Photography in Paradise

peeking from behind the sensor

Black Friday Retreat

   I try to ignore the shopping frenzy as all costs. When Dave King, a good photographer pal, said he wanted to air out, a plan developed to head for the hills. We gathered up camera gear, put on some warm clothes and headed east to the Cuyamaca mountains. The rain from the night before looked as if it was braking up a little, but for us that was in invitation to explore the wetness. Neither one of us expected anything great as far as photographs, we just needed to get some fresh air in our lungs to clear our overworked minds.

   I have been working on a book for the last six weeks. The research is taxing my neurons and it is almost finished. Good friends have helped with the much needed editing process. David just finished a huge photo project with 20×30 black and white prints that now hang in the San Diego City Gallery.

  We were both in need of a creative transfusion and we knew this was a simple way to get one. Quit what you are doing and do something else is the prescription.

   As we approached the mountains the weather was still stormy. Forbidding clouds above and rain and hail on the windshield did not bother us. Good conversation and great music on the radio energized us. We left the freeway and turned on to a county road, called Boulder Creek Road, near Descanso. To a photographers eye, the sky was like a huge light tent. The rain had washed off the dust on the plants and the color and contrast were just right for photography. We stopped talking and scanned the landscape. Our creative energy was building but we were not focused yet on any particular topic. Several times we jumped out of the car into the rain, taking a few test shots to get our eyes better focused for seeing what were were likely find to photograph.

View from Cuyamaca mountain

View from Cuyamaca mountain

   The rain was spotty, allowing us to work our magic without getting drenched. The lighting and contrast on the wet terrain was an asset to good images.

Snow Dust

Snow Dust

plants on hillside

plants on hillside

   We had a great time and even though this adventure was only for a few hours, the renewed energy was enough to recharge our lives.

No Tresspassing

No Trespassing

Burned tree

Burned tree

Telangiectesia

Telangiectasia

roots and rocks

roots and rocks

Early yucca

Early yucca

Dried yucca

Dried yucca

Lone root

Lone root

   I saw Davids positing this morning. (ndktravels.wordpress.com) We were in the same place and we saw different things. We didn’t duplicate any subjects. Two photographers with totally different results.

N.David King

N.David King

Winter color

Winter color

Hidden tree

Hidden tree