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Splendor in the Grass

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 4 January 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

There is something profoundly spiritual about photography. Over the years, I have found that not only do I feel a strong internal connection to what I photograph, in a very real sense my best photographs are of subject matter that I truly love. Except for a few short years, I have lived all of my 75 plus close to the ocean. What a gift and blessing; I dearly love the ocean.

PS - no one mentioned the charming waterfall in the upper left of yesterday's post.

NIKON D700 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 200 62 mm (35mm equiv.)

Rick from Toronto, Canada

You selected an ideal title for this beautiful landscape image.

4 Jan 2011 5:14am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I can feel the wind, with the salt in the air... another beauty!
(I think yesterday, the sea-spray and the water pouring over the rocks in the colorful foreground grabbed all the attention.)

4 Jan 2011 5:16am

sunstone_maria from California, United States

beautiful image with such a great clarity!!! wonderful in every detail.

4 Jan 2011 6:12am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Lovely framing with the golden grass in the front!

4 Jan 2011 6:52am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

You lived in a really nice place. The ocean is the place where we came from.

4 Jan 2011 7:30am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superb shot with the golden grass in the foreground. Good day.

4 Jan 2011 8:10am

marci from in, Morocco

so beautiful - and wonderful words to accompany!

4 Jan 2011 8:20am

DULCIE from Danville, CA, United States

Your love for both the ocean and photography definitely come through in your work, Jack.
This image is a favorite of mine. The grasses are beautifully detailed.
And I enjoy the division of the photo into three horizontal layers.

4 Jan 2011 8:33am

STEED from Somewhere, France

You're a painter so.........And Excellent,more.......

4 Jan 2011 8:46am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I understand your feelings dear friend. All were born and live near the sea as our spirit Ensim hard. I could not live now in a place without him around! Your magnificent tribute to the sea under a different name so similar to mine but! A hug besos y abrazos, Adela

4 Jan 2011 9:03am

PEGGY*aiMe*PHOTO from somewhere in, France

Superbe ! j'aime tellement !!!

4 Jan 2011 9:21am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like these leading wild grasses, pushed by the wind as the waves. A beautiful landscape Jack !

4 Jan 2011 9:56am

PATRICK from miramas, France

just excellent 5****

4 Jan 2011 9:59am

Look13 from Marseille, France

A very good composition.
Great result.
A happy new year.

4 Jan 2011 10:37am

Frida from Sweden

I really like the earthy tones and the feeling of solitude. Beautiful composition.

4 Jan 2011 11:49am

@Frida: trying to comment on your site today is a disaster

oncho from granada, Spain

Fantastic composition

4 Jan 2011 11:58am

Mhelene from Paris, France

A wonderful composition ! Great color of grass .

4 Jan 2011 12:09pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Outstanding work Jack! I agree with you that it is easier to photograph a subject you truly love. Your love of the ocean definitely shines through in this series...... ;-)

4 Jan 2011 12:40pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, Florida, United States

Your love comes through, Jack, loud and clear ... oops, I just read Eric's comment and see our minds were running on the same track. I really like the foreground element in this one.

4 Jan 2011 12:45pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: thanks. i'm thinking about using my 14-24mm more to work on foregrounds

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Photography is a demanding mistress, but she gives a lot back as well. There are many folk , more sage than me, that talk about the fact that photography helps us see I certainly believe that. I re-started taking shots after a long gap when digital photography gave me the ability to take shots that I could never do with film, and since then my observation skills have really increased a lot.
The ocean is also an unforgiving mistress, dangerous, beautiful, ever changing.
Put the two mistresses together, and you have

4 Jan 2011 12:48pm

@CElliottUK: I find that even without a camera, I see all sorts of things that I never would have seen before. I am much more sensitive to the nuances of light, shape, pattern, tone, etc. Everything in my visual field is much more acutely alive.

guillaume from Paris, France

Magnific natural and savage shot !

4 Jan 2011 1:03pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great composition ;)

4 Jan 2011 1:33pm

anne fleurent from Bois-le-Roi, France

what a good sense of wind, sea, landscape to begin a new year ! I wish you and your family all happiness, peace, good moments as possible for this new year !!! I understand what you're saying about your life and the ocean, I feel the same thing about my forest, with her sandstone blocks, her pines and white sand, it's my first home. kisses

4 Jan 2011 1:44pm

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Fantastic picture, I like looking it for hours...

