Lake Sonoma is not a huge winter vacation destination.  A few fisherman ply the waters from time to time but the population of Lake Sonoma is around eight on a winter day.  The story for Wednesday’s edition of the Press Democrat dealt with the reservoir being above normal for this time of year.  Early on, a scene presented itself but the light was all wrong and there was not a soul in sight to complete the image.  Deciding to come back later in the afternoon,  I had little hope that anyone would be there when I returned.  Below is the progression of how perseverance can lead to a decent image.

At 12:30 in the afternoon, the light was all wrong, the lens was wrong and Lake Sonoma was pretty much a ghost town. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

I came back at 3:30, slapped on a 400mm lens and hoped somebody would show up. (Kent Porter / Press democrat) 2011

Finally, someone showed up with dogs, but the humans wouldn't venture near the shore line. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The dogs went to the other side and a boat came through frame. At least I had a human in the picture. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat ) 2011

With the light fading and an approaching deadline, I found success when both human and dog kind walked in to the frame. (Kent Porter / Press Democrat) 2011

The moral, is never give up.  With seven billion people on this old rock, someone is bound to walk through the frame.

-Kent Porter