Joel takes a poke at landscape photography

Next to the wash there’s this one – not a butte, not a mesa, I guess I’d go no more exalted than an erosion feature – that is very pretty in first autumn light. I’ve been meaning to come out here at daybreak for weeks, and pretty much missed the best of the seasonal light. But this morning I was determined to give it a shot.

I set up a little too early and immediately wished I’d dressed more warmly. In November the days warm up very quickly after daybreak but can start rather nippy.


That may be the most meta photograph in the history of the blog, right there.

Anyway. I waited, and waited, and then…


Since the shadow is cast by the wash’s opposite bank, maybe 200 yards away at that point, it’s all over in less than two minutes. I grabbed the tripod and trotted to my second location but the moment had pretty much passed.

For reference, here’s a shot of the same feature in afternoon light, taken a couple of weeks ago…

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7 Responses to Joel takes a poke at landscape photography

  1. Robert says:

    Move over, Ansel Adams, there’s a new kid in town! Very nice. Who woulda thunk a little change in lighting would be so dramatic?

  2. Doc John says:

    Am I the only one that as I clicked along on the pix was hearing “Also Sprach Zarathustra”?

  3. coloradohermit says:

    Beautiful pics!

  4. SLee says:

    Nice photos! You have the touch.

  5. Mike says:

    Nice, very nice. As for missing the shot at the second location, you can go out and get it on another morning.

  6. Paul B says:

    Some money could be made taking pics. Now to experiment in black and white.

  7. WJW says:

    My favorite is where the shadow line is at the bottom of the foreground tree. Great shot!

To the stake with the heretic!