"if life sends you rain, you ought to at least go splash in the puddles"
dang, you read that fast.
I'm a rather fast reader. I like to think it's one of my super powers.
I just finished going through your travel diary from the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. The images are so striking, and I enjoyed your insight on the places you visited. (Some days, I think that nature really does write her own laws; however, she'll never admit to being fallible.) I'm looking forward to the one you're putting together on Wyoming.
Hmm... I haven't splashed in rain puddles in a while. *eyes her boots and wonders how quickly she can make her pants dry*
I'm a big fan (if the mood strikes) doing the whole "Singing in the Rain" number.
2009-12-09 02:06 pm (UTC)
your guess is as good as mine.
How'd you get the Mt. Hood shot?
when flying to or from portland, always get a window seat. we were there for thanksgiving.
the left side of the plane seems to work in either direction. try and get a flight that's taking off or landing at either sunrise or sunset and youre good.
Okay, obviously it's a plane, but I'm surprised it was a regular commercial aircraft with those double-pane windows. There's no evidence that you're shooting through two layers of plastic at all.
that's why i never take pictures out of them, it's always fogged or crystald up. so my camera's always locked up under the seat in front of me.
Now I'm even more curious about how you got the shot, then.
it was really just the sunrise, good light, i got the camera out. there rarely seems to be good light.
2009-12-09 06:13 pm (UTC)
Depending on the state of the window, it's fairly easy to bring up to spec in post-processing. Mostly setting the black point appropriately. Of course if the window is badly scratched or really grungy, there will be other problems as well.
which side depends on what the other aitport is
e.g. to chicago, right side. from chicago left side
to dfw, left side. from dfw, right side
(yes, i generally fly american to pdx)
I know your sixth point wasn't your focus of this entry, but I'm so glad you linked a selection from your Mojave photo journaling since I hadn't seen it before. It's absolutely beautiful and, for me, really captured what I love about living in the desert. I make the trip between Phoenix and LA all the time and all of that empty stretch feels so familiar to me, including the Joshua trees -- those always give me the heeby-jeebies, and the ones in your photos are no different. Gorgeous. Thank you.
This airport feels like hot, baking swine flu wrapped in crying babies
oh my god. that is the most accurate and disgusting description of the airport ever written. and now when i fly home for christmas (or when i fly to mutha fuckin' nola in january), i will think of this. and it will give me the chills.
Kyle, I haven't opened the Mojave pdf yet but the cover photo is STUNNING! Can't wait to see the rest!!
First snow here in Toronto, very wet and slushy so the umbrella is still useful. :)
i'm glad i reposted it. there are so many people who are following me now who weren't before. i should occasionally highlight the best of the old stuff i suppose....
I need a couple of extra days in the week where nothing happens.
You'd just fill them up with fun stuff and still need a few more days. Admit it. =)
yay mount hood!! did you get that shot while flying/landing in(to) portland?
while leaving. i never take photos out airplane windows because they never work, but we burst out of the rain to a sea of clouds with mt. st. helens floating over them like a castle and i was like "gah! gah! get camera out!" and there you are.
I used to be able to see the peaks of Mount Hood from my front door. I miss living in Oregon. I'm snagging that picture - I'm going to make it my desktop wallpaper.
Also, I'm looking forward to reading your Advisory Board post. :)
Even better! Thank you, Kyle. :)
Oh, that Mojave Diary is absolutely wonderful, and a great read. I hadn't seen it before and I'm glad you linked to it. I can't wait to see what you come up with for the Wyoming trip. Joshua tree holds a very special place in my heart, so to see such stunning photos in that diary made my day very swell indeed. I know the view from the top
well, and it's just breathtaking.
And, since it DOES say to ask, and I would anyway -- would you mind if I had one page of the book professionaly printed out to use at home? I am in love with page #42 (the palm with the rocks) and want it on my wall to look at every day.
