On March 27th, I went to the Rush Ranch in Fairfield, California, to look for material for my series of posts about places for photography near the greater Sacramento area. It was a cold, windy Sunday morning and I must confess that I pitied myself, because I really wanted to stay in bed. But I had a blog post to write and waiting for another cloudy day was not an option: those days are few and far in-between, and there is rarely any between April and October.
Off I went, asking myself, why do I have a blog to begin with, and what difference does it make if I don’t write a post about Rush Ranch? Probably none.
At the ranch, I walked a few miles on cow trails, in the pasture, among cattle, looking for compositions. It is difficult to add a tri-dimensional feel to the open spaces of the West. Many were the gates, barbwire fences, ground squirrels and crows. Few were the hills. The light was variable and spotty, and I tried to juggle all those elements, minus the squirrels and crows, in my frame.
The lead photo is an open invitation through the pasture, winding along the nearly dry marsh, into the mountains and towards the light, at f/13, 1/160s and ISO 400. In post-processing, I added some grain.
I rarely post photos of the land in black and white. Notable exceptions are: a portrait of Maria Comprida, and a view from Morro do Bonet, from the Brazilian coastal range; and a landscape near Mono Lake, with a wild horse as the focal point.
All things considered, I am relatively satisfied with the photos I took that day, for my upcoming post “Photography at the Rush Ranch in Fairfield (California, USA). “ Stay tunedl!
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