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The Desert Series

I thought it was time to highlight the Desert Series again since a few new images have recently been added to the series. The following image from the Mohave Desert in California is a new image in the Desert Series.

Note: If you click this image you will not get the usual larger image. Instead, you will be taken to my other photography site, http://www.joannemasonphotography.com, →into a slide show featuring all 14 of the images currently in the Desert Series. Note that you can run this slide show at full screen if you wish; the images are also much higher resolution than images on this blog.

Desert Series. Part 2 No.4 Mohave Desert. Fuji X100. 23mm. ISO 400. 1/400 sec at f/16. Copyright Joanne Mason 2012.

The Desert Series is a continuing series of images based on desert scenes from the American Southwest. The series consists mostly of  composed and altered images utilizing infrared, solarization, selective colorization and filtering, and other postprocessing techniques to produce imaginative altered images evocative of the many and at-times otherworldly moods of the deserts.

Of all the earth’s environments, the deserts are in my mind the most unusual in being both human and superhuman. At times and by many considered unfit for human habitation, for many others the deserts have made fine homes, notwithstanding demanding and often seemingly most inhospitable conditions. In fact, the deserts are home to most rich and diverse ecosystems of flora and fauna. In spite of this, the deserts seem to us alien and desolate, a projected image which perhaps plays a role in protecting the deserts’ denizens. In this demanding climate and scene of desolation, much beauty nevertheless abounds, patiently waiting for the determined seeker to appreciate it. The reimagining of the desert which take place in these photographs is an effort to explore these many dimensions, some apparent and many hidden, of the beauty of the desert.

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More of the Grand Canyon

Sorting through the hard disk, I find more Grand Canyon images that haven’t been posted yet. Truly one of the great wonders of the world, words cannot do justice to the Grand Canyon. (Find all the posted Canyon images here.)

The seated figure, to me, bears a strong likeness to the work of Henry Moore.

A fascinating think about the Canyon, not only are the colors extraordinary but they’re constantly changing. Look away and then back in ten minutes and the scene will look completely differently, especially in a partly cloudy day with the interplay of changing sun and clouds on the rock. Sadly, most days the Canyon is too hazy to truly enjoy fully. Most of the haze is the result of air pollution. This was an exceptionally clear day.

Even if it were not for the rest of the vast canyon ravines and massive rock walls, the Colorado River all itself would be a wonder. Almost 1500 miles in length, the Colorado drains seven US states and two Mexican states. Historically, the total flow of the River is 15 million acre-feet. But today, little or none of that flow ever reaches the sea, being lost to irrigation, evaporation and climate change. The Colorado River is the only significant source of water for the Southwest. (*)

Rather a precipitous dropoff here!

The blend of tree and rock creates a beautiful texture.

Technical: All of these were shot with the Nikon D200, all at ISO 200, and a variety of lenses (mostly the 17-55 f/2.8 and the 70-200 f/2.8).

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