Sunday, October 12, 2014

Photographing At The Bench - Stallion Springs, California

Light Rays - Stallion Springs, California
There is a great and somewhat secret photography location in my neighborhood not too far down the road from my house. It is called "the bench" and the view is of the southern end of California's Central Valley from about 4,000' above.

This place is found down a fairly nondescript dead-end road. Near the end of the road is a little dirt pullout big enough for probably two cars, perhaps three cars if they're small. A small dirt trail takes you forty or fifty steps to the bench (which is literally a wood bench).

The view from the bench is spectacular. Easily visible are parts of the historic Tejon Ranch. Central California farming and orange groves can be seen. If you know where to look you can spot The Grapevine off in the distance. On the other side of the valley are mountains.

All of the photographs in this post I captured at the bench. I used different cameras, including a Sigma DP2 Merrill, Nikon D3200, Nikon D3300 and Nokia Lumia 1020. Does it matter which came from which? No. Can you tell? Probably not. Vision matters, equipment does not.
Gold Above The Valley - Stallion Springs, California
It's A Long Ways Down - Stallion Springs, California
Down Below - Stallion Springs, California
Central Valley Vista Monochrome - Stallion Springs, California
Tejon View - Stallion Springs, California
Hill Valley - Stallion Springs, California
Rays Over The Valley - Stallion Springs, California
This View Never Gets Old - Stallion Springs, California
Ascending Storm Over The Central Valley - Stallion Springs, California
Evening Light Over Central Valley - Stallion Springs, California
Central Valley Vista - Stallion Springs, California
Purple Hills - Stallion Springs, California
Mountain Oaks - Stallion Springs, California
Hazy Sunset - Stallion Springs, California

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