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Image Comments posted by jimcallum

  1. Thanks everybody for the comments. Just for info sake, the photo is an infrared image. After reading the critiques I agree that a greater emphasis on either the sky or foreground would probably add impact to this photo. The location is a landfill in S.F. Bay near Albany, Calif. that has become overgrown and is gradually being turned into a park. I find that clouds, especially when viewed in infrared, can be very dramatic, so I sometimes rush to that location when there's stormy weather to take advantage of that dramatic element in my landscape photos. Pretty much like using a red filter on old black and white film to boost the drama and contrast in a landscape.
    It might be an interesting exercise though, to look at this image as an abstract, and see the shapes and blotches of light and dark in the image as a study of light and contrast. I can't truly state that that was foremost in my consciousness when I was making the photo, but it is generally my intention when out photographing with infrared to be aware of how light interacts with air and solid matter in the visible world. It's tough putting this into words though, even if I knew 100% what I was doing when I made that photo.

  2. Spring, 1984, was when I was there Martin. There were no officials, so we went where we wanted. It was quite overgrown, and uncared for at the time. The only two people we saw there were two West Indian grounds keepers burning some debris.

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