4 Jan 2011 1:58pm

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

Beautiful shot Jack! Love the motion in the tall grasses and the pounding surf. We just had some friends from Oregon come up for a visit over the holidays...another reminder of how I miss the Oregon coast.
Happy 2011 to you and your family!

4 Jan 2011 2:13pm

klauSZ from Kufstein, Austria

all details in this shots fits together very well,
the rough sea, the really detailes captured gras, the clowdy sky ...
amazing mood!

4 Jan 2011 2:52pm

don from spokane, United States

A fine shot of these coastal grasses as a forefront for the unruly looking ocean. My visits to the ocean have always been very rewarding.... a revitalizing experience. Fine shot today and a great, shared sentiment.

4 Jan 2011 3:11pm

Larry Elkins from Bisbee, United States


4 Jan 2011 3:58pm

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Lovely combination in this shot with the coarse grass playing the major role . . can almost taste the salt spray.

4 Jan 2011 4:44pm

Franz from Baden, Austria

wonderful scene and scenery! i guess i could sit there endlessy watching the waves ... and taking pictures!

4 Jan 2011 5:16pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I love the way the grasses and the sea almost become one....very beautiful!

4 Jan 2011 5:19pm

Sonia Nansid from Barcelona Stockholm, Sweden

Very beautiful. Amazing landscape.

4 Jan 2011 5:22pm

Richard from Montferland, Netherlands

Great composition with that grass in the foreground Jack!! Nature can be so beautiful, it gives me so many beautiful moments....

4 Jan 2011 6:04pm

Sam from Chennai, India

magnificent ! Amazing landscape with the colourful grass ... Indeed, it is a Splendor in Grass ... :)

4 Jan 2011 6:19pm

xavshot from Lucenay, France

très belle image. Bravo !

4 Jan 2011 7:35pm

rem_la from villiers, France

bien vu ces herbes folles !

4 Jan 2011 7:36pm

tataray from france, France

Magnifique, avec cet avant plan d'herbe folle !... ))

4 Jan 2011 7:42pm

Tillymea from Stockholm, Sweden

Stunning.....wonderful atmosphere!!!!! :))))))

4 Jan 2011 8:06pm

Harry from Apex, United States

I like these grasses as a foreground for the rugged point and rushing waves.

4 Jan 2011 8:16pm

¨‘°ºO Dutçh Oº°‘¨ from Neverwhere, United States

That really is a gift to live there. The moon affects the waves and the waves affect man and the circle goes round, sort of.. we don't really affect the moon of course.. unless we are mooning someone. Er, silly moment. :D

4 Jan 2011 8:22pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

this pic touch me I don't know why ! the color of the grass, the contrats between cold and warm tones ?

4 Jan 2011 8:43pm

@kerfendal: Thank you, good friend.

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

This is a wonderful composition that exudes dynamic and calmness at the same time.

4 Jan 2011 9:30pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

...And it truly shows in your photos, Jack!

4 Jan 2011 11:18pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

75??!! And here I thought you were so much younger. Or did I base that on how young Ellie looks? :-) I love the capture of wind here as the grasses bend and waves form whitecaps. I will agree you've lived in a beautiful part of the country, unlike the midwest plains here. ;-)

5 Jan 2011 1:22am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is perfectly composed rule of thirds shot.

5 Jan 2011 2:08am

Georgie from Sherwood Park, Canada

Your love of the water speaks through this photo. Simply beautiful!!

5 Jan 2011 3:05am

The Wakeful Tree from Mumbai, India


5 Jan 2011 4:05am

Bettina from Los Angeles, United States

I love the grasses in the foreground. A wonderful composition.

5 Jan 2011 7:34am

Susan from Sausalito, United States

Oh yes, such splendor--especially with the brooding sky and ocean.

5 Jan 2011 9:44pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is NICE! The grasses really set off the rest so wonderfully.

7 Jan 2011 10:13pm

Phil Bourgeois from Halifax, Canada

Very nice! I love your shots of ocean. Being a 'Bluenoser' I can fully appreciate your feelings and words. Thanks for sharing.

11 Jan 2011 4:49pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Beautifully composed with the grasses..excellent view

17 Jan 2011 7:22am