Bottom Lands 3 - Upper Las Virgenes Open SpaceBottomland  – Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space, Calabasas, California, USA

Approaching the trail head of Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space, one is confronted by a nondescript chain link fence and a large orange sign. Walk through the gate at sunrise in spring, and you will be treated to the panorama above. Continue along the winding path, and it just keeps getting better and better.

copyright 2012 O. Bisogno Scotti  All Rights Reserved.

Nikon D3 DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/22.0, 1/30 sec., exposure index: none, ISO 200, Exposure Program: Aperture Priority,  capture date: 4/15/2012, 7:20 am,  Nikon MC-20 remote cable, Manfrotto 3221 tripod with Manfrotto 3265 pistol grip ball head,


33 thoughts on “Bottomland

  1. This looks like it was a beautiful warm spring day. I presume this was late afternoon. I like the depth the shadows are giving the bushes and hillside almost a black & white effect but in colour. Does that make sense? The rich blue of the sky with the sun soon to set.

    A place I would dearly love to explore with my camera of course.
    You live in an utterly stunning state,with its vistas like this and the diversification of your wonderful city.
    Though my city is diversified, we do not celebrate this as well as LA does.

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    • Thanks for commenting Natures’ Child.

      April 15, 2012 was a beautiful warm spring day, but still chilly at 7:20 am when this was captured. Hint: If an image was captured digitally, you will find the capture date and time at the bottom of the post along with the other technical data.

      Yes that does make sense. You can get carried away with trying to capture all the shadow detail possible. Sometimes it is more dramatic to let the shadows go black. This is determined on an image by image basis. Also the shrubs in the foreground are in a completely different light than the rest of the scene.

      As everyone knows by now, I fought for years to keep this tract of land out of the hands of developers so this place is my little piece of heaven.

      California is amazing. I rode my motorcycle from Los Angeles to Alaska and some of the most stunning scenery on that trip was in California. Los Angeles is the epitome of an American melting pot, and by and large everyone gets along. Wouldn’t it be incredibly boring to live in a city where everyone was of the same ethnicity?

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    • EvilPoet: I’m glad you liked it. I have stopped and looked at this scene many times, but this particular morning the light was perfect.

      Landscape Photography by O. Bisogno Scotti


  2. Everything about and in this image is exquisite. The light, the shadows, the rich texture, the color and variety of the flora, the velvet hillsides, but my favorite characters in this epic are the bare black bark trees. They look like dancers raising their arms to the sky in celebration of the pure beauty in which they subsist.

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    • This is where the Las Virgenes river which begins at a spring high up in the Santa Monica Mountains slows, spreads out, and eventually sinks into the bottom land soil. After years of fighting to save this land, I am full of passion for the grassy open space stretching out before me from Calabasas all the way to Simi Valley and I think that passion reflects in this image.

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