Photographer's Note

If agonizing for hours about which shot to post and trying to get it just right qualifies as "enjoyment"... then I am greatly enjoying being a member here!

Seriously, though... I consider this image (at least, the original 35mm Fuji Velvia slide) among the best frames I've ever shot. ScanCafe, though, apparently had some trouble figuring it out, because their scan does not do justice to the original, which was fairly evenly exposed and crisp enough to see stars in the sky.

Still, I wanted to share this and took it as an opportunity to exercise the PP techniques I am trying to learn. The underexposed scan was very noisy, so it was an easy decision to go monochrome.

This was a magical night. We were with the Green Tortoise tour ( and had driven the very rough road from San Ignacio to the laguna -- it took us 4 hours to cover 40 miles. (That road has since been paved!) We arrived as night fell, made camp, and cooked dinner.

California Gray Whales migrate to the lagunas of Baja in January to give birth and nurse their young for a few months before returning north to Alaska, and we were scheduled to go whale-watching the next day. We had not yet seen a whale, but in the quiet night between the slaps of a gentle surf, we could hear them... surfacing, breathing, and singing.

These bones had been piled on a concrete slab near the water. I set the camera on the slab, stopped it down, and opened the shutter. The exposure here is likely 30 seconds or more.

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