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Natoma Sunrise, Folsom, California

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 21 March 2009 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

I just returned from Big Sur where I assisted Don Smith with his spring workshop there. We had a great group, and some really nice conditions, but I haven't had a chance to get to them so I'm posting an older image from closer to home. If my schedule works out I might post something from Big Sur on Monday.

I often tell people how fortunate I am to be a nature photographer in Sacramento. Here I'm four hours or less from a greater variety of world class photography than any place in the world (can you top Big Sur, Monterey/Carmel, San Francisco, Point Reyes, Muir Woods, the Napa Valley wine country, the Mendocino coast, Lake Tahoe, Mono Lake, and Yosemite?).

But sometimes the best opportunities are right in your own backyard. This image is the result of a little advance scouting and then simply forcing myself to get out of bed in the dark on a chilly fall morning. I'd found this spot a few days earlier and realized it had all the elements necessary for a great sunrise image: nice foreground trees, water and hills in the middle ground, and a clear view of the eastern horizon.

Of course I had no idea what I'd find at Folsom's Lake Natoma when my alarm went off that morning, but there's only one way to know, so out I went. The thin clouds on the eastern horizon were perfect, picking up the nice sunrise color and cooling the sun just enough to allow me to include it in the frame.

So I guess the moral here is to not lament the opportunities that are out of reach, but rather to explore the possibilities at hand. Kind of makes me wonder why I'm sitting at my computer when there are special scenes right outside my window just waiting for discovery. Bye....

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Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

Well said! You are so right, why am I sitting here???

21 Mar 2009 2:31pm

@Tracy: Today I drove up into the foothills and photographed poppies in the rain. If I lived where you live, Tracy, I'd be out at the ocean watching the storm come in.

LauraS from Chico, United States

This is a beautiful photograph! Such nice light, great composition. Love the tree in front, bridge off to the left, and sunset on the right. Lovely water and reflections.

21 Mar 2009 4:23pm

@LauraS: Thanks, Laura, I always appreciate your comments.

Didier DE ZAN from somewhere, France

Very beautiful composition beautiful photograph

21 Mar 2009 7:34pm

@Didier DE ZAN: Thank you for your frequent feedback, Didier. I visited your blog and really enjoyed your images--you have a unique and wonderful vision.

Rob Jones from Sacramento, United States

Hmmm...exploring possibilities right in your own backyard...
Nice idea, but it'll never work.


22 Mar 2009 5:04am

@Rob Jones: Hey, Rob, this would have been a great spot for you to plug your own "backyard" images. :)

michelle from Paris, France

so poetic!

30 Mar 2009 1:23pm