During the last couple of weeks I’ve been out shooting in several locales from Sea Ranch south to Jenner. On each occasion I had an idea in mind of what I wanted to shoot, either a specific location or a particular subject. What I found happening, as it often does, was that on the way to my “Destination” I discovered things far more interesting and intriguing than what I found when I finally got there, if I got there at all. This also explains why these images, taken as a whole, don’t necessarily relate to one another except that they are what I call “On-the-Way” pictures; you know, pictures you take while you’re on the way to your main destination. The trick to OTW images is being open to seeing them while your head is focused on some great idea further down the trail.
The first image was taken at Walk On Beach here in Sea Ranch. I think I was heading out there to shoot some sunsets but along the way I shot this nice weathered rock outcrop reflecting the setting sun. The sky wasn’t really providing much drama for the sunset, but I liked the contrast of the cool blue water and the warm light on the rocks.
The next two images were taken a little north of Jenner along Highway 1. I never quite made it all the way down to Jenner that day because I was too busy playing and hiking along the bluff capturing these panos. I was using my 24-70mm lens so I shot each pano at 70mm. In the first image I used the camera in the horizontal orientation but in the second image, looking down-coast toward Jenner and Bodega Bay, I oriented the cameral vertically on the tripod. This gives you a much taller pano and really provided some broad views of the ocean and winding coastline.
The last three images were taken here on Sea Ranch near Black Point. I went down there to shoot whales so I had my 70-200mm lens with a 2x telextender. Well, no whales but I did manage to smell a few roses along the way. The last image I had already posted on Facebook, but wanted to do a little more work on it before I posted it final.
It has taken me a while to learn the value of the OTW image, and being open to opportunities as they present themselves allowed me to expand my horizons and my vision as a photographer. I often just grab my camera and head out somewhere with no particular destination in mind. You might not even have the right lens on for what you find, but making the best of it with what’s on your camera also sharpens ones skills.
I especially hope my friends and family back in LI will enjoy these images as a brief respite from yet another snow storm bearing down on them. Stay safe!!!
Equipment: Nikon D3s; Nikkor 17-35mm f2.8 lens, 24-70mm f2.8 lens, and 70-200mm f2.8 lens with Nikkor 2x telextender; Oben Tripod