning and I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Sorry, you’ll have to wait a while to see the finished result.
This is one of the old buildings in Guadalupe. They’ve repainted some of them with bright colors. Very fitting for this little Mexican town. I thought percolator made this image much more interesting, because the light was a little harsh for this time of day.
Photo created with ProHDR, Snapseed, and Percolator.
I walked across Guadalupe yesterday with my phone to get a better feel for the town. Its a different experience than driving through because that takes all of 2 minutes. Half of the stores on the main drag were for rent and of the ones that were still operating, 80% only had Spanish on the signs in the windows.
I stopped at the cemetery to get a few pictures of the cool angels on headstones. Unfortunately, it was totally the wrong time of day. The light was not cooperating at all.
On the way back through town I saw three classic cars that have definitely seen better days. They were parked in front of an office for a car repair business. The angle of the sun and the rail in front of the cars prevented me from getting a great angle. I didn’t want my shadow cast on the car, but I still wanted to try and make the image work from a less flattering perspective.
When I see old, rusty objects, I want to bring out a lot of the grit and detail. It really makes the image pop to me. Normally I’d use ProHDR to start that workflow, but because of the quality of the light and lack of tripod, I chose to use camera+. Then I used the clarity filter, which is great for making your image pop, and I finished up by adding some drama in Snapseed.
I’ll be working on reviews for a couple of HDR apps today, and I think I’ll run this image through them to see how they handle it.
It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary.
This is at a beach out by Guadalupe, CA, which is a small migrant town where a lot of field workers live. Its a neat place because its in the middle of nowhere and it feels like you’re in Mexico. I’ll have to snap a few pics of the town next time because it has some character.
This was shot with ProHDR and edited with Snapseed.