Lake Of Fire by T.M. Schultze

December 2015 Photo of the Month: Lake of Fire

My December 2015 Photo of the Month is Lake of Fire, an image made at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve.

Lake Of Fire by T.M. Schultze

Lake Of Fire by T.M. Schultze

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As I like to say, to be a great photographer, you need to own your own backyard.  For me, this means taking advantage of living next-door to Santee Lakes.  In the Winter, with clouds hanging and a low-aligned sun, it really is possible to get this kind of scene several times during the season.

This has become a ritual for me, getting home from the office, then running outside with my camera and tripod to capture the sun after it sets.  There is a strip of land separating Lakes 1 and 2.  I like to darken this area because it keeps distractions in the image to a minimum, and the black provides an excellent contrast with the sky.

Many of these images are made while I am still wearing business clothing.  I usually have to park my car, run inside to grab my camera, then spring across the street.  Whatever it takes to get the image, I don’t need style points!

When I made the image, I didn’t realize there was a bird flying just above the trails of Mission Trails from my vantage-point, so that became an extra treat when processing the image.

December is always a tough month for me photographically, because my daughter is here for the holidays and all of the work involved with celebrating takes a lot of time.  We also travelled to Colorado, where I thought for sure I would make a keeper.  As it turned out, the image I made right next to my home is the photograph I went with for the December Photo of the Month.

As always, thank you for reading, and I hope you enjoy the image.


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