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Desktop Backgrounds

As I was organizing my picture files last weekend, I chose a new desktop background for my home computer. I have a bright 22″ monitor that gives each image maximum impact. My previous background photo and the new one are very different, and every time I turn on my computer I am struck by the difference in the emotional impact each one has on me. The previous picture was a view of the red rocks of Roxborough State Park against the bright green of early summer last year. It is an image of light and life, and my spirit filled with joy at its beauty.

The new background I chose is a sunset image of the view from my parents’ front porch in Patagonia. I had several pictures where the sky was aflame with intense oranges and fuscia, but I chose a broad view with less intense colors. Now when my monitor lights up I feel all my tension drain out, flowing across the wide valley to the distant mountains and calmed by the pastels of the sky.

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2011 in Photography

 

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Roxborough Park II: Cameras slow your heart but fill your soul

Saturday (June 19) was our TNT hiking team’s week off. I went back to Roxborough with my camera. Hiking in¬† a group, even a very compatible group, isn’t conducive to photography. Stop for just one picture and suddenly you’re huffing and puffing, trying to catch up. By myself I confirmed that cameras slow your heart rate, expecially in a place and at a time of year so full of beauty. There was never a long enough stretch without a potential picture to get my heart rate up. However, what I lost in cardio workout I gained in the renewal of my soul. In fact I stayed out twice as long as I intended.

Now if only I could figure out how to control the images on this blog, I could rotate the ones that are sideways. I guess you will just have to turn your head:

 

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How to be known as a good photographer:

My grandfather, Art Cunningham, was a pioneer in the photofinishing¬†industry. He loved to take pictures of his grandchildren. My brothers seemed to enjoy it. I most definitely did not. The pictures were not candid at all. They very often involved costumes or props and were carefully posed. Though I didn’t like being his subject, I have followed in his footsteps in enjoying photography. The most important thing he taught me was how to make everyone think you take fantastic pictures. It’s not that great photographers have 20 amazing pictures on a 24 exposure roll of film. They may only have three pretty good ones and one great one. But great photographers don’t keep, or at least don’t show anyone, the 20 “fair to middlin” ones. Now that my brother has produced the card reader that will allow Dad’s ancient computer to see my pictures, I have discovered that of the 15 pictures I took the other day only one is good, two are pretty good, and only one is worth sharing. Here it is:¬†

An agave on the ridge trail.

 

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