Friday, March 13, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 6

This the final part of this series, but it's not the last you'll see of Black Magic Canyon. Dan Mottaz and I went down again and I got some more great images. In fact, looking back at this series, I think the next series will be better.

Of course that happens often to me. I look back on something I photographed last year, or last month and think, "What was I thinking? I could have done a much better job.

These images focus on edges. The lighting I had this particular day lent itself well to strong contrast: bright highlights and dark shadows.

These last two images are my favorites (and I think the best) from the whole day. I love the mystery of them. They're abstract, and yet still have a rock-like quality to them.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 5

Although most of the images in this series have been monochrome, let me throw in a color one (and the matching B&W). For me, the shapes, lines and textures of Black Magic Canyon are best revealed in monochrome. I have quite a few color pictures, but even as I look through the catalog of images, it's the monochrome ones that most stand out to me.

Which of these do you prefer? Color or black and white?

I like the highlights and dark shadows of the canyon.

There are two diversion dams (that I know of) on the Big Wood River. This is the northern dam. Industrial architecture can be so beautiful, despite its seeming lack of beauty.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 4

I'm not sure how to categorize this set of images. They are each interesting in their own way - some about texture, some about depth, and one that doesn't really have anything to do with the canyon. The diversion dam is in the canyon, but it fits like the old Sesame Street song,
"One of these things is not like the others,
One of these things just doesn't belong.
Can you tell which thing is not like the others
By the time I finish my song?"

Monday, March 9, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 3

In this episode of "Chris' Adventures in BMC" we're looking at the intrigue of simple lines (or sometimes not-so-simple). I like the simple geometry of nature. All the angles and curves we can create through math are readily available in nature; we just have to look. And in the bottom of the canyon, there are no shortage of places to look. Many of the canyon features are soft curves and sharp edges. But there are also some smooth, flat rocks that tend to crack in straight lines.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Black Magic Canyon 2015, Part 2

For this most recent trip to BMC (that's Black Magic Canyon BTW (that's By The Way)(I'm just trying to be hip and cool by abbreviating everything - is it working?)) ... I decided to focus on subtle textures, shadows and shapes. I didn't know that's what I'd be focusing on before I went down, but the particular section I explored was filled with subtlety. The light was at a great angle. I was there about two hours and during that time the light was dancing through the rock formations. I walked maybe 3/4 of a mile down the canyon, then turned around and came back and the trip out was so different than the trip in.

You'll notice this next image is the same feature as the previous, just composed a little differently. It was also in yesterday's post as a color image. I'm not sure which I like better, but I'm thinking this monochrome version has more impact.