Saturday, 30 May 2020 19:39

Better in Black and White

Kodachrome Basin is a land of many colors, and textures; and though not large, it is filled with geological treasures. You are welcome to count them, but the state park folks will assure you that there are 67 monolithic stone spires called sedimentary pipes to be found within the boundaries of their domain. These intriguing features accent the multi-tonal strata of the surrounding ridges, and together they give rise to the name penned to the land by a 1948 National Geographic Society Expedition. Pinion pines, stunted by the desert conditions in which they grow, cling to outcrops and add to the feeling of struggle and tenacity.

A focal length of 300mm created a fairly narrow angle-of-view and some compression and magnification of the elements. An aperture of f/20 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1/25th second at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure. The palette of red/orange, white, green and blue became a wonderful tonal realm of black and white.

When Paul Simon scribed the words to his song, Kodachrome, he opined with a line "everything looks worse in black and white." The beauty of Kodachrome Basin State Park makes legitimate the debate as to whether this sentiment is catagorically true.

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