Serenity on the Salton Sea


Sunset on the Salton Sea

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Today we go back to the Salton Sea.  This image was taken back in January while on a two day camping trip to the Joshua Tree National park area.  

Our final day had us combing the shores of Bombay Beach shooting everything from encrusted piers to stunning sunsets.  As I had mentioned in an earlier post this is definitely a place to visit if you are ever in the Palm Springs area.  The combination of dilapidated buildings, salt, and dead fish are just too good to miss.

My photograph above was a 90 second exposure using a 10 stop filter.   I love the contrast of the old posts sticking out of the silky smooth water.  It seems to add just enough disturbance to a peaceful scene.

Until next time…


Camera: Canon 40D with a Canon 17-40L

Processing: Lightroom 3, CS5, Phototools 2.6




  1. Len Saltiel March 7, 2012 at 9:23 am #

    This is a terrific image Chris. The reflections, color and light are spot on. I have to visit this place.

  2. A.Barlow March 7, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    Very cool man! I have a about 10 shots in this exact spot with almost the same framing. Wasn’t sure about it though. Seeing your though gives me a few ideas. This is awesome man!

  3. Curt Fleenor March 7, 2012 at 9:49 am #

    Serenity defined. This place is absolutely on my bucket-list!

  4. LensScaper March 7, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    Love the monochromatic colours in this. Serene absolutely. Nice work.

  5. Mark Summerfield March 7, 2012 at 12:02 pm #

    This is a wonderful image, Chris. The monochromatic colors and those great reflections together form a wonderfully peaceful feeling to this image.

  6. Jimi Jones March 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm #

    Stunning image here, Chris. Love the tones and of course, that awesome water reflection. Too tough! ;-)

  7. Scott Ackerman March 7, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    Awesome bud! Nice work.

    • Chris March 7, 2012 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanx Scott. You guys survive the weather in KS? If so, did you get any good shots? :)

  8. Chris Nitz March 7, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

    Holy cow is this ever nice. The 90sec exposure makes for some super smooth water!

  9. Clif March 7, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    Great shot, Chris! It sure makes me want to add a 10 stop filter to my kit.

  10. Chantal March 8, 2012 at 2:41 am #

    what a stunning phtoto

  11. Rich McPeek March 8, 2012 at 3:48 am #

    Gorgeous shot Chris! Love the colors and reflections!

  12. Steven Perlmutter March 8, 2012 at 7:06 am #

    Stunning long exposure Chris. The more shots I see of this place, the more I want to go there myself.

  13. Dave DiCello March 8, 2012 at 12:17 pm #

    Looks so peaceful Chris! Beautiful tones too

  14. Edith Levy March 9, 2012 at 8:42 am #

    This is a beautiful image Chris. I love the soft pastel colors.

  15. Otto von Münchow March 15, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    A beautiful landscape photo.

  16. Anne McKinnell March 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    This is in Joshua Tree? When I first saw it I thought Mono Lake! Interesting. I love the peace and calm in this image.

    • cfrailey March 31, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

      Hi Anne. The Salton Sea is south of Joshua Tree Park. It is a very interesting place.

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