Before I left, I actually pulled up Google Maps to see what destination looked enticing today. There were a few places I had in mind, however, that would have pushed me closer to civilization, and I'm not willing to take that chance until the Shelter-In-Place order is lifted. So I closed Google Maps and decided just to go for a drive and see what I could find.
Popped in Johnny Young's EP, because it felt appropriate given I was heading back into the country, and motored up and over Red Hill to Rock Tree Valley. A little over a decade ago I had been up there, yet found it to be a difficult place to really photograph well. Today, I would try again.
It was a little too early in the afternoon. Without a cloud in the sky and given the colors of the landscape, I wasn't expecting much. As I backtracked from the river and through the valley, I decided to challenge myself into finding something way outside of my comfort zone to photograph. I would not head home until that task was done.
On my way down Red Hill, I found what I was looking for. Wasn't sure how it would translate to a photograph, but I didn't care. I spied my composition and underexposed the image by a hair to defuse the bright natural light.
What you see below is the final product. I resized and sharpened the image, however, the colors are straight out of the camera.
Ironically, outside of roads, I used to do everything possible to avoid all other human elements in a photograph if I could help it. But with this, the mile markers were as much a part of the landscape as the red dirt.#canon #canon40d #canonphotographer #mycanonstory #canonwhatelse #visitcalifornia #california #northerncalifornia #norcalpulse #redwoodempire #northcoast #visitmendocino #mendocinocounty #country_features #countryroads #eburchphotography #spring #2020 #covid19diaries