My Photography MO

My Xterra in Death Valley NP

My Xterra in Death Valley National Park

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My Photography MO:

  1. Get off the interstate.
  2. Get on a Country back road.
  3. When you see a scenic overlook, resist the temptation to stop and take the exact same photo the other 50 tourists are taking at the exact same time.
  4. If you see a dirt road take it.
  5. When the dirt road ends, get out and hike.
  6. Now you have a much better chance of finding a unique scene that hasn’t already be photographed a million times.

Copyright 2016, O. Bisogno Scotti, All Rights Reserved

Nikon D1X DSLRAF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8Dexposure: F/22, 1/13 sec., ISO 125, , Nikkor MC-20 remote cableManfrotto 3221 tripodManfrotto 3047 studio headNissan Xterra 2003, capture date and time: 3/14/2005, 6:57 am

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18 thoughts on “My Photography MO

  1. This is an awesome looking vehicle!
    Being green it blends into nature well, and I can see Mother Nature reflected on the side of the SUV!
    Yet it is so clean!!!!!
    I had expected your nature travel machine to be covered in dirt, mud or or least a coating of dust!!!!!

    Is that your camera backpack resting on the side of the back door?
    I can’t read the name on it but I am thinking it says Nikon.

    The colours here are muted, soft, there is not a lot of colour vibrancy, but I feel a living vibrancy!

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    • Thanks Nature’s Child. I’ve had my Xterra 13 years and it still looks the same even though it has been through some torturous trips through desert and mountains…most notably the Mojave Trail. I have other photos from later on in trip where it is covered in mud. In fact there’s is a link in equipment section of this post to the Xterra looking dirtier.

      You have a keen eye! That is in fact my medium sized Tamrac backpack which is pretty clean at the moment also. Desert colors are muted, but with splashes of intense color in spring. If you look at the mountains in the background (center of frame), you will see yellow/orange California poppies climbing all the way to the top.

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  2. Since I live in the southeastern part of the Mohave Desert, I am very pleased with this image of your vehicle in this lovely vista in Death Valley. You never cease to amaze and delight me with your desert images. You understand the light out here. It’s difficult at best to work with as the light is intensely bright most of the day. You are always aware and mange to include the beauty and delicacy of the nature in this harsh environment. You see the real color of the landscape which is wasted on on so many. Where most see only sand, rocks and twisted dried up trees and weeds, you see and bring out not only their beauty but that of the lovely desert flowers, bright and resilient almost hiding in the landscape. I also love the way you direct the eye from the sweet yellow wildflowers in the bottom left corner, to the pathway of flowers and shrubs that lead to your vehicle and beyond to the desert hills textured with shadow and light and back round full circle…you understand the elements of art like a painter. Thank you so much for this lovely image. You have captured my heart with it.

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    • Thanks for liking this image Lezlie. You are right. The desert light is harsh so you have to shoot when the sun is low to the ground either early morning or evening. Not only is the light golden at that time, but the extreme angle of the light casts bold, interesting shadows. The rest of the day is for picnics in the shade.

      Good photographs are like roadmaps for the eyes. There’s a starting point where the eye enters the frame and a path guiding the viewer to the subject. The eye should continue on from there to the background destination where the eye exits the frame.

      It is my pleasure to capture these images.

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  3. I know you have an exit plan for this image, but for some reason, I just don’t want to leave it…so I keep coming back around again and again because I always find something I haven’t seen before..

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  4. Patricia Gibbons: Thanks so much for liking my image “My Photography MO”. Regarding my 4×4 SUV: I would like to point out that I never go off-road. I always stay on an established double-track. The fragility of the desert is such that a footprint can last for years.

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