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Saint Lawrence River rocks
 
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Saint Lawrence River rocks


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Leica M8, 28mm V-C Ultron lens, exposure unrecorded

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This is striking for its subtlety and boldness at the same time. I find the composition bold and dynamic . . . the diagonal orientation of the rocks and the grain and the way the grain/texture seems to flow echoing the water which likely created that texture. The colors, on the other hand, are beautifully rendered, muted, subdued, earthy, and organic. There really is a sense of pastel geometry here, the way that one small rock toward the back almost acts as punctuation. Also, the blue tint of the shadows offsets the warmth of the sunlight. It's an abstracted view of nature, just abstract enough to show a personal vision of how you see the world but clear enough for the viewers to know just what we're looking at.
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Fred,

 

I'm glad you liked this composition, especially as it comes from a series that contain few shots that I have been happy enough with to print. It also points out one of the fun things about photography - that is, despite our ability to see an interesting composition, as these two different boulders and their relation to each other and the surroundings, sometimes the image is better (or worse) than we had expected. Perhaps something else is going on in our minds when we see such compositions? We may react at some sub-conscious level.

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I like this one also, it just feels right. This type of attentively seeing AND capturing it. There's Wu-Wei. It = wei-wu-wei. Not non-action, but effortless action.
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Thanks, Phylo. You've introduced me to a new concept. I almost called the photo "gravitational", in view of the apparent forces acting on or between the rocks.
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