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Bombay Reflections



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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Bombay Beach on the Salton Sea in Imperial County, California. Interesting bit of trivia about this area, it marks the southern end of the San Andreas Fault.
Time
This photo was taken at sunset.
Lighting
On this particular day, the weather seemed to conspire to create a perfect sunset with wonderful clouds beautifully filtering the light.
Equipment
This was shot with a Canon 40D using a Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 lens, a circular polarizer, and a Manfrotto tripod.
Inspiration
The Salton Sea used to be a desert oasis, with resort areas dotting the lake. Flooding led to a berm being built to protect what's left of Bombay Beach. The portion of town closest to the water is now half-buried under salty mud. This shot was taken next to the ruins of an old pier. The contrast of blasted ruins contrasted against the calm water and an almost impressionistic sky is almost too beautiful to not photograph.
Editing
This is an HDR image made using three bracketed images, with the individual images first processed in Photoshop then merged to HDR in Photomatix and finished in Photoshop.
In my camera bag
I (still!) have a bad habit of over-packing my camera bag that I'm trying to break. These days I usually have is my trusty old Canon 40D, either a Canon 17-40mm, a Canon 24-105mm lens, a 28mm prime, and a MeFoto Backpacker tripod that folds up small enough for me to easily carry on my shoulder bag or fit in my backpack.
Feedback
I don't really have advice for anyone wanting a similar shot. I really do consider myself lucky for getting this shot and the others I took at this location on this day. This is an area I like to revisit, and it's different every time, so I would say don't go to a location expecting to get a particular type of shot because it's not always going to cooperate with you, so be ready to change your approach on the spot and you just might come away with something even better than what you were hoping to get.

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