POTD: The Ragged Edge

POTD: The Ragged EdgeThe Ragged Edge
Bozeman, Montana

Another shot, this one in black and white, of the last light of day managing to breakthrough the overcast just as the sun was setting. Here a sliver of the Story Hills on the east edge of Bozeman is illuminated as well as the turbulent clouds on the edge of an advancing rain/snow squall.

POTD: Split Sun

POTD: Split SunSplit Sun
Bozeman, Montana

Lately we’ve had a number of cloudy days where, just at sunset, the clouds break up to let a few rays of sun shine through for a few minutes before it turns dark and provide some rather spectacular lighting on the mountains.

POTD: Red Aura

POTD: Red AuraRed Aura
Bozeman, Montana

It’s not often that I find a scene with subtle color that I am really attracted to that also doesn’t work, albeit differently, in black and white. I tried converting this one to black and white and it just didn’t do anything for me at all.

I realized that this image reminded me of, and perhaps was heavily influenced by, some of Elliot Porter’s more subtle photos of tangled woodlands that I was really drawn to in the late 60s and 70s. Here are two examples:

eliot-porter 1Redbud Tree in Bottomland
Eliot Porter Photo

Eliot Porter 2Red Osier
Eliot Porter photo

POTD: Bathroom Zone System

POTD: Bathroom Step WedgeIf you are a serious photographer, especially of an older vintage, then the Zone System and step wedges are familiar concepts to you. It turns out that having a light bar of eight separate bulbs above the sink in your bathroom and a well-placed door can provide a real-life, albeit slightly imperfect and incomplete, illustration of a step wedge.

POTD: Dualities #11

POTD: Dualities #11Dualities #11
Idaho Falls, Idaho
Bozman, Montana

When I took the photo on the right of the weeping birch tree the other day, it immediately brought to mind the photo on the left of asphalt, tar, and snow that I took some nine years ago. I guess that says something about how I tend to look at the physical world; not so much in terms of actual content but instead as patterns of shape, lines, and textures.