Over the course of one year, photographer Robert Weingarten took a picture of the sky, sea, and city from the same position overlooking Santa Monica Bay at 6:30 AM. The aptly titled 6:30 AM Series strictly uses only one aperture size (f/22), image size (2 1/4 in.2), and lens (350mm) in addition to the fixed position and time of day. However, the diligent photographer has allowanced himself two variables in the year-long project: the shutter speed of the lens and the unpredictability of the weather.
From January 1st to December 31st of 2003, Weingarten vowed to snap the scenic shots on any days he was home, in accordance with renowned photographer Alfred Stieglitz’s proclamation that a photographer need not travel anywhere to capture an image. Feeling inspired by this notion that one can stay close to home and still churn out stunning images, Weingarten began his project which has produced some truly artistic results.
His collection of landscape shots depict the colorful, undoctored beauty of nature. The varying images present a range of hues from dreamy, pastel pinks to fiery oranges, not to mention the visual texture of the sky adding to the personality of each shot as a whole. There’s even something abstract about his photographs that seem to resemble beautiful brushstrokes of color.
If you like these images, you should also check out Eric Cahan’s Sky Series.