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"One in a Million"

Posted by
Denny Jump (Bellevue, WA, United States) on 6 March 2019 in Landscape & Rural.

A "One in a Million" opportunity arose for me a few evenings ago....

The image I was having fun making was presenting me with a narrow strip of Cascade Range mountain peaks being "Lit up" by the sun and there was scanty time to go before all of this disappeared!

I fired away, frantically trying to adjust things as I went with my ("still new to me") Sony RX10IV Camera, as the sun began to "close out" on it's dedicated shine towards the mountaintops.

Later, as I was doing my post process editing. there were some distracting structures amongst the woods, that I really didn't notice in the excitement of the moment earlier.... So, I ultimately decided to "make them disappear with "Pixelmater"....'
So,I also did that...(I could have remained silent but I don't like to do that).

SO, I DO like this final version....I did nothing to the rest of the image, with the exception of adjusting light and getting rid of noise and adding some Orton effect in the foreground trees...

Ultimately. this end result certainly struck me as truly a "One in a Million" image with the sun, casting it's light solely on the mountain tops and the rest of the scene remaiing in the ever-increasing shade and darkness.

I hope you like this one.. The Title, I chose because this all made me remember that old hit song written by Sam Dees and sung wonderfully by Larry Graham (see link below if you wish!)

https://youtu.be/MYycDyAxgb0

** 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