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Golden Shores

Posted by
Barbara Lee (Oakland, United States) on 25 May 2010 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Ok, I have no new photos to post today, so I dug back into my archives and pulled up this one. This image was made three years ago on the east shore of Lake Tahoe, California, in an area known as Sand Harbor. I was trying to capture the golden light at day's end. I waited over two hours for this scene to unfold. Just walking along the shoreline, looking for the right arrangement of rocks, was a meditation in itself. I find that when I get in the right zone, as I did on this day, the whole process of making images is meditative for me. I can get really lost and hours go by.

I had this one printed large on a canvas and hung it in our bathroom. It works well in that space. This summer, I am going to concentrate more on printing up the images I make. I now have an idea - from my Fine Art Digital Printing workshop - about how to make a boxed portfolio. I am itching to start!

NIKON D80 1/10 second F/22.0 ISO 100 97 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Vaido from Võrumaa, Estonia

Sweet light! It was worth of waiting :-)

25 May 2010 10:06am

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

Love your description, and it must look stunning big. Yes, we should do more with our photo's, a photo is not a photo until it is printed! i wish I can do that workshop you did, maybe one day!

25 May 2010 2:49pm

KriKridesign from Cully, Switzerland

just a modern art piece...

25 May 2010 8:40pm

Dutch from Chicagoland, United States

This is truly beautiful and I can see that your patience was worth it. I haven't camped out to do anything like this yet though I did stalk a pond for a long while to get the shimmer of stars made by the sunlight on the water. Definitely.. worth a framing here!

26 May 2010 2:08am

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

the light and colours are really beautiful here! as is the composition - there is good balance to this scene and that balance combined with what you described as meditation enhance this shot even further - lovely work!

28 May 2010 1:55am

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I'm so glad that you dug this one out to show us! Perfection in my book!

29 May 2010 2:06am

steve loos from hollister, United States

Barbara; this is a lovely image. Printing is something I have yet to learn; good luck maybe I'll give you some business! I have a few images I would like to print on canvas.

30 May 2010 4:40am

@steve loos: Steve, I had it printed at Bay Photo in Santa Cruz. I have not yet mastered the art of printing on canvas!

1/10 second
ISO 100
97 mm (35mm equiv.)