There is nothing more exciting than exploring new and unknown locations that offer hidden precious photographic opportunities. The Lexington Reservoir, located in the Santa Cruz Mountains above the Town of Los Gatos, California turned out to be just such a place. Its main attractions include hiking trails in the hills with good views of the reservoir and of Silicon Valley and an artificial lake that serves as a water supply for the area and is used for rowing, paddling, fishing, and since Jan. 29, 2019, boating.
All images were made with an iPhone 8 Plus and stylized in post-production with Photoshop. I applied textures and cinematic effects to make these images look more painterly and intriguing, consistent with a style that I have been developing in the last couple of years. The body of work won a silver award (2nd place) in the Fine Art category at the 5th Fine Art Photography Awards.
Fine Art Photography Awards is one of the largest award-giving bodies for a community of artists ushering an era of new trends in the world of photography. Created in 2014, this competition is a melting pot for people where passion, interest, sense of beauty and openness to diversity in photography collide in intergalactic proportions. At the heart of Fine Art Photography Awards is the objective to explore the depth of 21st-century artists’ ability to push the limits of the imagination and produce other-worldly photography, beyond the current trend and accepted standards. This desire gave birth to one of the most ambitious and comprehensive competitions on photography.