Devoted to Fine Art Landscape and Open Space photography. This blog includes color photography, digital photos, black and white photography, tips, thoughts and articles. Darnell Bates for DB8S Photography
"You Have to Be In It to Win It!" Last Thrs I was offered a trip to Matts favorite "fishing hole" up in the Redwood Forrest. The clue that I should have paid attention to should had been "fishing hole" After scaling down a 500ft steep embankment (which included ropes that went from tree to tree) and a 1/2 mile treacherous hike along the river bank from rocks to rocks like Billy Goats and wading the shallow parts we arrived at this beautiful place.
I returned home and slept for the next 14+ hrs - yet glad for the experience and would have never got this image w/o the hike or the hard work
Another day, Another location. The region of Crescent City...... Beautiful! - I Love the loooong isolated beaches and forest area here, its that kind of place where you can get lost and back to towne in 10 minutes. This area really suits the mood I prefer for my images
My photography game plan going into 2013 was to minimize the equipment I too into the field, the reason was to specialize in my chosen lens (20mm) and to minimizes distractions, focus and to get the weight of unused equipment off my shoulders. Sooo far I am failing miserably... yesterday I forgot my tripod, today I forgot my step-up ring and ohhhh I saw the perfect opportunity to use my Brownie Reflex :( Opportunity lost yet there is always tomorrow :)
This time around I have my laptop loaded w/ Lightroom and Photoshop so that I can have that option of editing and re-shooting if necessary.
I really like the mood direction and color edit of this image - I was cold and wet (oooh this day I forgot my hat and gloves)
"To be human is to be alone and it is only a state of inner solitude that leads to spiritual maturity and a realization of this actuality." - Jackie Bolen (Silence and Solitude: Desert Fathers and Merton A Paper I wrote for Bruce Hindmarsh in "The Christian Spirit," a class I took at Regent College in Vancouver, BC.) These are images captured with Cryus McVey in Joshua Tree on a trip to reconnect. I always find that as soon as I am out of cellphone range I always seem to automatically reconnect back to nature and finding time to address questions and issues that sit in the back of my mind.
Ten Safety Tips for Hiking in the Desert (below)
1. Wear loose-fitting layersof natural-fiber clothing to help reduce your chances of becoming dehydrated. Jeans and sturdy shoes will protect your feet and legs from the cactus spines, and a long-sleeve shirt and a hat are good choices, too. Slather sunscreen on any exposed skin. Temperatures will drop dramatically in the desert at night, and even if you don't plan to spend the night there you should bring along a warm sweater or jacket just in case you get lost.
2. Take plenty of fresh water with you. Drink at least a gallon of water a day when you are hiking in the desert, and turn back when your water supply is half-way gone. Carry an extra gallon per person in your vehicle, and even more if you will be doing any cooking or bathing.
3. It's also important to stay well-fed so that you have the stamina to withstand the heat and physical activity. Pack some high-energy, high-calorie snack bars or other easily-prepared, nutritious snacks (such peanut butter and whole-grain crackers) in your survival kit.
4. Watch out for desert dwellers! Rattlesnakes, scorpions, poisonous spiders, cougars, coyotes and other desert wildlife may be hiding under rocks or shrubs or taking refuge behind boulders. Leave them alone if you cross their paths!
5. The desert ground is packed as hard as cement and absorbs little water. In the spring, when snow-capped mountains begin to melt, water rushes downhill and flash floods are common. Flash floods may happen during the fall months as well. Be aware that violent thunderstorms over mountains that are many miles away can cause flash floods that may reach you, carrying boulders, shrubs, trees, rocks and other debris along with walls of water that may reach ten feet or more. Avoid hiking in canyons with no escape to higher ground during a thunderstorm (even one far off in the distance).Don't try to walk or drive across flooded roads.
6. Take your hike early in the day or toward evening, when temperatures are cooler. If you're on an extended or all-day hike, take a break during the hottest afternoon hours and bring along a small tent or canopy to create a shady shelter.
7. Be aware of the signs of heat exhaustion, and get out of the sun and heat if you become nauseous, dizzy, or get a headache. Try to find a shady spot to rest, or set up your tent or canopy if you brought one. Sip some water, don't guzzle it, and wet down your clothes to reduce your body temperature.
8. Carry a well-stocked first-aid kit, and be sure to include a good pair of tweezers in case you need to pick cactus needles out of your skin.
9. Let your family or friends know where you are going and when you expect to return, and stick to your plans. Instruct them to notify the police or park officials right away if you don't return on time. If you plan to hike off the beaten path, take a topographical map and compass with you, and know how to use them.
10. Heed the warnings of local authorities, and stay out (or get out) of the desert if they report that conditions are not favorable for hikers. Don't lose your life because you stubbornly ignored the advice of park rangers.
I spent the night in Joshua Tree instead of doing the Halloween festivities. At some point I looked east and was curious why the horizon was glowing behold... the Moon. My host held my hand as we traversed the moon light landscape we had did twice by sun light. My Original intention of the trip was to shoot star trails yet instead I shot landscapes by moon-light. In between frames my host would daze off (I am sure trying to figure out why I could not do this during the day) to be awaken by me either getting the time right or wrong. -sound travels fast and far in the darkness of the desert-