I love driving dirt roads in my 4×4, the rougher the better and Death Valley National Park has plenty of them. Over a million tourists visit every year, and they’re all taking tons of photos. The best way to find unique scenes is by hitting the dirt roads. I took the above image in 2005, the wettest and best wildflower season in 100 years. I stayed on the dirt roads and ran into only 5-6 other people in five days. From Death Valley I went directly to Carrizo Plain National Monument where the wildflowers were just beginning to peak.
Nikon D1X DSLR, AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D, exposure: f/11, 1/80 sec., ISO 125, exposure mode: Aperture Priority (center weighted), Nikkor MC-20 remote cable, Manfrotto 3221 tripod, Manfrotto 3047 studio head, 2003 Nissan Xterra 4×4, capture date and time: 3/13/2005, 3:59 pm
Pom pom topiary is the art of clipping trees and shrubs into round ornamental shapes on different levels. Cloud pruning, practiced in Korea and Japan is a variant in which the shapes are more cloudlike.
When your grandfather is an artist, family photos become harbingers of ever-present surreality.
The question is who invited the chicken to this traditional wedding ceremony at Su-won Folk Village, South Korea?
Nikon N6006 SLR, Nikkor AF Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f-2.8D ED, exposure: not recorded, program mode: Aperture Priority, film: Kodak Kodachrome 64 Professional color transparency film, handheld, Plustek OpticFilm 7600i Ai, 35 mm film scanner, LaserSoft Imaging SilverFast 8 scanner software
(photo by mimi)
A walk through the backyard can become wickedly surreal if you fixate on a small scene, as I tend to do. I call it mind-cropping when everything else goes black forming borders, leaving only what is essential in the frame. On September 19, 2015, I mind-cropped my way into an uneasy trapezoidal world of annuli, spheres and concentricity. Blooms fallen to the cool concrete became the beautiful undead, and the sun goddess danced libidinally for my pleasure.