Salton Sunrise

These photographs were made in the Spring of 2010 on the shore of the Salton Sea in Southern California. They were captured during the few brief minutes that were the peak of the “golden light”.

This stretch of the Salton Sea shoreline is 90 miles (145 km) from my home in the city of Riverside. I rose early in the darkness and rode the motorcycle east through Banning, the San Gorgonio Pass, Palm Springs, then Indio to arrive at this site twenty minutes before the rising light, then waited, drinking coffee from the thermos in the saddlebag and listening to the calls of pelicans and gulls traveling across the water.

The equipment I used was a Nikon D200 with a 18mm – 105mm VR lens.