Sunday, June 13, 2010
Reflecting on the light
With summer temperatures rising Alice and I headed to Mount Tamalpais for this week's hike. Our original plan for a trip to Muir Woods was changed by a marathon running through that part of the trail so instead we took a stroll around the mountain's Phoenix Lake.
The temperatures were cooler but we were greeted by humidity making for a sticky hike. The lake is part of the of the Mount Tamalpias Watershed and is used as a drinking water supply for nearby communities. The dirt trail is narrow in spots as it follows the lake from above. We packed our macro lenses as we hoped for some wildflowers along the trail.
Wanting to experiment a little I had read about setting digital camera settings to boost the saturation, sharpness, contrast and color tone for more vivid color reproduction. I tried it out on the trail and was pleased with the pictures which definitely seemed to "pop" more with vibrant color and tone.
It was a good hike taking in the lake views, wildflowers and one hungry river otter. Our next hike is up in the air, maybe a a trip to Angel Island or even Half Moon bay as we look for a way to beat the summer heat headed our way.