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Friday, 09 June 2017 22:33

Just Another Brick in the Wall

My hometown, Asheville, North Carolina, is an arts town and has been for many years; and some of the most amazing graffiti you have ever seen can be found here. The River Arts District is home, not only to wonderful artists and their art, but to extremely talented graffitists as well; and part of the fun of being photographically creative with their work is to see what abstract expressions can be made from small sections of their whole pieces. The peeling paint of an old storage tank provided just the colors and textures I was looking for. A focal length of 217mm, moderate telephoto, provided the angle-of-view and magnification I wanted. An aperture of f/20 helped ensure edge-to-edge sharpness in the slightly curving surface of the tank; and a shutter speed of 1/5th second at ISO 100 gave me a slightly-darker-than-medium overall exposure. I can almost hear Roger Waters and the gang now. 

Friday, 02 June 2017 22:13

Dark Behind It Rose the Forest

The massive forests of the Pacific Northwest are awesome to behold. The great Coast Range conifer forests of Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis), Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii), western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), and western red cedar (Thuja plicata) contain the greatest amount of biomass per acre of any place on the planet. All of this life is the gift of the Pacific Ocean and the coastal mountains, which between themselves moderate climate and rainfall across the region. The town of Forks, Washington, for example, receives nearly 120 " of rainfall per year, and temperatures throughout the year are relatively mild. The result is a temperate rain forest of incredible beauty and vitality: a photographer's dream. A focal length of 32mm, the long end of wide-angle, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted. An aperture of f/18 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 2.0 seconds at ISO 200 gave me an overall very-slightly-darker-than-medium exposure. How could it be that we are not obligated to preserve and protect such beauty as this?

 

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