September 14, 2011

Cat Tails at Phoenix Lake, Marin County, California

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photo by Donald Kinney

Well, I was a little bit surprised by how many people liked my cat-tails from Phoenix Lake, up behind the tiny town of Ross, here in Marin County. But many said "wow", so I guess this is the type of subject people like.

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photo by Donald Kinney

Looking almost "tasty"--like hot dogs at the lake...

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photo by Donald Kinney

But I must tell you how easy these shots were to shoot. I just used a wide aperture for limited depth of field and I tried not to over-expose my shots. My shutter speed was sufficiently fast so I didn't use a tripod.

The most difficult part of it was the hike getting there. A trail that gets progressively steeper with 20 steps at the very end that are tough. Other than that, it's just a matter of walking by these stately plants, and pointing and shooting. The cat-tails at Phoenix Lake are a piece-of-cake.

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Anonymous said...

Wow, wow and wow. I LOOOOOVE the orange with the green. Never seen such pretty cat tails. Makes me want to go shoot some now.

How you liking that new camera?


AphotoAday said...

The new 5D Mark2 is really cool, and especially with the second generation of the f2.8 70-200 II I.S. "L" zoom...
And yep, you should be able to find some cat-tails in Ohio... I would guess... Load up on inspiration and go for it...

Hooly said...

Here's the frustrating thing about your site: I had to wait a WHOLE DAY to tell you these cattails are stunning! I don't believe it is necessarily that cattails are a great subject, but your composition and tech skills that capture their special beauty are perfect. I've taken a few of Oklahoma cattails, and they just look like interesting weeds. I have never seen these colors. Thank you!

photowannabe said...

Love the colors and the line composition Don.
These shots were worth the hike.

Civic Center said...

What Hooly said. I don't care about cat tails but the photo is mysteriously beautiful.

Anonymous said...

Great colors! The third one is the best; balances the lines, colors, and focus/blur perfectly!

Tomate Farcie said...

Love the last shot. Superb series!

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