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09.24.2012

Eye Scene: Photographer, Ryuichi Oshimoto Travels with Sigma Camera & Lenses by Ryuichi Oshimoto

Morning light reflects off the grain tanks on the Carrizo Plain, the largest grassland in California, in the early morning in May. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 30mm F1.4 EX DC /HSM

On the way from I-5 to State Road 166, I drove past large orange groves. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM @ 16mm

This closed down gas station was a marker for Soda Lake Road going through Carrizo Plain. I used the external flash to highlight the sign against the strong sunlight. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM @ 17mm

This white lake is mostly dry throughout the entire year. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM @8mm

A farming technique with only the use of rainwater called dryland farming was used to cultivate wheat and barley at Traver Ranch. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 30mm F1.4 EX DC /HSM

A decomposing grain tank. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM @43mm

Remnants of a tower at a ranch. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM @136mm

The vast landscape of Elkhorn Scarp. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with DP2x

Dry Wash. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM @26mm

The grain tanks cast shadows by the time I returned. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Carrizo Plain turns golden. In the background, Elkhorn Scarp and beyond, Temblor Range can be seen. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

Hiding behind the cattle crossing sign, the external flash was used to highlight the sign. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM @38mm

This looked like a ranch turned into a campground. The two disappeared into the sunset. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM @182mm

The sunlight faintly remains on the plain. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with DP2x

The moon was bright and the air was quiet. It was a calm night. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM @20mm

The sun peeked its face in the eastern mountains. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

I drive through the rustic dirt road and cross the San Andreas Fault. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM

Crossing Elkhorn Scarp, the landscape opens up into a vast, lush plain with Temblor Range in the background. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

This ranger expressed her love for this area. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with DP1x

Cables ran from the Goodwin Education Center through Soda Lake. The increasing temperature created a mysterious heat wave. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM

The ranch’s fence and grass were a familiar landscape at Carrizo Plain. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

My trip on Soda Lake Road across the Carrizo Plain is coming to an end. © 2012 Ryuichi Oshimoto, taken with 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM

*All artwork on this page was taken with Sigma’s SD1 Merrill camera and Sigma’s DP series digital compact cameras and processed from RAW data (X3F) with Sigma PhotoPro software. After processing, some selected images were imported into retouching software to remove dust. This photo essay is currently running on Sigma Japan’s site and it is published here two months later.

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