2020 Leap Year – Canyon walk

02-29-20 Trabuco Cyn KI6A3703

Today, Saturday, February 29th, is that odd day that shows up on the calendar every four years that signifies Leap Year. So as good as any reason for a title for this post.

Maybe why a walk down into the adjacent canyon that was meant to go for an hour ended up lasting over two hours. Just a weird day.

By chance I noticed this floating “still life” in a little stream running parallel to my pathway and when I turned to study it further, I caught the overcast light reflections in the water. If this had been a traditional bright sunny SoCal day, I suspect that the highlights might have appeared differently, so the slightly overcast lighting was ideal.

Interestingly when I was composing this photograph, I was pre-visualizing the final image in black & white. Not sure why, but in post-processing I was not satisfied with the black & white conversion. When I turned off the black & white conversion layer, the resulting color image was quite visually striking. I think it has some lyrical qualities, and at this time, it does not represent anything more than what you see. As you might suspect, I also used my wide-open aperture narrow focus process, which is working for me with this image. Just a nice trail photograph that reminds me of my very pleasant walk thru the canyon today and probably would make a really nice 24 x 30″ print.


Featured photograph: Untitled (Trabuco Canyon) copyright 2020 Douglas Stockdale

Upcoming events:

Medium Photo 2020 Workshop: Developing a Creative Book workshop that I will be leading from March, 19-22, 2020, a four-day extended weekend workshop in San Diego (workshop registration is still open and some spots are still available)

Medium Photo 2020 Lecture Series, I will be giving a one-evening lecture Artist Books as Art Objects on March 20th, from 7:30 – 9pm at the You Belong Here artist venue, located at 3619 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, California 92104.

Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) Faculty Exhibition, in Los Angeles at the new LACP gallery, located at 566 Washington Blvd. The exhibition opening and reception is Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 7-10pm. The exhibition runs until May 12.


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