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"Spotlight on Center Stage"

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 12 March 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

We were actually fortunate to visit the park in late February when clouds were prevalent much of the time. The moving clouds allowed for the sun to shine or not to shine at varying points in the day. As we were leaving this location, I noticed that the sun was shining only on one specific dune, much like a lead actor on stage being under the primary spotllight! As quickly as I could, I composed and shot this scene to retain for future memories. The aura of this view was amazing to me. The mysticism and energy were strong. My spirit was so moved I did not want to leave, but soon the clouds entirely blocked out the sun and the "spotlight" turned off....and I became hungry for a sandwich! So off we went to our next stop. I do hope that you enjoy this scene as much as we did.

Our next stop, as we get closer to Badwater, will be the Borax works at Harmony.

FUJIFILM FinePix E550 1/210 second F/8.0 ISO 100 29 mm

** Staples Singers - "Respect Yourself"

- " We do not move forward from a middle opinion, which is undemocratic but mediocratic.
We advance from a creative passion "- (Edgar Morin)

- "To photograph is to hold one's breath, when all faculties converge to capture fleeting reality. It's at
that precise moment that mastering an image becomes a great physical and intellectual joy."
- Henri Cartier-Bresson.

::Words from Denny:
- My beliefs, and values, have always been strongly tied-to music, especially Jazz, and Blues.
- The following artists and lyrics seem to "sum-up" where my spirit resides:
EARTH WIND AND FIRE;
"HOLD ON TO YOUR SPIRIT,
ALWAYS FEEL YOUR SOUL....
HONOR THE MAGIC IN YOUR HEART"
; Earth Wind and Fire

FUJIFILM FinePix E550
1/210 second
F/8.0
ISO 100
29 mm

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