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Friday, 02 June 2017


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I feel the same, Mike! We've been nearly three years on the edge of Melbourne and I still find it very photogenic. Here's a grab-shot with my phone from early this morning as I set up the parkrun course with my son. It's winter here now, and everything's getting green again after summer...

“Sky appreciation” is among the reasons that I’ve enjoyed making photos of my “home place" - merely farmlands, not even photogenic.

Ornette Coleman once made a record called "Skies of America". I always wanted to steal that title for some of my own work... since I haven't yet, you have my permission to do so. Because you're probably a good way along on that project... keep up the good work!

I just wanted to comment on John Howell's photo.It is terrific. The first thing that came to mind was the Hudson River School of landscape painting that was popular in the 1800s here in America. That dead tree in the right corner really makes the photo.

Good work!

Mike, Have you seen this on Vimeo. Amazing, both the artistry and the weather...scared too.


May was fantastic here in the Pennines (North of England) too. Last night the hill tops lit up orangey-yellow for 15 minutes or so, as they often do, but with an intensity I don't remember witnessing in my 40 or so years of living here. It was sublime.

I took a few photos for the record but had to concede that no photographic image (that I could take) was ever going to do justice to a moment like that.

[Yes, I know what you mean. Of these four photographs, I found it curious that the third one was by far the most spectacular sky, but it is not very spectacular as an 800-pixel-wide JPEG, not even the best of these four (I don't think).

Photography is different than reality.... --Mike]

Yup. In my case my view is my frequent "muse". In my current process of moving and reimagining my web site I decided it's time to just come out of that closet and show some of that work. See the "From Here" gallery. Lots more coming.

Clouds and sky—my favorite subject(s) for photography.

I gave up landscape photogrpahy a while ago becasue although I often had access to spectacular landscapes I could never capture the essence of "being there". I fear that photography, or even painting, cannot replicate the experience of nature just by representing it in some limited 2D format.

That's not to say there aren't some great landscape photos - but they are their own thing, not a substitute for the experience

Mike, the first image just begs for a longer focal length. Stay with one camera and buy a few lenses. It is a great subject and wonderful light but you need to be closer. Who said to take a better picture get closer. With this image it is true. Enjoy your weekend.

I must be spoiled, we get beautiful sunsets like this so often in Western Australia that it's hard to decide which ones deserve a photograph. Adding to the problem is that I've already seen the greatest sunset I will ever see - an amazing array of pinks, oranges,purples and blues, with stars spread our across it, with the whole firmament spread out above as we swam in the ocean. I didn't have my camera with me, but in any case there I don't have the ability to convey the impression this sunset could have made on me in a photograph.

Landscape photographers will already know this, of course, but as a reminder to everybody else: Turn around occasionally!

That's because however incredible the sunset in front of you might be, sometimes the sunset behind you will be even better!

Trust me about this. I have lived in Arizona for more than 30 years now, which means that I'm almost an expert sunset watcher. 8^)

Maybe level the horizon line in number one?

[It wasn't level in reality. The camera was level. See "Level With Me":



Re your 4 photographs and the weakness of JPEGs
The original experts who designed the JPEG format and modes of compression did an amazingly good job in figuring out how to 'fit'
a "hundred pounds of RAW Data in a 1 pound container,
But in my experience no subject tests the limits of JPEG compression more than landscapes-- especially those with colorful skies.
Issues with missing data and out of Gamut color appear all the time.
When the JPEG has to be of reduced size, things only get worse.
It often sucks the life out of them.

Thank you for the link to pool... It's Ramadan, and every year, I struggle to find something soothing and calm to take some of the edge off of all the stress and negativity that comes out of people when they're fasting all day. Last year, it was Bob Ross and the Joy of Painting... This year, looks like it's old 8-ball tournaments. GoGo.

Terrible advice going on here... The suggested cropping ruins the landscape for me. The scale and context is much better portrayed in the original photo in my opinion. Also, there's nothing special about the big cloud in the cropped verison. In the original version you can realy see how the cloud in the middle stands out in an otherwise uninteresting sky.

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