27-JAN-11: Isla Bartolome
Today was an early start, around 6am. Katie warned me the night before that she would be cranky, and her prediction was accurate. After a few gentle attempts to wake her, I realized the wiser strategy would’ve been to leave her alone.
The goal for this morning was a low peak at the top of Bartolome Island that has a nice view of some of the surrounding islands with a mid-ground of a bay with an odd rock formation. The shot is below.
I understand the theory of landscape photography: 70% of the photo is your foreground (meaning that’s what you spend all your time trying to find), 20% is the back-ground, and 10% is the sky (unless the clouds are super awesome). Foreground? Just dirt. Acres of dirt. Dirt everywhere. Oh, also our shadows. The sky? Super boring, and with all that dirt in the foreground, I included way too much sky. Only choice was a) to crop the top and the bottom and have a thin shot, like I did above, or b) put people in the foreground. Which doesn’t interest me. Karina took some of Katie and me posing in front of the fence, though.
Honestly, I could’ve passed on this hike. Katie and I both wish she had: on the way up, she was getting badly winded, probably because of the pregnancy. On the way down, she lost her footing and twisted her foot.