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Saturday, 12 January 2019 15:11

Caramel Icing on Sandstone

The study of the history and geomorphology of planet Earth is not only fascinating beyond words, it can provide wonderful clues into the discovery of locations where intriguing images can be found. When Bonnie and I did our hike into GSENM's (Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument) Calf Creek Canyon to gaze at the majesty of Lower Calf Creek Falls, we knew we would be hiking among the depths of 1000-foot-deep petrified dunes of Navajo Sandstone, which overlayed the creamy-orange marmalade of the Kayenta and Wingate formations. So we were anticipating some geologic visual treats, but as we went deeper into the canyon we began to understand how geologically special it is. In places, the Wingate walls seemed to be covered with a patina icing - streaked oxides - covering the deposits laid down in the Middle Jurassic, when the Sauropoda, the largest animals that have ever lived on land, walked the Earth.

A focal length of 420mm from the trail on the opposing canyon wall gave me the magnification and angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of field, and a shutter speed of 1/4th second at ISO 100 with the motionless wall gave me a slightly-darker-than-mediun exposure.

GSENM - the entire original monument and then some -  deserves our protection. It should be studied and loved and preserved for the amazing place it truly is; it is, indeed, sacred.

Saturday, 05 January 2019 14:24

The Light That Dances

Photographic detours can be wonderful adventures. Bonnie and I left the quiet town of Salida, Colorado on our way to the airport in Denver, having decided to follow the Arkansas River to its headwater streams north of Leadville. Then on the spur of the moment, we decided to take old US 6 across Loveland Pass. A mere 10' shy of an even 12,000', Loveland sits astride the Continental Divide along the Front Range. Looking south and southeast across a field of mountain lupine (Lupinus argenteus), we could follow the line of the Divide across the mountains to the rocky face of Grizzly Peak as the light played hopscotch across the slopes.

A focal length of 26mm, mid-wideangleland, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/5th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

Once again I am reminded of Gibran's beautiful words: "Verily all things move within your being in constant half-embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape. These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling. And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light. And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter to a greater freedom." ~Kahlil Gibran~

Friday, 29 June 2018 23:05

Relativity and Mostly Solid Rock

In all of the years I/we have been visiting Acadia, we had somehow never managed to find our way over to Schoodic Peninsula, a separate unit of the Park on the eastern side of Frenchman Bay, due East of Great Head about an hour away from Southwest Harbor by car, and actually part of the mainland. It is a geologist's Eden, a massive slope of pink granite, fractured by interval intrusions of black diabase - an igneous rock similar to basalt - which weather differentially and encourage fountains of spray to erupt from the creviced rock.

Schoodic is such a convoluted landscape that I wanted to play a bit with perspective.. The rise in the granite (mid-ground) above the shelf is only about 15", but by placing the camera even with the top of the step-up and being lower down on the shelf, the step up was rendered as a much more looming presence. A focal length of 24mm, solid wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly-lighter-than-medium exposure. Some of the balsam fir trees along the apex of the point top out around 50'.

I feel certain that our first visit to Schoodic will somehow not be our last.

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