Creek Reflection, Sunset Clouds, Dave Brubeck Road

Dave Brubeck Road, Ione, CA

It’s fortunate to have scenes like this photograph within a 5 or 10 minute drive from my home.  After spending part of the morning driving around and ending up in Campo Seco to photograph the remains of the stonehouses, I took a drive out again when I saw the possibility of some fantastic golden hour light.

With some about 30-45 minutes before sunset, I started driving one of the back roads nearby, ending up on Old Stockton Road.  This road is a real gem for photographers as there are vast areas of rolling oaks, grazing land, ponds with egrets, and little waterways like the one in this photo.

I also noticed that part of this road had been renamed recently to Dave Brubeck Road given the newness of the street sign. Now some of you may be wondering who Dave Brubeck is and why there is a road named after him on a lonely county road out in the middle of nowhere.  Let’s just say he’s an American Jazz legend and he grew up on a ranch on this very road.

Anyhow, I parked my car near this waterway and snapped a few photos in anticipation of the sunset colors hitting the sky. In total, 23 minutes were spent at this location, with this particular photograph taken 19 minutes into the shoot.  I spent a few more minutes shooting before it was obvious the colors were fading from the sky.

EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center weighted metering mode, 55mm, ISO 200, 1/3 sec, f/10

Creek Reflection, Sunset Clouds.  Dave Brubeck Road, Ione, California.  January 29, 2012. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved. 


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