Mornings at Lake Casitas

Mornings at Casitas

Meet Terri Laine: Rower and Photographer

Two years ago, Terri Laine signed up for a Lake Casitas learn-to-row with the encouragement of a friend and her husband, Alex. She discovered a sport that challenged her on a physical and intellectual level—and a place that inspires her artistic vision. Terri began photographing mornings at Lake Casitas and posting her pictures to the club’s Facebook page. Over the past 18 months, a stunning portfolio of images has emerged.

View a gallery of Terri’s favorite photos here. Below, read her comments on photography, the lake and her newfound love of rowing.

Gallery: Terri Laine

Images by rower and photographer Terri Laine

[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_01-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]90Ladies' 4x on a glassy fall morning.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_02-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]100Casitas canvas.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_03-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]110Chilly winter morning, rowers await instructions.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_04-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]140There is a place where cerebral and corporeal meet... They call it rowing. -Barry Strauss
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_05-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]130Misty morning.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_06-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]130Grand dame, Barbara Colven getting ready to head out.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_07-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]120Dawn lighting up the lake.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_08-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]130Morning meditation.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_09-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]140Avian romance on the lake.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_10-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]130Nighttime gives way to morning.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_11-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]110Lenticular clouds give us a light show.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_12-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]90Rowers do more before 8 a.m. than most people do all day.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_13-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]90The photographer: Terri Laine
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_14-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]80Awed by yet another beautiful morning on the lake.
[img src=http://www.casitasrowing.org/wp-content/flagallery/gallery/thumbs/thumbs_15-terrilaine-casitasrowing.jpg]80Night melts into day. Moonset on Casitas.

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Q&A with Photographer Terri Laine

Q. How long have you photographed Lake Casitas?
A. I started photographing it about 1 1/2 years ago and now it’s an obsession. LOL!

Even though most of my photos are taken from the same vantage point, I love the challenge of showing another aspect of it. Each sunrise is unique and shows me another face of Casitas. My challenge is to capture the uniqueness of the day. I also look forward to inclement weather as that affords me the elements of a great photo. A nice day is boring photographically.

Q. How long have you been into photography?
A. I started working for my dad when I was 10 and processed film for him and printed photographs for his business. I received my degree in photography from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.

Q. What camera do you use? And do you edit your photos?
A. I use a waterproof point and shoot Lumix. Since I also row I’m not really supposed to be taking photos so need to keep it a bit discreet. I keep the editing to a minimum. The lake is beautiful just the way it is.

Q. Do you have tips for other photographers?
A. Lakes, sunrises, sunsets are pretty by their nature and you can always get a nice photo, but the difference between a nice and great photo is composition, having a specific point of interest, and use of color and depth. You don’t need a fancy camera; you don’t need a big lens but you need to understand your tool (your camera) and how to make it work for you.

Q. What do you like about rowing?
A. I love that it’s a sport that engages every part of your body including your mind. It’s a very cerebral sport in many ways and I love the nuances of it. Rowing is surprisingly difficult to master and I love the challenge. I also love the tranquility of the lake and the wildlife. When I’m rowing the rest of the world takes a backseat.

Q. What time do you get up in the morning?
A. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays I’m up at 5:30 and looking forward to the day. I love that by 8:30 a.m. I’ve already done this amazing thing that no one can take away from me no matter how the rest of the day goes.

Q. Favorite quote?
A. You don’t take a good photograph, you make it.” – Ansel Adams

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