Grasses, Fish Camp Pond
Time of day: Evening
Date: August 21, 2009
One of the secrets to becoming a good landscape photographer is to look at many good landscape photos. In recent months, in my quest to improve, I have come across the works of several artists who primarily focus on the intimate shot with little or no sky in the scene. Among the artists whose work I have been introduced recently is Christopher Burkett, a true master of his craft. See http://www.christopherburkett.com/home.html for Mr Burkett's work.
Armed with inspiration from Mr. Burkett and others, I forced myself to look closer for beauty on a recent outing to Fish Camp, a community on Highway 41 just south of Yosemite’s south entrance.
I have made several attempts to shoot this scene in Fish Camp under favorable lighting over the past few years with limited success. See http://contador.smugmug.com/Landscapes/Misc-Practice-Shots/4643097_w89Ne#!i=590692319&k=6hhfv for one of my results.
Recently I saw a chance to bring this goal home after sighting promising cloud cover one evening after work. So I set out on the 60 mile drive to Fish Camp.
By the time I arrived the clouds had completely blown away. So I looked closer for a more intimate shot. After driving 60 miles, I was gonna shoot some pictures one way or another.
Granted, it's not my usual fare. Gotta keep pushing the envelope!
No filters were used in this shot.