Friday, December 14, 2012

Desert Inspiration

View from Casita
Drexel, AZ

You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
-Ansel Adams
It seems like my creativity has come back. The countryside surrounding Tucson makes it difficult not to inspire. You don't have to look long and hard. It's a matter of sitting back a spell and enjoying the natural landscape that surrounds like a fully furnished home. Inspiration requires an open receptive mind.

While a full time job occupies most of my wake time, I do find the time to sneak a few images in between the workdays and weekends. The iPhone makes that both plausible and possible for me. There's no need to carry my fancy gear around. All I do is keep my iPhone handy and use its many photo apps to render what i see on the fly.

Misson San Xavier del Bac
Tucson, AZ
Yesterday was a tedious day for me. It seemed like nothing was going to get ccomplished. Rather than sit and wait for something to happen, I set out to meet and greet a few more customers. My drive took me just south of Tucson to Suaharita. Along the way, I found a prize, Mission San Xavier del Bac.
While Arizona is known for its desert and bright clear skies, this afternoon mother nature blessed me with the advent and promise of rain. The skies were cloudy enough to provide wonderfully diffused lighting.

There's an expression amongst photographers: "f8 be there." It's cryptic for seize the moment or be prepared. The best photography is with whatever camera you have available and a state of readiness. After waiting for the tourists to remove themselves from my view, I bracketed two exposures with my iPhone. Later I merged them in my iPhone. The results were extremely pleasing given the equipment and obvious contrast.

1 comment:

  1. Fabulous photo of San Xavier Mission! The clouds really make it.


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