I have to say I think I've landed in a little pocket of paradise. I'm constantly amazed at the beauty of my surroundings here. I wouldn't have guessed there could be so much to see in one little 1.78-acre patch of Earth. I often find myself reaching for a camera (even the one in the phone) just as a way of responding to something I see—a way to take note of it. The other night, for example, I went to take the dogs out at twilight and there, after a heavily overcast day, was the full moon coming over the steep hill in back, through the trees. It practically took my breath away.
I feel like a tourist in my own backyard sometimes. :-)
This ice storm, and the snowfall afterward, propelled me out of the house with the Fuji. Before the storm, I'd been feeling kind of guilty about not putting the red chairs away in the barn at the end of the fall. But when I saw this picture, I was glad I hadn't. And it didn't even look like this for one whole day. By early the next morning, although some of the snow still clung to the trees, the magic of the scene was gone.
It's a lovely spot. In warm weather, that red chair is where I sit and watch the waterfall and read to the sound of falling water, for half an hour or forty-five minutes as the sun goes down.
"The Red Chair," taken last week with a Fujifilm X-T1 and 23mm ƒ/1.4 lens, is 9x121/2 inches on 11x15-inch Canson Baryta Photographique paper, expertly printed on the new Epson P800 printer by Ctein in California. It's a quiet little picture and a quiet little print. To me it speaks of the beauty we can find in familiar places if the conditions are right, and of the consolation we find in beauty.
$120 unsigned, $170 signed. Please click here to order and/or to see a high-quality JPEG of the picture. [UPDATE: Link removed; sale ended 1 p.m. Sat. Feb. 27. Thanks to everyone who ordered!] $25 per print for packing and shipping to anywhere in the world. Payment by PayPal only, please, since this is a minor sale. As usual, all prints will be shipped within 60 days (you might get yours much faster than that) and have a 100% money back guarantee. Anyone who for whatever reason does not like the print is free to return it within 30 days and their money will be refunded. Any print damaged in shipping will be replaced at our expense.
My plan is that my share of the proceeds will go toward creating a lovely little photography display gallery here, so people who visit will have some cool stuff to see and discuss with me. I'll tell you more about that soon. This sale will kickstart that project, which I've been very enthusiastic about. It's something I really want to do. (Every picture in it will have a story behind it, probably.)
Three days only. Sale ends this Saturday at 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time (that's 6 p.m. in London, 10 a.m. in Los Angeles, and 5:00 Sunday morning in Sydney).
I really hope you like the print! As for me, I don't think I'll ever be able to look over at the red chair, even when the light is gloomy and those trees are dark, and fail to smile at the memory of this scene.
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Jon: "This print hits all the right buttons for me. Technically, it uses the camera I purchased last summer, and the printer I'm thinking of purchasing. Locationally, I spent my college years in Ithaca, New York, and another 16 years in Vermont / New Hampshire (and here in Portland, Oregon, I miss snow!). And, most important, aesthetically this is just lovely. I am drawn to monochrome images that aren't monochrome, and outdoors images with a touch of humanity. And the splash of color is wonderful. With all of this, I was still not willing to pull the trigger, as I have several other Print Sale prints that are not yet on my walls. But I showed it to my awesome wife...and she is getting it for my birthday. Life is good."
Mike replies: Whew! That comment had me worried there. But it ended well. :-)
Tom: "You said: 'I think I've landed in a little pocket of paradise. I'm constantly amazed at the beauty of my surroundings here. I wouldn't have guessed there could be so much to see in one little 1.78-acre patch of Earth.' Welcome to western/central New York. I live just south of not-coincidentally-named Eden, New York (there are even some apple orchards there). Your ice storm view will be almost an annual event, to be seasonally replaced by equally enchanting scenes. I've become convinced that almost everywhere on earth has its own special beauty, but if you were intrigued by your ice storm, you will really enjoy your new home."