Thursday, May 13, 2010

Back to Work... (soon)

I know, I know, it's been quite a while since my last post. Moving is an all-consuming thing, but finally we are resettled and getting organized again.  Hopefully I can get back to doing some creative work in the next few weeks, although I still have lots of work to do around our new house.  Looking ahead, a big plus of living here, besides how beautiful it is, is going to be that I am now 2 hours closer to my favorite shooting locations in Arizona, Utah and the Sierras.  We're real close.. less that 1 hour.. from Joshua Tree N.P. too, which is going to be great.  Although I've been coming to the mountains where we now live for many years, I've had very little chance to get many good images locally, due to not being here all that much...  but now that we are full time I expect that I can get some interesting results.
My Skywatch scene for today is from last year's trip to Monument Valley in NE Arizona.   Another one of those that I almost passed up because I was dog tired and on my way back to the car to call it a day, but just had to set up one more time to get this gorgeous sky over the red-rock butte.  Never put your camera back in the bag until you're actually at home and it's pitch black dark outside:)
You can view more beautiful skies from all over the world each week here at the SkyWatch home page.  
At the root of creativity is an impulse to understand, to make sense of random and often unrelated details. For me, photography provides an intersection of time, space, light, and emotional stance. One needs to be still enough, observant enough, and aware enough to recognize the life of the materials, to be able to 'hear through the eyes. - Paul Caponigro

20 comments:

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Thats a beautiful shot. I'm glad you took the time for one last photo.

shaker said...

Great shot !!

Greyscale Territory said...

The intriguing shape of the rock against the blue sky is dramatic and stunning! Beautiful photo!

Gaelyn said...

Glad to see you back online Mark. The Monument Valley shot is spectacular. Good luck with the settling in.

Kevin Oke Photography said...

Beautiful photo from one of my favourite areas. Thanks for sharing!

ewok1993 said...

Always wanted to go there. Thanks for sharing.

eileeninmd said...

Awesome photo and a wonderful scene. How wonderful to be living so close to such fantastic scenery.

The Giraffe Head Tree said...

Takes my breath away.

Sylvia said...

It means absolutely being in the right place at the right time. THat's an upgrade to the must-see places in this wonderful world!

J Bar said...

Awesome shot. Amazing colours.
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Carolyn Ford said...

I am so glad you toughed it out and got that shot! Wow, what a beauty!

Mook said...

I hate the digging the camera back out but you just have to! As this shows it can produce some excellent work we must know that in our subconscious.

The Retired One said...

Stunningly gorgeous, as usual!!!!!

tilden talks... said...

Everything will be alright as long as you don't start sculpting mashed potatoes!

Hilda said...

What an absolutely magnificent scene and gorgeous photograph! It's a painted sky! So wonderful.

Amy Lilley Designs said...

What a beautiful, peaceful shot Mark...love the deep rich hues..and you are so right...don't put the camera away until you are home and it is pitch black outside...:)))

Hood Photo Blog said...

Such a beautiful landscape. The colors are gorgeous!

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storybeader said...

beautiful use of darks and lights. Now you'll be vacationing at the ocean!

Abraham Lincoln said...

One of the best, and most professional looking photos I have seen recently.

You got it all, and most important is the clean presentation. The blog template works perfectly for this shot.

Emm said...

Isn't moving and settling down again an endless chore? How lovely that ou are so close to Joshua Tree National Park now.