Category Archives: Photos of Landscapes

A favourite photo of a landscape; from my collection.

Beach Views, Vancouver BC

With the Fraser River, False Creek, English Bay, Burrard Inlet, and Horseshoe Bay (just off the top),Vancouver has lots of places to walk along the water.  Big water, much of it.

That variety offers lots of chances to try out new ways of looking at it all.  Here are two such, from a walk at Spanish Banks Beach .

White and black granite rock with green ribbon of seaweed.

View along driftwood log on rocky beach with inlet and mountains in background.

 

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Don’t Fence Me Out

Oh, give me land, lots of land under starry skies above
Don’t fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love
Don’t fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evenin’ breezes
And listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever but I ask you please
Don’t fence me in.
– Robert Fletcher & Cole Porter

In today’s world, even in the wide open country that I love, being fenced out seems to be a bigger challenge than being fenced in.

Chain-link fence in foreground; desert in background.

Southern Arizona

 

Rusty fence in foregroun; copper pit in background.

Bisbee AZ

 

Chain-link fence with no trespassing sign

Bisbee AZ

 

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Waterfall, Chandler AZ

Good photographs require both some technical skill and an “eye.”  Maybe all art does.

For me, what that means is that learning how to use the manual settings to take long exposures that aren’t overexposed (of flowing water during the day, for example) is only the first part of the challenge: Choosing a creatively interesting exposure and composition is just as necessary here as in every other area of photography.  Having a capable camera and knowing how to use it is necessary, but not sufficient.   Continue reading

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Mountains and Marsh, AZ

Chasing the standoffish sandhill cranes (they don’t seem to want to get any closer than about 100 yards), I gave up trying to get good pictures of them and started taking pictures of things that were more accommodating.  Like the near and far vista.

Marsh in foreground; mountains on horizon.

 

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Fountain Spray, Gilbert AZ

I’ve started to use a tripod for shots where I want or need a slow shutter speed.

This is one of the trial photos that I took at a small fountain a few blocks from our rental house in Gilbert.  With the back-lighting provided by the late afternoon sun, the slow shutter speed turns the water spray into arcs of light, and the churned-up water into cotton candy.

Slow-shutter photo of water spray.

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