I’m putting the finishing touches on the site this weekend, but robinblackphotography.com is finally up for public consumption. I specifically sought out software that included a blog option, so I’ll continue writing about photography and experiences in the field over there. Take a look, and let me know what you think!
It’s a photo I took at sunrise at Mobius Arch in the Alabama Hills a couple of months ago. One part of the contest is a “people’s choice” winner, which will be published in the magazine’s online gallery. If you like my pic, I’d love to have your vote at this link (registration is required, but you can opt out of any emails or spam).
It’s been a busy few months for me, but I’ve been busy photographing like a mad woman. If you want to catch up on what I’ve been doing–including the results of my trip last weekend to Arizona and Utah–just click on the link to my Flickr photostream on the right-hand column on this page.
I’m in the process of building my own photography page, which will be up soon at www.robinblackphotography.com. I’ll post here to let you know as soon as it’s ready for primetime, and my blog will move to the new site at that time.
I’ve also just gotten started on a documentary photography project, which will combine my photography with my past experience as a journalist. I’ll be documenting the ongoing restoration efforts at the Owens Lake in Eastern California, which was drained dry following the construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct in 1913. What happened in the valley was the subject of the fictionalized story in the film Chinatown, and it’s a fascinating and important piece of California’s history. If you’re unfamiliar with the lake, stop by the project website often and find out about this unique and fragile ecosystem that’s beginning to come back to life.
As always, thanks for taking the time to stop by and check out my photos!
We spent the first weekend of 2010 back up in my favorite place, the eastern sierras. The first morning we were up a couple of hours before sunrise, in time to drive up to Mono lake to try for some sunrise shots there. The state park folks hadn’t plowed the road all the way to the lake, and there was a layer of fog settled in tightly over the lake Since lake shots were a no-go, I turned my camera to the eastern wall of the Sierras, and was treated to a beautiful sunrise and setting moon. Spent the rest of the weekend playing in the snow and the aspens, and then visited Manzanar National Historic Site on our way back to Los Angeles today. We’ve probably driven past it a dozen times, and finally took a couple of hours to explore, learn and meditate on what a sad, sad episode this was for our country.
I had two goals in mind this weekend–try out my new ultra wide-angle lens, and see what the elephant seals were up to at the elephant seal rookery north of San Simeon.
Fall and early winter is when the elephant seals arrive at the rookery to fight, give birth, and mate (and in pretty much that order). The adult males began arriving a few weeks ago, and the fighting has begun. We saw several bulls who were bloodied and scarred, and the fighting was much more intense than the juvenile sparring I photographed earlier this summer. When they crash chest into chest against each other, you can feel the percussive violence of each strike from the viewing stand.
There were several yearlings at the beach, too young to join in the action but apparently more than happy to stay away from it, as they remained on the edges of the beach.
Birthing begins around the third weekend in December, and we counted five pups (one, sadly, dead) on the beach today. The one pictured here is no more than 24 hours old.
The seal pups weren’t the only babies at the beach today–this flock of barely fledged seagulls preened away in the middle of all the seals.
Last night, I got to try out my new ultra wide angle lens on the sunset just north of Cambria. Fortunately, mother nature cooperated generously by lending a lot of color to the sunset.
Since the fall color has pretty much played out for the year (and since I’m homesick for Bishop but can’t squeeze in a trip up there for at least a few more weeks–hopefully, for some shots in the snow), I thought I’d go back through my photos from last month and see if any more jumped out at me as worthy of sharing. Here are the fall season leftovers!
The aspens at Lundy were only just beginning to turn to gold when we were there, but with the right light, aspens are, of course, beautiful to photograph year-round.
I’d hoped for some nice reflection shots from the big beaver dam in the back of the canyon, but it was far too windy that afternoon as the first snowstorm of the season was on its way across the sierras (we woke up to about 6 inches of snow the next morning!).
There are multiple beaver dams in the canyon that form a series of ad hoc lakes, and this is the final dam in the very back of the canyon, where it ascends up into the 20 Lakes Basin at the eastern edge of Yosemite National Park.
I spotted a few bare aspens on one of the upper ridges of Lundy Canyon, and liked the drama of the branches against the sky.
Bishop Creek below South Lake, one of my favorite places to visit this fall.
Looking down into Lee Vining Canyon from the Tioga Pass.
June Lake aspens.
Autumn reflections, Merced River, Yosemite National Park.
Merced River, Yosemite National Park.
And finally, a few black and white conversions.
After what by all accounts has been a quirky fall color season in the eastern Sierras, the aspens I saw this weekend were glowing. I was pressed for time, and limited myself to what I could find in Lee Vining Canyon. If I’d had an extra day, I’d have explored June Lake Loop as well, because a quick drive through half the loop showed fiery aspens from lake level and ascending well up the hillsides. There’s nothing quite like standing in the middle of an aspen grove in full yellow-orange color; the glow is almost otherworldly. The fall colors were just beginning to show in Yosemite Valley, and should be glorious in another week or two.