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To All The Dead Horses

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The story of the name "Dead Horse Point" is apparently a tragic one, involving negligence and apathy, which no self-respecting cowboy could easily acknowledge; but the beauty of this tongue of land sitting 2000' above the Colorado River is so incredible words cannot do it justice. It is actually a peninsula of rock connected to the mesa of which it is part by a narrow spit simply called the "Neck." From the tip of the peninsula the canyonlands spread away into the distance as far as the eye can see, and far below the great river rolls on its way to its rendezvous with the Green. To stand on the point of the peninsula as the early light begins to bathe the canyonlands in its warmth is to truly realize the capacity to see images within images wherever you look: patterns, shapes, textures, contrasts, colors, and of course, lines. Just as quickly as the images reveal themselves, you realize the difficulty of composing as precisely as you might wish. It is a challenge, but one that can be happily overcome. In this composition I decided to forego the canyon containing the river itself and to concentrate on the light sweeping over the buttes, monuments, and mesas beyond the Colorado, as it created areas of highlight and shadow across the colored patterns of rock strata. The only thing that hurried the effort was knowing that the golden light would not last as long as I would hope. A focal length of 129mm gave me the angle of view I wanted, which did not include any sky. An aperture of f/20 provided depth of field, and a shutter speed of 0.6 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an overall medium exposure.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 01 August 2014 09:23 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hi Nancy; thank you for joining me in this conversation. I appreciate your kind words. It's interesting to me that when I consider the beauty of the Southwest, I know that I am very attracted to the area and hope to continue to visit it and be creative in it for several more years. But I am also certain that these old Southern Appalachians will always be home. It sets up an unaccustomed tension to be tugged at by such diverse landscapes. I'm glad you have enjoyed sharing the ride.

  • Comment Link Nancy Kelly Sunday, 27 July 2014 12:23 posted by Nancy Kelly

    I feel like I have been to the SW this summer from all of your wonderful images. Thank you for sharing.

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