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Photography 101 – Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping

I love landscape photography. For me, it preserves the beauty of what I’ve seen that I can share with others. I think of early travelers and explorers describing with words the scenery they’ve seen and wonder how many times they would say something like, “You should go see it for yourself.”

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the US and is managed by the State of Texas, Parks and Wildlife Department. The Texas State Historical Association describes Palo Duro Canyon as “the most spectacular and scenic landscape feature” in the Texas Panhandle. Many people call Palo Duro “the Grand Canyon of Texas”. I am not sure if that is a good moniker since the Grand Canyon is much larger. As an example, Palo Duro Canyon is roughly 70 mi (110 km) long, has an average width of 6 mi (9.7 km), and attains a depth of 820 ft (250 m), compared to the Grand Canyon which is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters).

It was a cloudy, overcast day when we went to Palo Duro Canyon. I can only imagine how much more brilliant the colors are on a sunny Summer day.

15a DSC_0201The steep sides of Palo Duro Canyon display bright colors of orange, red, brown, yellow, grey, maroon, and white rocks that represent four different geologic periods.

15b DSC_0204Caves are abundant throughout the canyon. This one is approximately 40-50 feet (12 meters) in height. The white band is approximately 6 feet (1.8 meters) in height. I zoomed in to take a peak inside and and found some hikers who were taking a break from their hike around the park.

15c DSC_0208Drought tolerant natural vegetation such as prickly pear, yucca, mesquite, and juniper can be found in the canyon.

15d DSC_0217Another view of the colorful strata in the canyon.

15e DSC_0222A one final view. Hope you enjoyed the short tour.

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Photography 101 – Day Thirteen: Moment & Motion

Early in my self-education about photography, I learned that the camera should be set for high-speed to capture the stillness of action unless, of course, the intent is to purposely blur a subject blurred. In today’s assignment, I learned that blurring is OK and sometimes desirable.

The Ocoee Whitewater Center in Copperhill, Tennessee was built for the 1996 World Olympics held in Atlanta, Georgia. Nestled on a sleepy river deep in a rocky gorge, in the Cherokee National Forest, the Ocoee river was modified to provide some of the best white water rapids found anywhere.

Water releases from upstream dams are managed by the Tennessee River Valley Authority and are scheduled through the summer to provide turbulent water flow for thrill seekers and flood control.

When the water is held back, the rocky bottom provides pools of fresh, cool water for sun bathers. Then the alarms go off warning people downstream that the quiet rocky bed would soon become a raging river with whitewater that will flip many experienced kayaks or professionally control river rafts. This is just a perfect setting for today’s assignment. We no longer live in that area and water releases are not scheduled until April. The photos presented are from our visit to this are in 2012.

13a DSC_0346I am standing downstream of the water flow – obviously before the water was released from the upstream dam. Notice the large boulders on the left and center of this image. Water is channeled between these two boulders.

13b DSC_0380The professional river guide, in the rear of the raft, steers between the two boulders.

13c DSC_0391A kayaker is in control of his own destiny. I can say he demonstrated exceptional navigation techniques on his approach to this spot.

There are no white water rapids near my current location and the rain today is keeping most adventure seekers indoors. I look forward to finding locations similar to this where I can apply today’s theme.

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Photography 101 – Day Twelve: Architecture & Monochrome

Art Deco architecture appeared in Amarillo in the 1930’s. The Sante Fe Building, one of the oldest buildings in Amarillo, was completed in 1930 at a cost of $1.5 million. During the excavation for the basement of the building in 1928, the remains of an American Mammoth were discovered and moved to The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, just south of Amarillo.

12a DSC_0189 12b DSC_0187

I chose monochrome for the upward POV and darkened the contrast a bit to highlight the details of the window design on the 2nd floor.

The Potter County Court House, also an Art Deco styled building, was completed in 1932 at a cost of $315,000. It exhibits step massing from its entrance pavilion to the top of the central tower.

12c DSC_0182The Paramount Theater was also completed in 1032 and showed first run movies until the mid 1970’s when multi-screen theaters became popular. It was gutted and converted to office space. Today it is home to Rain Premier Sushi Bar Lounge.

12d DSC_0191While the interior has changed with the times, the exterior remains as well-preserved example to Art Deco architectural design from the 1930’s.

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Photography 101 – Day Eleven: A Pop of Color

When we were preparing to sell our house, our real estate agent said we should paint the front door red. Why? Because it is inviting and makes the house pop. I think any color that is brilliant can make a photo pop.

I was sitting on the beach near Bogue, North Carolina a few years ago watching the waves roll in. Something in (or on) the water caught my eye!

11a DSC_2349I switched to my telephoto lens and captured this golden glow on the waves.

11b DSC_2384Spring is a time for pollen to float in the air. This particular day, the pollen settled on the water. I am glad I was sitting on the beach and not swimming in the water.

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Weekend Two: Play with Light

The weekend project, in Photograph 101, asks us to take a series of photos at multiple times during the day to see how light affects this particular shot or point of view.

In the first series, I was facing North. For the second series, I was facing West. For the last series, I was facing South. All photos are taken with my iPhone and no editing was applied to any photo. This old truck is located on the east side of the campground office so it is in the shade when the sun sets.

4:30PM facing North, 12 Noon facing West, and 8:15AM facing South are my favorites.

What do you think? Which ones do you like and why?

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