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March 18, 2011



For MaryD (hope others will not get impatient with these pictures)--here is one more photo of our valley taken about six years ago from ground level.
It shows how the earth's atmosphere can make a rising moon look so much larger.
Moon and Walla Walla Blues
Could not go back to that spot to take pictures ever again. I was in a turnout right next to the state penitentiary--not a great plan as I found out. The guards in the tower sent the sheriffs department deputy to give me the scolding of my life:)


It's a picture worth getting arrested for taking.


Heh-thanks Clarice:-) It was pretty dicey for a time.


Wow...what a beautiful photograph glasater! Although it's not B&W, it reminds me of Ansel Adams.


Moonrise over Hernandez.


Thanks Rocco!! Would you believe our state pen has a view like that?

I think of your comments regarding your work before retirement and it so echos friends of mine who work as guards here. Lots of empathy from these quarters.

I do study Ansel Adams photographs and books. One day maybe I'll be good enough to try some black and white images... :-)


Glasater: maybe I'll be good enough to try some black and white images

Glasater, you show the quality of your appreciation of photography by that statement.


It's just the truth SBW:) There's one Israeli photographer whose work is so impressive and images I study:

Neil Folberg

When I look at images like his--and that link is from some years back--I understood the talent and vision b&w takes.
I promise to stop now.


Thanks for the pointer, glasater.


glasater, many thanks for the new picture -- I will be sending it to your newfound New Hampshire fan club and I'm sure they'll love it.


If that were the view looking out from my cell window, I think I'd be a lot more remorseful for losing my freedom.

They say Ansel Adams used every shade of gray between Black and White in every one of his photos. It took me years to figure out how to expose film correctly using aperture and shutter speed, there's no way I could master the Zone System! But you have gift glasater!


Wow MaryD!! You've just made my week and many thanks once again!

Rocco--I don't believe the "residents"--as the euphemism goes here:)--have a view of their surroundings. And per your comment that's too bad they cannot.

I think Ansel Adams used a large format camera. That or medium format which is another ball game compared to 35mm. The lenses he used were so terrific. And he developed the zone system from the clarity the larger negatives those formats provide. And Mr Adams wasn't above manipulating his negatives a whole bunch:) I maintain he would have loved working his photos over on a computer.
When I took pictures with film I did a ton of scanning and repairing of images. So peering into those scans may have helped develop some sort of photographic sense.
Started out by fixing old family photos for people and printing them out to hand down to the grandkids. Now anyone can do that sort of thing with the available software.
As with many things in life an avocation turned into a bit of a vocation. Would sure wish that for everyone.
Thanks again Rocco.


In addition to using an 8x10 camera, he used a lens that would allow him to stop down to smaller than F22, so his detail was extraordinarily fine.

Virtually every photo of his has detail in five zones of shading from white to black. for many years we have had a poster calendar of his were I look closely at, and meditate on, one photo every day for a month and do not tire of it.

Okay. If you haven't guessed. I confess, it's over the toilet.


glasater- that is a GORGEOUS picture


Awwww Maybee--thanks tons!!! :)

it's over the toilet

Heh sbw--a favorite place for inspiration...



Thierry Legault has some great work.


Beautiful pictures, glasater. Such talent yet so humble. :) You almost got run over by a bull and arrested by prisoner guards.

I love the stories almost as much as the pictures. :)


What a web site Rich. I'll be lost in that one for days!

Many thanks.

Aren't you just a dear one Ann--I've just been fortunate to survive my "experiences" :)


glas, are you still here? I love your photos. I think there is a lot to be said for doing art at a later stage in life when you have had time to ponder the subtleties.

Exquisite work.

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