Often times photographers, myself included, will increase color contrast while editing photos. Sometimes it's because the camera didn't capture the scene quite like the eye saw it and adjustments are necessary. Other times the photographer prefers to make one section of the photo pop a little bit more for aesthetic or stylistic preferences. In this case, however, nature did all the hard work for me and all I had to do was snap the photo and crop it to size.
“In photography and as in life, it is the strong contrasts between dualities that make things interesting and beautiful…particularly speaking, darkness has to exist and be present in order for light to glow, and have meaning and purpose.”
The first repair shop wasn't able to figure out the problem with my camera, so it's off to another shop that will hopefully get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, I will continue to dig through my older photos for things I haven't shared with you yet. This is a photo I took in 2019, on my way into Death Valley, back before the world changed forever.
"The man who goes alone can start today; but he who travels with another must wait till that other is ready."
-Henry David Thoreau
Something about this little tree made an impression on me. It's the only tree for maybe a mile in any direction. It's not a particularly good looking tree, but I guess you don't have to be if you stand out this far from the crowd.
"No one remembers you for standing in the crowd. But they do remember you for standing out of it."
In case you missed it, I recently saw a gigantic bald eagle while on a hike in Sonoma. A very special and unusual sighting. The previous shot I shared of this encounter was much more close-up and detailed, and lovely in its own way. But I completely fell in love with this zoomed-out, full-frame shot. It's really dark and ominous, and that's probably why I like it.
"Character like a photograph, develops in darkness."
My beloved camera stopped working recently, which I consider a major bummer. However, while it's in the shop it's giving me an excuse to dig into some old photos, many of which I haven't even edited yet. As I was browsing the options, this frosty leaf kept standing out to me. Kind of ordinary. Kind of beautiful.
"Anyone can love a rose, but it takes a lot to love a leaf. It's ordinary to love the beautiful, but it's beautiful to love the ordinary."