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"Transition of Season"

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Mark Geistweite , April 28, 2010; 02:32 P.M.

The transition of season is upon us, but for this season, later than usual. That's a good thing because summer is my least favorite season, especially in the city. If I'm fortunate to get up into the mountains in the summer, then I am good to go. Meanwhile, the spring season here in the central valley has been wetter and cooler than usual, so the result is lush green mountains with colorful displays. My goal for this year was to record these scenes in the portrait format more often. It seems in the last few years, I have gotten into a rut and I have been shooting almost exclusively in the landscape mode. At one time I loved the vertical because of it's ability to convey depth, especially with receding layers of focal planes. In this case, the near wildflowers, then the distant slope of flowers, the distant pine tree, the distant ridges, the distant mountains and finally the layered sky. Trying to fit this multiple layering onto a landscape is just not possible. It's called getting lazy, so I'm now in my own transition of seasons. Thanks for taking a moment to pause and offer your thoughts!!

Jeff Grant , April 28, 2010; 07:32 P.M.

Mar, apart from all the normal stuff that you do so well, what I find very appealing in this image is the colour transition from FG to BG. The FG is intense and then gets softer as it recedes. It is a beautiful effect.

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Mark Geistweite , April 28, 2010; 08:06 P.M.

Hey Jeff, thanks for that! You know, I'm not a good painter, probably why I like producing photographs of painterly quality hopefully. Even still, I have learned from painting that to provide an impression of scale, the distant objects should be softer and less saturated. Obviously, this is a natural thing because of humidity and haze, which diffuses the colors and reduces their saturation. No sense in going against that ideology!

Dominick Marino , April 29, 2010; 12:10 P.M.

Very nice composition Mark.   Looking at it conveys a sense of peace and tranquility.

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Mark Geistweite , April 29, 2010; 02:23 P.M.

Thank you Dominick. This particular morning was a bounty for a photog with wonderful clouds to fill the space above the horizon!

Sandris Grivins , May 01, 2010; 02:03 P.M.

Wonderful spring image, love those many layers! I think the vertical framing works better for this subject than the horizontal one. 

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