(California, 2007. Image copyright Hamish Reid. Click on image above for larger version).
I don't usually do serious landscapes in Death Valley I'm there a fair bit, but other photographers do a much better job than I do. And I don't really have an eye for the scenic that people like Mostly Landscape
's Tony and Pam Bamford do (yes, they're friends of mine, we've done a trip or two together, and I'm always bowled over by just how damn good their prints and images are in real life). But every now and then I can't help it, and somehow I see a scene that's both scenic and has at least some of the elements of my obsessions in it.
In this case it was after a stroll up Golden Canyon, late morning, not yet particularly hot, and as always, it wasn't so much the scenery that attracted me, as the geometry and textures. For me this view would be nothing without that road cutting through it; but for most people it's that road that spoils the real-life scene.
And, as always, for me there's evocation of the heat, the dryness, and the slight breeze (and the later desert wind in the afternoon) and the noise of the passing cars every now and then, and the sheer stillness of the approaching midday
(Oakland, 2007. Image copyright Hamish Reid; click on image above for larger version).
Sometimes the endless blue Californian skies can feel a little creepy or oppressive, and I just turn them grey in my mind, or more prosaically, with Photoshop. Dramatic, no? It's a pity it's not real
(whatever that means it's real enough to me, more real than the seamless skies of the California Dream some of the time. And that factory's real enough another looming icon in my neighbourhood
(Yes, only the sky was manipulated; everything else was untouched).