Posted for Leya’s Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #71 – Creepy.
This was something of a strange sunset to begin with, before I took my figurative “paint brush” to it. It had the unusual dark swirly spot in the middle, which I don’t often see in our sunset sky. I decided to amp up the intensity of that center to the max, and then experimented with the color curves for a long time. If you look closely, you can see some streaks of pale yellow in the lighter pink area under the spot, and if you look very closely, you can see the black tip of a church steeple in the lower left corner where the fuchsia blends into cosmic orange. Add to that the cosmic orange in the top two corners and the bottom bowl-like curvature, and I was finally happy with the result.
I had a lot of fun playing with color for this week’s challenge from K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge: Color Me Cosmic. Stay turned for more this week.
A Partial View of Lake Merritt From the Roof of My Building (the 23rd floor)
August 15, 2019
Posted for CitySonnet’s August’s photo a day: moon
For a few more minutes
I live in a city so my Lakeshore photos are going to be a bit different than most. We are incredibly lucky here in Oakland, California to have Lake Merritt available to all residents and visitors. Lake Merritt is in fact a natural salt water lagoon, although with the construction of a dam in 1865 between the estuary of the San Francisco Bay and the tidal lagoon, water levels of the lake were able to be more controlled. That means that the salinity of the lake could be reduced, opening the lake not only to wetland birds but also to fresh water fowl such as ducks. Over the last 100+ years, the land around the lake has been build up with apartments and high rise offices buildings. None-the-less, Lake Merritt offers respite, wild life, and sanctuary for all who come. It is known as The Jewel of Oakland.
Here is a daytime view of the lake taken from the north shore looking south east toward some of the wetlands.
This photo was taken from the north-east end of the lake, looking toward the western shore.
And finally, looking toward the south western shore at twilight.