Death Valley #3

Another group of images from Death Valley and The Alabama Hills.  The first image is unique, in that it includes vegetation that normally try to avoid.

The next image, as pointed out by a viewer on Facebook, has a finger in the right side of the sky.  As I was making this image, I was feeling the presence of my friend Cindy who has passed away on this day. Now I see Cindy in this image telling me, all is well. This image is very outside of my comfort zone. I was shooting directly into the sun. But, I had to go with with I was feeling and ended up with a number of images that I like.  This is just one. 


The image below has become another favorite.  Love the bright shape at the top right.  Love the hint of light and details to the left of that…

Another with lots of tones which I am very much drawn to.

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  1. Peggy W March 20, 2017 at 12:10 pm #

    Your images are quite wonderful and remarkable. In your second image you mention seeing a finger reaching in from the right. Do you see also the hand reaching from the left. I know where I’ve seen this before. Think of the painting titled Creation, by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. The finger of God on the right reaches to the hand of Adam on the left, presumedly in a moment of sharing enlightenment. In your image the sun presents the sense that this scene goes beyond worldly experience. Perhaps the sharp mountain edges below bring us back to a harder more immediate reality. I remember your saying that in each image you bring your total experience. Yes!! Maybe I am going a bit far in my interpretations. Three cheers for shooting outside of your comfort zone.

    • JB March 20, 2017 at 4:21 pm #

      I think your insights are spot on Peggy. Viewing images is all about how YOU feel! Thank you for taking time to comment.

  2. Brenda Tharp March 30, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

    Your black and white interpretations are really beautiful, John, and I can see the influence of Cole in your recent conversion to black and white. I’m sure you haven’t given up color, but as we know color is seductive, and lacking color, the true form, texture, shapes, and details of a scene stand ‘naked’ before our eyes and our cameras, making the composition, and exposure ever more important. well done!

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