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Sillhouettes III - aka "Look Behind You, Dummy!"

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 7 March 2012 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

True to the lessons we learn from the REAL masters (see my personal definition of a "real master" below) like Gary Hart, Don Smith, Scott Schiling, and others, I ALWAYS make it a habit of turning around, looking up, and looking alll around! I have often found if the sunrise or sunset I am looking directly into is really not all that "exciting" then, turn around and have a look in the opposite direction! Look up! You wil probably find an "entirely different story" if you do that. Especially AFTER the sun sinks below the horizon! This image shows such a view.

I made no adjustments here in terms of saturation or colour. I DID leave my circular polarizer on the lens even though it was getting a bit darker and that may have had some impact on the tones here. But other than that, I only tweaked the highlight and levels by a small amount in order to bring it back to what it looked like on scene.

Fnally - although it was neither hazy nor raining - all I could think about during all of this were the songs "Purple Haze" by Jimmi Hendriz and "Purple Rain" by Prince!...Yes, In case you haven't noticed, Music plays a HUGE role in who and what I am :-)

PS - My personal definition of a "True Master" in Photography, or any other Art Form, is: One who is not only an expert in her or his craft, but one who also "has a heart" and is willing to share and teach in an unselfish, kind, and, perhaps most importantly, a non-condescending manner.

OLYMPUS E-510 1/20 second F/4.9 ISO 100 44 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

OLYMPUS E-510
1/20 second
F/4.9
ISO 100
44 mm

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