Mt. Madonna / by Let It Be Raw

Sometime during winter, 2006/7, I hiked off-trail with John, Paul, and Eric. It is one of the best hikes I have ever been on, next to another hike in Mt. Madonna that involved trespassing and a stagnant lake. Adventuring with a camera is difficult because I put myself second to the camera. If I fall, I hold the camera up in the air from damage. If Eric accidentally pushes a falling tree towards me, I shield the camera. Needless to say, after this hike I was very bruised and scratched. Photographing in the forest is another challenge. Besides the safety of the camera, the lighting is usually fairly dark from shadows, which is why many of these photos are so soft and pale looking. I used slow exposures and was probably not balanced well where ever I was standing which gives softer rather than sharper images. The colors are mixed with purples and blues of shadows, which gives most of the photos an unreal color palate.