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Inspired By: Bruce Hucko

Cisco Ghost Town, Near Moab, UT:

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Bruce Hucko was the Founder of the Moab Photography Symposium, which ran for 15 years and had its last meeting in 2018.  The results was a wrap up Book containing images from Participants:

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The Featured Image above is one of my book prints.  The others are here below:

 

But more importantly, Bruce worked on local Preservation and Conservation Issues, contributing Photographs and field experiences that were instrumental in the protection of the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah.  This region and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park are now under threat from Fracking and Mining interests.  This prompted a recent Visit to the Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef Parks this past Fall.  We wanted to see them before they were gone……..We start with some scenes from Ruins of the Ancient Ones in New Mexico and Arizona.

 

Aztec Ruins, NM:

 

Pecos Pueblo, NM:

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Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon:

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Sears-Kay Ruins, AZ:

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And a view from the Cathedral Trail at Capitol Reef:

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Please Remember the Absolute Necessity of Preserving our Natural Environment.  Give it Some Love!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Inspired By: Clyde Butcher

For classic B&W landscapes we often think of Ansel Adams.  And for more intimate landscapes, John Sexton.  But those are mostly Western Landscapes.  The East has beautiful scenes that tend to go unloved.  Even Clyde Butcher ventured west for a change-up in is photo scenes. I was supposed to go to the Everglades last Fall, and had hoped to post images from Florida for this Inspiration.  But my illness intervened.  We are still planning our visit with Clyde and stay in one of his cabins.  My photographer’s eye is looking forward to the South Florida Environs.  Check him out here.

Well,  I live where I live, so my inspiration from Clyde Butcher as acknowledged here, comes from his dramatic, sweeping landscapes and how clouds are an important feature of the landscape.  Also, the importance of masterful photography in Conservation and Historical Preservation efforts.

So my Inspiration from the Cathedral Trail Loop in Capitol Reef National Park.  Also environmentally significant because of the threat to open this Park to fracking and mining operations:

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Also a test of the Rollei Retro 80S IR sensitive film……….using a 695 filter.

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Grosvenor Arch: Grand Staircase-Escalante

On a recent road trip back from Phoenix we stopped by the Grand Staircase-Escalante and Capitol Reef National Parks.  Both are currently under threat for oil, gas and mining exploration.  So they would be greatly reduced in size or eliminated by the current Administration.  So see it while you can…….

Here is a really spectacular triple Arch:  The Grosvenor Arch:

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Main view point from the parking lot only shows two of the Arches……

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You have to drive further up the road and Look Back to see the last Arch:

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Cedar Breaks and No Snow……

September was my third attempt to visit Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah.  The previous two times I was snowed out (in the summer time mind you!).  Finally made it this past September…..

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And a little photo Merge Fun!

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Wishing You a Happy Holiday weekend……..I’ve been cooking since 7:00 AM!

Measuring a Real Win

What a moment to be on a ‘Best Of’ list……….Film Photography Blogs that You Should Follow.…..  That’s a Real Win, and non-distracting.  I’m on the list, so I don’t have to keep trying to BE on the list.  And I made the list for Blogging Here, not on someone else’s site.

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I’ll take that as a sign that Untangling myself from needless social media distraction is right direction.

7 Day Challenge From Twitter

I was recently Challenged by  to post 7 images, B&W, No explanations and no people.  Similar to the 7 Day Challenge on Facebook in January.  Try Challenging Your Photo Friends…

 

Mine have a common theme, although that is not required.  Can You Guess the Theme?

The Moab Photo Symposium Book

Here are my submissions for the Moab Photo symposium Wrap-up Book:

 

Counter Clockwise, beginning in the Upper Left:

  1. 2007, Arches National Park
  2. 2011, Cisco Ghost Town (Near Moab)
  3. 2017, Buck Canyon, Canyonlands National Park

And my ‘action’ portrait, From Courthouse Wash, Arches National Park.

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I’ll post and update when the book comes out…………..

One Image, Four Crops

I’m showing my final choice first:

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I went through several steps.  The Full Frame image is in the upper left, and proceeding clockwise through my steps. First removing some of the excess sky but keeping both trees and the curves; then removing the secondary tree to make a tighter composition; still not liking the sky; removing the sky from the single tree, but cutting out too much of the curve. Finally, settling on the cropped version I liked, deciding that I wanted more of the of the road, which had attracted me in the first place.

Then I took a second look and decided that maybe Crop #3 had some redeeming qualities.  Hmmmmmmm………

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Background:  I’ve been experimenting with Infrared Films.  Those that survive, that is.  After much frustration, and seeing my husband’s success with the digital infrared conversion (Nikon-1 mirrorless camera) I opted to have a camera converted to full spectrum for my Christmas Present.  Infrared Images are the only digital B&W I will post on this site.  ot a judgement, just my preference.  Film Experiments and Discussion Posted Here.