Island & Streaks
Dense fog is a rarity in Southern California. When it comes a photographer needs to explore the possibilities no matter what.
I was driving home at 2 AM after shooting another excellent show in LA by my friends Fight From Above when suddenly this bank of fog engulfed my car. Hardly able to see I crawled the last 10 miles to my house barely able to contain my excitement!
When I pulled into my driveway I left the engine running as I ran into the house, grabbed a battery and a memory card. I knew this was an excellent opportunity to photograph some really unique images in Fillmore; the streets would be empty, illuminated only by the light filtering through this gift of weather.
I wandered around the town so slowly a passerby (if there were any up at that time) would think my car was broken. My eyes scanned every nook and cranny for light and shadows. As I rolled to a stop adjacent to the high school I glanced to my right and knew I’d found my image. The scattered street lights beaming down in clearly defined cones with a little touch of color in the background.
I thought my photographic fortune that night had ended. Not content with assumptions, however, I wandered the desolate cityscape into areas of Fillmore I wasn’t aware existed. A new development had recently been completed, along with new trees and running paths.
The drive down this new road was uneventful at first. A couple of scenes appeared but neither really captured what I was looking for. Unsatisfied with what I had found I began to leave. Then I looked in my mirror and found the perfect specimen.