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balloon 9

As I mentioned several times, I find it difficult to come up with a hot air balloon pic that seems fresh, not a cliché.  I think this one looks different. I took it through a wood fence just as it was passing between a gap. This is not a photoshopped composite. The fence and sky are blurred since I was using a large aperture with a long lens. This created an illusion, at least for me, the balloon and passengers appearing as though in front of the fence, not beyond it and thus very tiny.  The balloon was a long ways off and the fence very near.

sky pic 1

The sky this morning reminded me of the painting style of the Hudson river school  or a perhaps an Italian Renaissance painting but real it was. The lonely balloonist was being pushed so forcibly by the wind as to distort his envelope. I will share a couple more sky pics from this same session soon.

moon rising sun setting

As the sun sets and the moon rises, magic happens. This is the second in the series of shooting in the ambiguous”twilight”. I was sitting on my back porch when this scene happened. The gradient of color and light was amazing. The moon has no detail but is recognizable enough to anchor the atmospheric narrative of the in-between existence of neither earth nor sky.  Existence is a stratification of a continuum from matter to no matter.

hand-held, 1/640 sec., ISO 800, F/4.5, 55mm

twilight hour

the photographer is of course keenly aware of the light but how many would consider a period or state of obscurity, ambiguity, or gradual decline of light we call twilight as something special. Here is a twilight image I made this evening of some trees and a wood fence, hand-held, 1/80 sec. 6400 ASA, f/4.5.