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Sun emerging below sunset clouds

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Sun Emerging Below Sunset Clouds 6969

Taken with a telephoto lens from the southeast corner of Floral Park Drive and Misting Falls Trail on March 3.

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March 21, 2016 at 5:19 AM

There’s that profile again

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Saguaro Cactus Backlit 1796

Behind the chain fruit cholla of the last post you saw the profile of Flat Iron Peak in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix. Here’s a portion of that profile again, but now less conspicuous because it appears at the base of a saguaro cactus, Carnegiea gigantea, that was blocking the morning sun on September 29th at the Lost Dutchman State Park. This is the first time I’ve ever shown one of these giants, but it won’t be the last.

If you’re interested in photography as a craft, you’ll find that newly added point 26 in About My Techniques is relevant to this photograph.

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This is another entry from the saw (as in the past tense of see) part of the see-saw that’s been oscillating between pictures from my trip to the American Southwest in late September and more-recent pictures showing what’s been going on in Austin.

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November 18, 2014 at 5:36 AM

Day for night

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Each of the last two posts has featured a sunny and colorful wildflower in a bright blue sky, so let me put off another picture of that type till tomorrow; too much of a good thing may be too much of a good thing.

After taking today’s photograph on December 27, I was reminded of day for night, a term used in cinematography for any of several techniques that allow a scene filmed in daylight to simulate a night scene. That wasn’t my intention, but the sun behind this cattail was so bright compared to the plant in front of it that I set my camera to underexpose by 3 f/stops, and then to compensate for the underexposure I used my flash to keep the cattail from coming out black and devoid of detail. The result is as you see it here, with the background seeming to be almost a nighttime sky even though I took the picture at 1:43 on a bright and clear winter afternoon. I’ve long been intrigued by the way the seed heads of cattails, Typha domingensis, blow apart in the breeze, but this was a new way for me to photograph that unraveling.

© 2011 Steven Schwartzman

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December 29, 2011 at 5:11 AM

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