Thank you for sharing your love for photography with us. :)
wouldn't mind at all. it's sized for printing so you can take it to your kinkos and print the whole thing out and bind it.
I would have preferred snow, but if life sends you rain, you ought to at least go splash in the puddles.
I think this is the best life motto ever!
the Mojave photos are amazing! I had to force myself away from the computer, briefly as I kept forgetting my breakfast.
Thank you for sharing that.
The travel diary is breathtaking, and I loved this paragraph from your concluding page:
"If the cities of the east are monuments to humanity, the power of communal living, of developed brains, of engineering — surely the deserts of the west are a counter balance. We can move through them, we can live in them, we can even change them, momentarily — we can make them radioactive, or change basins to seas, but ultimately, we are such small creatures. Looking out across that great expanse at the tiny flickering of light that is our own, we see it enveloped in great arms that endure our meddling but are ready to take it all back."
This captured so precisely the way I have felt on travels West. Such a complex relationship that we have with the mythical West.
Have you read Terri Windling's The Wood Wife? Terri does a fantastic job with the setting of the Southwest, truly establishing the place as its own character.
Thank you for sharing this. The desert of your photographs is in such stark contrast to the slushy landscape outside our house in Chicago. 'Twas a nice break from the Winter morning.
Wow golly. While I'll be glad to read the LJ report, the photos from the Mojave made me gasp - and not just the stunning-colors-and-soaring-perspective shots (though I loved those, especially with the palm trees, oddly enough), but the lonelier, broken-down shots, too. Also, the snake story and the water table stories made me smile nostalgically -- that's exactly what it was like visiting Arizona.
Count me amongst those souls who just wandered through your Mojave travelogue for the first time.
You just inspired me to do a post in my own journal here: http://kambriel.livejournal.com/243328.htmlmy attempt at discovering the texture of a beavertail cactus leaves two dozen nearly microscopic spines stuck in my fingers.
I'm glad I'm not the only one who goes through life occasionally touching the cacti...
You know the little 'goth guy' character who reflects your mood and lives in the upper left corner of each of your posts? I always wondered why he was standing by a sign that said "B+C". ---Today i realized it was a coffin.
i thought it was a cello case or something.
oh wow that diary is amazing. someone needs to publish that !!
it is my dream to go to the mojave desert...
my publisher wasn't interested, and the american whatnot series thought it would probably be too expensive, so i stopped trying.
the logic of publishing is well beyond me...
in any case, thanks for sharing it. i bet people would totally buy it as a blurb book...
Oh wow, the Mt. Hood shot is wonderful.
Yay more travel books! Yay more collaborations! Boooooo crappy picture of AFP! While I admire your ability to take a good picture of a white shirt (really, from about the top of the bicep down, it's a GREAT shot of a white shirt), as portraiture, it is far far far from your better shots. Her neck is all weird and her face is at a funny angle and the light is weird. She's recognizable as human, but a human with some weird condition.
"if life sends you rain, you ought to at least go splash in the puddles"
The best thing I've heard all day. Thank you.
Wow I see Mount Hood every day (at least when it's clear) and I don't think I've seen it look better. (Well coming back from Afghanistan it did look damn good!)
I must say, there is an painting used for the cover of an old edition of the Hobbit that makes me think the artist had been to Portland because when I bike to college over the Glenn Jackson Bridge and look up the Columbia, it looks so much like the painting, even to the hump in the mountain!
i enjoyed reading the "live" wyoming diary while you were there and posting from the road, so i look forward to seeing what you put together now that you're looking back on it.
and i still really love that one wall cloud shot.
yeah, i printed that one ten by thirty, it looks awesome.
I just came here from Kambriel's LJ and I just had to thank you for the wonderful Mojave pictures. My grandmother lives in the Mojave (close to Pioneertown and Yucca Valley). It brought back memories of my explorations of the desert as a little girl.
yaay! thanks for coming over!