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Archive for August 3, 2010

Pieces Of The Past

I made this image on a recent trip to Ah-Shi-Sle-Pah with my daughter Susan. The clouds had been building all day; we were headed back to the truck when we came across this scene. The rocks and small pieces of petrified wood were strewn about in a, seemingly, haphazard way. It made me think about the forces that painted this bizarre landscape, and the ramifications of cause and effect over a period of millions of years. I couldn’t afford to ponder for long though; the storm continued to build as we walked back to where the truck was parked. We were about fifty feet from it when the first drops of rain began to fall.

I used my usual camera/lens configuration: Nikon D700 and Nikkor 17–35 mm f2.8 wide angle zoom lens mounted on a Bogen tripod, and a circular polarizer. I stopped the lens down to f22 for maximum depth of field, shutter speed was 1/20th second, and the ISO was set at 100.