Salton Sea

Salton Sea

Salton Sea 027 by Matt HalvorsonI have never been out to the Salton Sea but I got a chance last weekend to get out there with my Aunt. Interesting place with an interesting smell to go with it. When I got out I thought the beach was a nice pretty white sand but as soon as I started walking on it I noticed it was white because of the fish bones. As I walked the beach I could feel the bones crunching under my shoes. This photo doesn’t show how dirty and how much junk was just sitting around from all the abandoned junk. I zoomed pass the slime and tire in the water to shoot this shot. It is sad that such a large area with water is so undesirable but I guess at the same time this shouldn’t exist. For those of you who don’t know anything about the Salton Sea it was created by an accident. They were diverting water from the Colorado River and in 1905 there was a large amount of rain and snow melt that made the Colorado River overflow the canal headgetes and for a period of about 2 years the Colorado River flooded this area. This area is about 200 feet below sea level so there is no outlet which created the largest lake in California and causes the lake to get higher and higher in salt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salton_Sea

The setup:
Fairly simple other then I used a very open aperture because I was hand holding my shot and I wanted to make sure the bird was crisp in the foreground. I didn’t care if the back ground went out of focus and with my distance to the bird I would have about 20 feet in focus.

ISO: 100 | F/2.8 | Shutter: 1/320 | FL: 70mm

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