Around and Around and Around and Around We Go Again

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Abstract / California / ICM / Impressionism / Inspiration / Photo Log / Photography / Seascapes


September 6, 2018 — West Shore Lake Tahoe, California

Same shot as in yesterday’s post. I saw this interpretation in my mind’s eye last night, but it was too late to work on it. I put considerable time into it today.

New observation: The more minimal and subtle the picture, the more time goes into it.

But I was really hummin’.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. ISO 64, 1/2 sec at f/5.6; RAW processing in DxO PhotoLab 3.1; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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  1. Your mention of “more minimal” and time couldn’t help but remind me of a quip by Pascal in one of his letters (Les Provinciales (1862), Blaise Pascal, éd. Monmerqué, 1656, Seizième lettre aux révérends pères jésuites.):

    “Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte.”

    “The only reason I made this letter so long is that I didn’t have the time to make it shorter.”

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  2. I found myself intrigued by the way the ripples seem to fade into invisibility in the pink band, then reappear near the bottom of the image. That’s less physics than poetry.

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  3. Pascal’s quote is almost the same as the quote attributed to Mark Twain, “I apologize for such a long letter – I didn’t have time to write a short one.” Apparently great minds think alike. So, we have Michael Scandling, Blaise Pascal, and Mark Twain. That’s quite a grouping. 🙂

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    • Thank you very much. The gradations both up and down from the horizon needed to be managed very carefully so that the corresponding hues in the sky and reflection were coordinated. It’s best to work on it for a while and then go away and do something else and then come back and see what you think. Make a few adjustments and go away. Come back later. Eventually it tells you that it’s done.

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      • Though most all of my work is quite different from this, my experience is the same – stopping, then coming back to it later is almost essential. Same with writing. I keep thinking about all the colors in grays when I look at your photographs lately – I know, this isn’t gray but…did I tell you this before? n the 90s I worked for two high-end interior decorators, people who had clients like Tina Turner, and visitors like Karl Lagerfeld. I was in charge of landscaping at their country place, north of NYC. There was a “cottage” for guests on the property. They put all their energy into it, hiring specialists for unusual plaster walls and ceilings, laying stone from France on the floors, etc. Painters from NYC came up to paint a bedroom pale gray. I looked and looked at that gray – it was the most beautiful color I’d ever seen in a room. it held the light and made anything contained in the room look gorgeous. I asked them about the paint, and they said I would be amazed at how many colors were in it, all mixed together with white. That was an eye-opener. 🙂

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      • Wow. That’s an eye-opening story. And entirely believable. I have long been amazed at how many colors are concealed within an apparent gray. I do a lot in my post processing to try to make them richer without making them too obvious. How many colors are in a gray dove? Could be a Zen question.

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  4. As with the previous, I like the softness and color. I also like the sense of symmetry and, although the texture is different from one half to the other, a feeling of reflection…both visual and inner.

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