Photo by TOP reader Wayne Pinney
"Illinois, between Champaign and Decatur. When I was a boy, my father, a geologist/paleontologist, used to bore me to tears describing the wonder of this flat landscape, scraped flat by the glacier. Now I appreciate what he was trying to convey.
"Shot using ADOX Color Implosion 35mm ASA 100 film. This is straight out of my Leica IIIA with 28mm ƒ/5.6 Summaron."
Wayne sent me this the other day, after I apologized for my tone to him in the "Provocateur" post. I answered: "That’s very nice, especially accompanied by the thoughts about your father, which make the photo personal to you and describes your attachment to the subject."
Sometimes, the meaning in a photograph is its meaning to us.
(Thanks to Wayne)
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Paulo Bizarro: "As a geologist myself, I fully concur with the OP`s father. :-) "
Rod S.: "And this geologist from Australia is curious and wants to ask: 'So where is all the bedrock?' I had presumed that the glaciated terrain of North America is characterised by vast areas of flat (planed) outcrops of relatively fresh rock, because we are shown such outcrops in papers on, for example, the ore deposits of the famous Abitibi Belt in eastern Canada. As opposed to vast areas of similar volcanic stratigraphy in Western Australia where the bedrock is routinely severely weathered to depths of 100–120m, because that surface has been exposed to weathering for millions of years. I opened Google maps and the area of the photograph appears green and entirely cultivated. Hence my curiosity over the apparent lack of exposed bedrock. I can only surmise that the fresh bedrock is covered by glacial outwash gravels. Is this the case? Photographs can be very useful, as well as beautiful!
"Wayne's photograph is also a perfect example of an artistic work in which the resolution of the lens has no bearing. If it is not already a print, it should become one."
TBannor: "This photograph shouts, Illinois! Some Illinois geology from an amateur. The bedrock in much of Illinois is buried. Chicago sits 300 feet above bedrock, which is Niagara limestone here and the downtown skyscrapers are anchored in it. However, St Peter sandstone is exposed at Starved Rock State Park on the LaSalle anticline, 80 miles southwest of the city. Starved Rock is a wonderland of picturesque box canyons most with a nice waterfall at the head. Interestingly, Niagara limestone is exposed along the Niagara Escarpment which winds its way from Wisconsin, through Michigan and Ontario before ending in New York. It's the cliff Niagara Falls and several other falls flow over. And Mike moved from near one end to near the other. Wikipedia has a good entry on it."
mark jennings: "Someone famous said that there aren't any uninteresting subjects, only uninterested people. For years I listened to people recently back from driving across the country. I remember a lot of them complaining about how boring the middle of the country turned out to be. Then I heard an Eastern farmer who'd made the trip enthusiastically go on and on about the soil, crops, livestock, equipment and methods and people. He was no photographer, but he was a good storyteller. You just to stop and listen. On a drive across Kansas I was wowed by the skies, and I wondered at isolated farmsteads widely spaced on vast fields. They stood out like distant ships on an ocean."
Moose: "First image in a long time that has me toying with the idea of shooting some film. Browsing other images made with this film on the web, I see that it's not the film, as a lot of crummy images have been made and posted with it, but the photographer knowing what to do with it. Nice job, Wayne!"