Sunday, June 17, 2012

#4

#4 by right2roam
#4, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.

Nature slowly overtakes an abandoned bunker at Fort Ord Dunes State Park.

I debated whether or not to post this one as it seems to clash with the rest of my photography. Or does it? So much nature photography is composed and cropped and edited to show the world at its most beautiful, in its unspoiled and pristine state. Here is a haunting example of scars left on Mother Nature's skin, and a promising glimpse of nature in the healing process.

Fort Ord Dunes State Park has a four-mile stretch of shoreline with beautiful views of Monterey Bay. It was once a U.S. Army training center for beach combat, giving critical training to hundreds of thousands of soldiers for actions in World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Through a Federal Lands to Parks transfer, the dunes and beach opened to the public in 2009. Clean-up and conservation efforts continue today.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wastwater

Wastwater
Wastwater, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.

About 10 years ago I had the chance to visit England's Lake District where I took a few grainy, washed-out shots of Wastwater from nearly this very spot with an old Fujica film SLR. Nearly a decade later my wonderful girlfriend says to me "I say we do it. Let's take that trip to the Lake District"... and on a whim we were there.

No matter how advanced photographic equipment and software become, there's really no replacement for the privilege of visiting God's Country in person. A photo doesn't truly capture the bite of the wind, or the play of light on the water, or the shortness of breath as you scramble to the top of a mountain, and that feeling of being so insignificant in the vastness of creation.

Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 29 mm
Aperature: f/22
Exposure: 1/4 second
ISO 50

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Dark Skies and Darker Seas

Dark Skies and Darker Seas by right2roam
Dark Skies and Darker Seas, a photo by right2roam on Flickr.

This shot was taken a little over a year ago at the tail end of one of many storms that enthralled me during my stay on California's Central Coast. I'm off to try my luck on England's North Sea Coast. Wish me luck!

Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length: 19 mm
Aperature: f/20
Exposure: 2 seconds
ISO 100