the salton sea . welcome to smell
the salton sea is basically a 376 square mile lake created by accident. back in 1905, heavy rainfall and snowmelt swelled the colorado river to the point that it breached a dike and began spilling out of control. this spill continued for 2 years leaving all the water in the lowest point, which happend to be a huge salt flat in the middle of the desert. the salton sea is the largest lake in california. the really fascinating part of it's history is that in the 20's it became a huge tourist destination and hot spot for big names like bob hope and frank sinatra. as time went on, the salinity of the water in the lake (which is now much saltier than the ocean) mixed with chemical runoff from neighboring agriculture areas began to make the water too toxic. by the 70's salton sea's prime had past and it began to fall into disrepair and ruin.
ah ruin, a photographer's best friend :) trying to document the salton sea is almost a exercise in futility....pictures cannot truly capture the sheer grandness, weirdness, and smelliness of it all. but it sure is fun to try...
here are a few from the day....you can also check out the whole slideshow by CLICKING HERE!
i am not going to edit photos. i am not going to email. i am not going to devlop marketing plans. i am not going to answer the cell phone. i am not going to design a wedding album. i am not going to tech support a million random office problems. i am not going to surf the web. i am not going to stress.
today, i am going to be a photographer.
today i am heading out on a mini mancation with doug b and jay reilly to the salton sea for a day of fun, exploration, and picture taking. as our photo business continues to flourish it becomes harder and harder to find the time to do photography for photography's sake. the kind the made me fall in love with this wonderful medium....that kind that was only for me. so today i head out to try to rekindle a bit of that flame. wish me luck...
here is a picture i took back in 2002 at salton sea...on film! stay tuned for some more current images tomorrow!
let's face it, we all know the planet is going to hell in a handbasket faster than we could imagine. the problem of global warming is so big that it seems so daunting to everyone...including our government. well every journey starts with a step....here is a small one we can all take :)
we all contribute to global warming. we all have a "carbon footprint," the total carbon dioxide emissions we create when we drive or fly or use electricity. the first step we can take to fight global warming is to reduce our carbon footprint through conservation. drive less. turn down the thermostat. buy locally produced goods. then use TerraPass to reduce your carbon footprint all the way to zero. when you buy a TerraPass, your money funds renewable energy projects such as wind farms. these projects result in verified reductions in greenhouse gas pollution that counterbalance your own emissions.
what a fantastic idea! to couterbalance the carbon footprint from our two cars, home and studio cost us about $250 per year....a small price to pay for the good of this beautiful planet! another cool thing terra pass has done is partner with expedia so when you purchase a flight, you can simultaneously purchase credits to offset the carbon emissions! oh, and another cool thing...if you're anything like us, you have an old cell phone or two laying around the house right? well you can turn your old cell phone into a free terra pass! by sending in your old cell phone for recycling you get a treehugger double whammy! the cell phone is recycled so it doesn't end up in some landfill and you get a terra pass to help promote renewable energy and fight global warming.
for any of you long time blog fans, you might remember the actual proposal of kiko to susan we were honored to capture back in april. well it was finally time for us to shoot kiko and susan's "normal" engagement session on saturday! we took them to our new fun shooting spot (the middle school down the street) for a very fun casual session. it's always fun to go to a place we've been before and try to come up with something new! we're SOOOOO looking forward to thier wedding in solvang later this year!!!
here is a SUPER SIMPLE way to help! we buy tons of music every month on the iTunes store to keep us jamming while we're at work in the studio. well apple is now offering these awesome product (RED) iTunes cards! we just purchased four $25 cards, of which apple will donate $10 to the global fund....simple! pick some up today to help add to your music library or give as gifts...they sure beat giving out more starbucks cards! (RED) iTunes cards also match perfectly with the new (RED) iPod nano :)
samantha's maternity portrait
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