While some parts are having record heat waves, we seem to be off to a very rainy summer here. Mind you, I’m not complaining about the rain as my yard looks like a country club golf course right now. It was a stormy Monday afternoon and I went to Inks Lake. I was kind of hoping for stormy clouds over the lake as I wanted to photograph them. It rained part of the way there and it was still looking stormy when I got there. Below is a quick shot I took at a pier with the heavy clouds in the sky.
The sky gradually began to lighten up and I went hiking up in the rocky areas along spring creek as I figured that the waterfalls would be flowing. This area was quite crowded by people playing in the water and unbothered by the storms. I tried to shoot around people and took a lot of photos that I wasn’t really happy with. The photo below is from some rock cliffs above a waterfall. There are some people just to the right who were probably wishing that I’d go away so they could go back to making out. Anyway, I was trying to frame the image with some trees, such as they are and keep a lot of that granite in the frame. I would have liked to move more to the right, but I don’t have the ability to hover.
It was very cloudy and I find that this makes the greens really loud in the image, so I desaturated the greens quite a bit in this image. I had hoped for a much heavier flow of water here, but that is what I got.
I continued my hike and shot a picture of a blade of long grass or something that I thought looked really cool, but in hindsight it is kind of boring, but I’ll post it anyway. Maybe with a flash, I could darken the background and make the grass stand out more.
In another part of the park, I messed around with a lakeside scene for probably 30 minutes. I had several ideas but none of them were really working. I worked a bright tree across the water, another foreground tree and some cactus in the rocks and then settled on this miniature archipelago of rocks in the lake with some plants clinging to them. The challenge was positioning them in the frame such that there were contained in the part of the lake reflecting the sky and not lost in the green reflections behind them. This involved climbing around and repositioning my tripod several times, but I kind of like what I got in the end.
I thought about a much tighter crop, letting the viewer imagine the rest of the scene but I like showing the opposite shore and some sky. What do you think. I think a longer exposure would have given me a better reflection, but I know where this place is and I may go back and try again.
I figured the sky was going to disappoint for sunset, so I thought about just going home. But I am glad that I didn’t and you’ll see why in my next post.