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Beauty and Sadness
The view of Pusch Ridge from close to the beginning of the Romero Canyon Trail in Catalina State Park, Oro Valley, Arizona -- 12-4-10

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alsoname From: alsoname Date: December 13th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
That is a quality saguaro!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 14th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Absolutely. Catalina State Park has some of the very best.
alsoname From: alsoname Date: December 14th, 2010 09:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I've only been there once. I thought it was one of the parks that got closed down due to budget cuts, but maybe I was thinking of the park up in Oracle.
flw From: flw Date: December 13th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I love the fractal nature (repetition of forms at varying scales) and depth of this photograph. You have invested the landscape with an abstract narrative here. And I can really SEE the air and the light. No less than 6 layers. It is hard to find this kind of depth anywhere else.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 14th, 2010 07:55 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you, thank you, thank you! Believe it or not, I actually had fractals in mine when I took this. My senior-year high school Science Fair project -- in the "Math" category, of all things -- involved grafting fractal equations onto sine waves so that I could demonstrate the significance of self-similarity, in which each iteration yields a pattern similar to what came before and what will come after, but no iteration is identical with any other. You know more about all that than I do, I imagine.

In terms of the light, I took this with my new camera and lens, which I've set to the RAW format. Other than being converted into a JPEG, the photo was unaltered. I know that the light looked that way to me at the time, but I'm not sure my old camera would have captured the nuances. Or maybe I'm just kidding myself in order to exalt my new camera.
flw From: flw Date: December 16th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Well, you're welcome. They say it was the impressionists who first attempted to capture the air by composing their paintings in such a layered way. But when I look back at lots of Renaissance paintings, they do just exactly that sort of thing. I wouldn't worry too much about the RAW/jpg problem. Can you control the amount of compression the software uses? I mean, there's no way to A/B it, really, except in a lab or something. When you consider all the "mediation" the photons go through on their way to being a picture, the jpg compression is probably not a huge factor. And then considering that your photos will be being viewed on different monitors, set to different settings, etc... the compression is probably the least of your "problems".
elizabeg From: elizabeg Date: December 14th, 2010 02:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Beauty and sadness, perhaps, but still very beautiful. I miss the desert so much sometimes, and can't wait to come home for the holidays. Your desert shots almost always bring out that nostalgia in me, which I thank you for.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 14th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm glad they have that effect on you. I think of you often as I drive by Mountain View on my new route up to Tempe.

The subject header is actually a reference to something by the Japanese novelist Kawabata Yasunari. I meant it, of course, since I'm awash in both beauty and sadness these days. But I was also thinking about Kawabata's aesthetic, not to mention the summer of 1988, when I first read him on the recommendation of a girlfriend who was in the process of trying to break up with me.
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