David Whitney French Photography | The Dying Sea

The Dying Sea

December 05, 2016  •  Leave a Comment


So I took the Olympus OMD EM5 out to the Salton Sea today. I have been out there before, but this time, I wanted to test out a new lens, look around and take in a location that, at one time, held promise as a booming resort community. The Salton Sea started out as an accident of sorts, back in 1905. Apparently, a canal was diverted the wrong way and overflowed, causing the sea to develop. By 1920, fish were introduced and soon the sea became a tourist spot. By 1950 however, the sea started to have its water diverted more and more and eventually, the flow of fresh water to the sea was cut off by the railroad. Slowly but surely, the sea became more and more salty, so much so, that the fish that were introduced became unsafe for human consumption. Today, as seen in these photographs, the sea continues to recede and much of the area surrounding the sea is a ghost town.



Many parts of the Salton Sea shoreline still have numerous birds, and you can hear the gulls as they fly over the beach.


Be careful walking, as one step the wrong way took me into a sink hole and I actually fell forward and had to crawl out of a pit that swallowed my entire leg, nearly up to the knee.




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I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!