2013 westward ho! 4/?

Hello world,

I think one of the biggest challenge in making a photograph is giving scale. By choosing the right angle, the right lens and directing your light you can make a photograph that appears as we see it, or “correct”. It is usually not as easy as it seems. This is abundantly clear if you look at many of our wedding & portrait photog friends sites and see beautiful brides that either have giant hands and arms or have tiny heads from the abuse of a wide angle lens. Looks cool huh!? NO! No it doesn’t. Yikes, we have all seen this and probably most have done it. (raising my hand by the way)  The only reason you should be at knee level 3 feet in front of a bride with a wide angle is if you are trying to peek up her dress! Step back and choose a little longer lens for the love of Pete and your client. I just had to get that out as I just say it happening in front of my studio earlier today. Sorry if you are reading this…. Anyway, where was I… oh yea, getting a “correct” or “normal” perspective. Ok, so what if we want to do the opposite? What if we want our perspective to be “wrong” or “abstract”, keeping in mind that “perspective” doesn’t always have to mean an angle of view. It can mean just how you see something differently than others in the same bubble.
The images that follow are how I saw the scene, not what was actually seen with the eye. Looking past the obvious of what is right in front of us and bending the rules once in a while make for more interesting work. Works that will hold you for a little longer because you are searching for the answer. That is all I want to do. Just hold the viewer a little bit longer….

Stay tuned tomorrow for the double exposure episode!

keep on clickin’

parker j

  
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             Cloud and Shiprock jutting 1,583′ from the flat NM high-desert. Exposing for the clouds and shot at a low angle. Why? To set the ship afloat on a sea.
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Giant cross rising 190′ in Groom, TX but shot from a ditch with a tilt lens through weeds to change the perception.

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A Colorado fence to keep the snow separate.

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The vast expanse of the Bisti Badlands Wilderness, NM.

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Angels Landing with clouds and sunglow on a snowy morning laying in the grasses with a 14mm perfectly level and corrected, Zion NP, UT

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Mesquite Flat Dunes 6×17 pano to show expanse. Death Valley NP, CA

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Mesquite Flat Dunes 6×17 pano. Or am I in between waves of a sea? Death Valley NP, CA

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Climber in Zion NP, UT. Keeping the far wall gave this more scale. Had I cropped the left off size would be unknown.

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Climber in Zion NP, UT. Keeping the sky gave this more scale. Had I cropped the sky off size again would be unknown.

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Hikers on a ridge line in Death Valley NP, CA

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Painter enjoying the peace and tranquility of the vibrant “Artists Palette” In Death Valley NP, CA.

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Tranquility……. yea right. Damn photographers.

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Grasses along the road in NM. I am on the ground, down hill to make this grass seem larger than life. They were only about 8 inches tall.

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Then sometimes you just have to chalk it up to too many “Dead shows”. Walking through Antelope Canyon with my camera around my neck on bulb.

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Then sometimes you just have to chalk it up to too many “Dead shows”. Walking through Antelope Canyon with my camera around my neck on bulb.

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Then sometimes you just have to chalk it up to too many “Dead shows”. Walking through Antelope Canyon with my camera around my neck on bulb.

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Then sometimes you just have to chalk it up to too many “Dead shows”. Walking through Antelope Canyon with my camera around my neck on bulb.

 

 

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  • Walter Roycraft - April 18, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    Parker, some really nice work! I love the way you see things. The grasses along the road ROCKS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Megan Case - April 18, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    I’d like to live in the purty places of your viewfinder. : ) Hope you and the family are doing well!ReplyCancel

  • Peter - April 19, 2013 - 3:59 am

    Brilliant images as always Well done ParkerReplyCancel

  • chea lamb - April 19, 2013 - 5:55 pm

    Parker,

    Thank you for reminding me what amazing photography, your ART looks like. It is so hard to see out there in the sea of digital mediocrity.

    Chea LambReplyCancel

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