Shots taken midday of a brown lake bottom surrounded by dried grass hillsides with water reflecting a dull sky? Those shots will never cut it. I tried shooting this a few days prior and the results were expectedly sub-par. That led me to come back to the same location after work and re-shot after the hoards of people had gone home and the sky was showing off its colors. (Image on Flickr with various size options >>HERE<<)
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As the crowds hiking and exploring the drying lake bed were thinning out and I had the place to myself, I spotted a food wrapper out-of-reach and in the deep mud. As hikers abide by the “pack in, pack out) mantra, it angered me a bit to see this one piece of trash. Yet, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to see this one piece of trash. In some less developed countries a reservoir or water such as this, trash would be in the water and lining the shoreline.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO 100, 38mm, f/5.6, 8 sec (3 exposure panorama)
Folsom (CA), Dam, Lake, Exposed Lake Floor, Sunset, Panorama. Folsom Lake, CA. January 03, 2014. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.