Sunset on the Salton Sea

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40 f/4 l, 17mm, iso 100, f/16, 1/4 sec // buy print)

The sunset the night before in Joshua Tree was without a single cloud anywhere. It was like that video Sh*t Photographers say. All we did was whine about no clouds.

Perhaps I whined the loudest, I don’t remember. I’m sure my five compadres would verify it for you.

But it was like the lack of clouds that night was completely justified because of what we saw the very next evening. We couldn’t have asked for anything better. Almost completely still waters on the Salton Sea…a beautiful sky and an amazing reflection of the setting sun.

It was one of those moments when you just kind of stand and look at it in awe. It was so quiet. So peaceful. So beautiful. Which was a strange juxtaposition because this is the Salton Sea. There are dead fish floating in the water. How can something so disturbing be so amazing?

It was though.


  • John Sotiriou

    WOW! Nothing more needs to be said about this image.

  • Jesse

    Boom, love it. So minimal and awesome.

  • A.Barlow

    Amazing sir! And yeah, don’t feel bad, I whine about the clouds ALL THE TIME!

  • Alyse

    love the pics!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Yeah, you whined the most… And pouted… (We all whined too…) 🙂 This looks fantastic. That second sunset definitely made up for the night before!

  • Rich McPeek

    Beautiful shot Mike! The colors are amazing!

  • Rick

    If you’re not whinng, your lips ain’t moving! Nice grab Mike.

  • Adam Allegro

    Mike, this is gorgeous. Looks as if those clouds are coming straight from hell, full or fire and anger. Well shot and processed buddy.

  • Erik Kerstenbeck

    I love the grunginess of The Salton Sea – greater work here