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Fisher Towers

This was supposed to go up yesterday, but I never finished.  Those are Fisher Towers in the front, backed by the white-peaked La Sal Mountains. Taken at the side of the road in the Colorado River Valley in Utah on the way to Moab. My big photo trip for the year is coming up in a few weeks and that has me looking back very fondly back to last year’s Moab nXnw trip.

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Moon Over Dead Horse Point

 

There is a visual trick that your eyes can play on you, in which you look at a large distant object looming over a scene and make it look even larger and closer than it is. It is something I need to watch out for when shooting landscapes, because the resulting photo does not look nearly as interesting as the eyes made it appear.

That was the case here, and I must admit I restarted to some trickery to present this scene as I saw it.  This is Dead Horse Point in the Utah state park of the same name, with an artificially enlarged moon. I usually eschew this sort of manipulation, and am generally opposed to it, but I could not resist doing so here. I have been playing with this image on and off for over a year, trying to get something that was as interesting as what I saw, but it never worked.  The funny thing is, now that I’ve done it I’m happier with the original. Maybe I’ll show it later this week.

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  • LensScaperSeptember 6, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    To my mind this is a dramatic successful landscape, Mark. Simple as that. But then I have a purely objective view and no prior knowledge of the place. I also wouldn’t have known the moon was ‘enlarged’.

    I recently visited a photographic exhibiton in London, where most of the images were broadly in the ‘minimalist’ genre of landscape – and very successful they were too. This too has a minimalist feel to it and that is what I think makes it work. There is a beauty to it – it’s wild, it’s desolate, but it is also strangely intimate. And the light fires it up.ReplyCancel

Girders

 

I walked across the Williamsburg Bridge yesterday evening for the first time. It was a beautiful evening and I timed it perfectly for golden hour, although this shot doesn’t take advantage of it.

This is an iPhone shot,. I processed it to look like this after I crossed the bridge and hopped on the subway. Then, for some reason, I started over in Aperture and recreated the exact same look using that program.

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A detail of a larger shot of the East River and Manhattan skyline taken around dusk from Randall’s Island on a long but not super long exposure – 10 seconds.

I really want to do more stuff like this but I rarely seem to remember while I’m out and about. This one came to be rather haphazardly, but I’m quite fond of it.

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  • LensScaperAugust 31, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    When I first saw this I thought maybe this was a little of motion blur added in processing. But the means don’t really matter – it’s simply a lovely abstract.ReplyCancel

  • […] East River Abstract – this wonderful image is the pure definition of an abstract, capturing lines, contrast and color on an ethereal canvas.  This is a strong image by Mark Garbowski, one of the very best abstracts I’ve seen this week during our online adventures. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] East River Abstract – this wonderful image is the pure definition of an abstract, capturing lines, contrast and color on an ethereal canvas. This is a strong image by Mark Garbowski, one of the very best abstracts I’ve seen this week during our online adventures. […]ReplyCancel

Epcot China Pavilion - Temple of Heaven

 

The title covers it. This is the China Pavilion at the Epcot resort in Walt Disney World (WDW), focusing on the replica of the Temple of Heaven, taken at night after the fireworks display ended. The Epcot World Showcase looks better at night than it does in daylight. The combination of darkness and well-done lighting hides many of the the little tells that render the experience just a bit less true during the day. At night, one can fall more easily for the illusion.

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  • LensScaperAugust 26, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    Well composed and that pavilion is pin sharp, Mark. It takes night-time for a place like this to reveal its best.ReplyCancel

  • Len SaltielAugust 27, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Perfectly composed and exposed Mark. I am headed there for two weeks in late Oct. This is making me want time to accelerate.ReplyCancel

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