Seal Point Park


Tags: abstract b&w

It was a hot and windy day. I visited Seal Point Park in San Mateo, CA. Apparently it is a popular location for windsurfing. I was not aware of this, so I was surprised by the mass amount of constant wind blowing at my back. It also was not the prettiest time of the year to visit (Doh!). The park was filled with nothing but dead grass and it was a rather hot spring day. It was the middle of the day too which is typically not the best time for taking pictures outdoors. Harsh light and strong shadows make it difficult to get pleasing light.

I don’t get a lot of time to take photos. I work full-time, and it’s difficult to get out after a day of work. This is especially true in the winter time when it gets dark at 5 PM. The weekend is typically when I get out to take photos and typically during the middle of the day. This location probably wasn’t the best choice, but the park did contain some interesting sculptures.

Black and white sculpture photo

Using the sun to my advantage, I was able to use it as a strong back-light. It was a metal sculpture with no paint. Since the material was rather drab by itself I decided to go with black and white. Pulling the cyan and blue brightness down heavily gave it a nice vignetting. I’m usually not a fan of heavy vignettes, but I do like the look when working with black and white. Unfortunately this was the only photo I was able to get out of this location.

Even with disappointing trips like this one I was still able to get something out of it. Trying to find a way to work with what you’ve got is always a good exercise. The challenge of viewing something in a different way, in order to make it more visually interesting, helps expand the possibilities. While Seal Point Park wasn’t the most beautiful park, it was a good experience of making the best of something.