Leave as is please…

August 10, 2010 § 4 Comments

Humans just cannot seem to leave well enough alone.

An example of this is Oat Mountain, a mountain in the Santa Monica Mountain range. It is owned by the gas company, and the peak is home to telecommunications, so it has been spoiled.

Aside from that fact, well enough cannot be left alone. I recently went up there for the first time in about 18 months (I have been going there since I was a toddler), and of course brought my camera.

This photo was taken in February 2008, and note the wall on the right of the photo:

Oat Mountain

I took the following last weekend, July 2010.

Oat-5

Now, Oat Mountain is kind of a hike to the top, and the only way that someone can get to it in a car is by owning a key (which not to many people have access to).

I am sad that someone would travel to the top of the peak, with spray paint, just to deface a wall that very few people will see.

I noticed when looking through my Flickr set of Oat, that the scenery has changed (of course), but so has my eye.
In February 2008, I was taking photos like this:
Oat Mountain

And in July 2010, I took a photo like this:
Oat Mountain

Now, for those of you that say, “What kind of camera is that? It takes such good pictures!” the first photo was taken with m first SLR, a Canon Rebel XTi. The last photo was taken with my iPhone.

Quite interesting to compare the type of photography and to see my growth as a photographer.

A couple of my favorites from this latest trip up there:

Oat-1

Oat-2

Of course I found the flowers on the otherwise brown mountain.

I’m also experimenting a little bit with some Lightroom presets and customizing:

Oat-10

This aged tone really spoke to me for this photo, because the tree is old, and the surrounding vegetation is brown anyway. I always think warmly of Oat Mountain because it has been part of my life, so this tone reflected my warm fuzzies for it as well.

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