Saturday, 22 September 2018 21:53

Cloud Dance

The amazingly beautiful drama that unfolds from a Purchase Knob dawn seems, on most occasions, to lend itself more readily to the grand landscape variety of image with sweeping lines and foregrounds offering a sense of depth as far as the eye can see. It is seldom that what attracts my eye most readily is a tightly drawn graphic scene such as this one, but the low clouds and fog-filled valleys and their intervening ridges seemed to be oriented toward just that sort of presentation; and so I followed that attraction and allowed it to lead my creative response.

A focal length of 300mm, medium telephoto, gave me the magnification and angle-of-view I wanted, tightly in on several distant ridges. An aperture of f/11, given the camera-to-subject distance of two or three miles, and an ISO of 100, allowed for a shutter speed of 15.0 seconds, the movement from which is evident in the foreground cloudforms; and it also gave me a slightly darker-than-medium overall exposure.

Sometimes previsualization of what you wish to create is exactly the approach to take, but sometimes being open to receiving whatever gifts may come allows one's eyes to see in an unexpected and unanticipated way. It's all about the fun of finding what is before you and expressing whatever that may be.


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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 29 September 2018 08:26 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. Thank you all for joining me for this conversation. As I look at this week's Image, I am reminded that autumn has arrived significantly ahead of autumn leaves, but this week's cooler temperatures is a hopeful sign that the color will be with us before long and while our patience is gently stressed there are wonderful atmospherics to consider.
    Hey Chris. It's great to hear from you. I appreciate your kind words. It was delightful having you and Sue with us on our Junaluska adventure, and especially having the chance to share such a special place with you. I hope you will find your way back to these mountains often as your journey of creative discovery continues. Meanwhile, enjoy the fall as it arrives in the Buckeye State.
    Hello My Dear Sister. Your word is a joy to my heart. One day I hope to share this place with you and Michael. It is very special. Thank you for sharing this with me.
    Hi Nancy T. I believe I remember the last time we visited Purchase Knob together; it has, indeed, been way too long. The place has everyone's number, but few are called to be invited to return. The Purchase would be happy to see you any time, and so would we! Walk in Beauty.
    Hey Ron; it's great to hear from you. I very much appreciate your kind words; and I think, if you are like me, it's the simplicity of this image that seems to appeal: just a few lines that turn into shapes, with a bit of contrast for good measure. I hope the Pioneer Valley is getting ready to deliver to you a beautiful fall season. Be well, my friend.
    Hey Terry. What a treat to have you join us. Bonnie and I had a wonderful evening with you and Emily, and trust it will not be so long before the next one. Your kind comments are deeply appreciated; and I could not agree more: I never met a mountain cloud that I did not like and these mountains seem to have their full share. As for talent, skilled hands, such as yours, are a blessing.
    Thank you, again, Everyone. Mountain ridges and floating clouds will always make my day brighter; and I am grateful to be able to share them with you. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Terry Bemis Monday, 24 September 2018 17:47 posted by Terry Bemis

    All the clouds in the mountains are beautiful! Love to see all of your pictures. You have a great talent.

  • Comment Link Ron Belovitz Sunday, 23 September 2018 21:16 posted by Ron Belovitz

    I really, really, like that image. Very nice!

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Sunday, 23 September 2018 11:23 posted by Nancy Tripp

    I love Purchase Knob! Every time you share an image from there, I hear it calling me. I have only been there a couple of times so I don't know how it got my number. The "slightly darker-than-medium overall exposure" seems to make the voices louder:-). Thanks for sharing!

  • Comment Link Nandie Sunday, 23 September 2018 08:44 posted by Nandie


  • Comment Link Chris Courter Sunday, 23 September 2018 08:10 posted by Chris Courter

    Beautiful. I've only been away from the mountains for two days and I miss them already. Thank you for sharing this wonderful site with us.

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