California East Bay Hills in Summer by Matt Tilghman

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In many ways, summer is my least favorite season to photograph in California’s Bay Area. The grass dies, the clouds vanish, and thick fog shrouds the coastline. It becomes quite a challenge to find scenes to photograph which don’t all end up looking the same. However, summer is one of my favorite seasons to be photographing in the Bay Area. While the landscape lacks the drama of winter, it possesses a unique sereneness. At sunset, the sun is bright and cheerful, yet gentle. The winds are crisp, but not spiteful. It’s a great time and place to be outside. That is what I hope this photo captures — the splendor of the experience of the East Bay in summer, not so much the landscape.

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My life is driven by the urge to observe, and process those observations. This has pushed me to pursue my PhD in scientific research, which is my current day job. It also profoundly influences my photography. This is why I often visit locations so many times — I don’t feel I can know the landscape’s personality until I’ve observed a large sample of the location’s weather, flora, seasons, etc. Only then can I understand what makes the place truly special, and begin to capture it.

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