What Makes a Place a Place?

When photographing a landscape or a building or some other location you ask yourself: what is the thing about that place that makes it that place. A place that isn’t any other place.

While driving aimlessly in San Diego last month, I came across an open spot in the Torry Pines Hills. It provided a view looking out over the beach at La Jolla. An impressive view at that.

I also noticed there was nearby parking. Parking had been a challenge all day so that made an impression.

I decided to come back closer to sunset and see what the conditions would be like.

Late that afternoon I set up the camera on my tripod at the viewpoint and waited. And waited. And waited.

I never did get the conditions I was hoping for but, as usual, I took about a hundred photos as the light changed through all it’s gradations as the sun went down.

I ended up with two photos of La Jolla that seemed to me to be fairly representational. The one above is the one I would choose to represent the place. It invokes for me the feeling I had when I was there.

The second photo (below) is more true-to-life. The first image is more photoshopped than the second. Even so, to me it says “California sunset at La Jolla” more than the other one.

why? I’m not sure. Maybe you know? Maybe you disagree?

Both photos are available for ordering as prints here…

10-11-2014 La Jolla 2

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