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Sunset Reflections #3

Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 21 February 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

Yesterday was Ansel Adams birthday. It was backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains in 60s that drew me to taking photography seriously. No one made a greater impact on my photographic coming of age than did Adams. As I move through my 70s, something that has come to mean even more to me is what was profoundly true of Adams work. Adams subject matter encompassed quite narrow chunks of geography. I am learning more and more the value of going to the same place again and again (and again . . .). The moods of the McDonald Forest which borders the north and west of Corvallis have come to dominate my photography; (although ventures to the Central Coast of Oregon sometimes get in the way). It is like coming to gradually know a magnificent woman; you never tire and you never quite penetrate (and you certainly don't exhaust) the mystery.

NIKON D700 1/250 second F/7.1 ISO 500 150 mm (35mm equiv.)

sunstone_maria from California, United States

always makes me sad - the show is over :( beautiful beautiful!

21 Feb 2011 5:28am

Annie Viguié from Bordeaux, France

I like your text Jack ! This view is W O N D E R F U L !

21 Feb 2011 5:33am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Adams had a large impact on many people. He certainly was a man of vision.

21 Feb 2011 5:34am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland


merveilleux ciel et image, sueprbe quelles formes et quelle couleur, quel calme et sérénité, superbe.

Bravo et belle journée


21 Feb 2011 6:10am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I don't follow art history, so I had no idea who Ansel Adams was. I've now looked him up, and he was indeed a real pioneer, and I can see his influence in your work. I like the woman analogy.

21 Feb 2011 6:57am

Arnd from Basel, Switzerland

Definitely has an other-worldly feel to it [maybe Martian?]. I enjoyed your thoughts about Ansel Adams very much.

21 Feb 2011 7:41am

Paco Díaz from Palma de Mallorca, Spain

Fantastic reflections, great effect!

21 Feb 2011 7:55am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Lovely colours.. beautiful shot.

21 Feb 2011 8:19am

tataray from france, France

En quelques secondes ces couleurs changent .))

21 Feb 2011 8:51am

Rosa Frei - Photo Emotions from Ouarzazate, Morocco

Great image, love the colors! And the architecture.....

21 Feb 2011 8:59am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Fantastic reflections and colors of this sunset, your text is superb. Good day.

21 Feb 2011 9:00am

Vinny from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Stunningly superb shot!

21 Feb 2011 9:11am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Just what it is necessary of light I like the atmosphere of this photo

21 Feb 2011 9:44am

Elena Kotrotsou from Drossia, Greece

Very beautiful sky

21 Feb 2011 10:05am

PATRICK from miramas, France


21 Feb 2011 11:07am

guillaume from Paris, France

Superb !! Love it !

21 Feb 2011 11:14am

Franz from Baden, Austria

beautiful and resonating words on ansel adams, whose marvellous monochrome photos adorn some walls in my house and who is one my "heroes" as well. and yet another beautifully toned and processed image of this spectacular house. but be careful, jack - if you get any closer they might mistake you for a "peeping tom" and call the police on you! ;-))

21 Feb 2011 11:26am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

A building emerges from the earth with all its splendor and beauty. Perfect backlight and editing work! Muchos besos amigo Jack! Adela

21 Feb 2011 11:46am

Monique from Koh Samui, Thailand

Wow, amazing sky Jack so beautiful!

21 Feb 2011 12:00pm

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

There's no privacy in that house with Jack around! I like what you said about AA, but your last sentence is the clincher!

21 Feb 2011 12:16pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Perfect timing - a marvellous shot. Yes, Ansel Adams was an inspiration and we still have much to learn from him.

21 Feb 2011 1:13pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

This building is very beautiful !

21 Feb 2011 2:58pm

joshi daniel from India

amazing colors!

21 Feb 2011 3:09pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

Wonderful symmetry of image with text.

21 Feb 2011 3:25pm

Evelyne Dubos from Le Mans, France

Wow ! A facade completely in plate glass windows... view on the sea in all the floors and in all the rooms... great !! Wonderful sky in fire !

21 Feb 2011 3:38pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine job of capturing two very different levels of light. The result is spectacular. I got to attend several workshops with AA and nearby Friends of Photography in the 70s. It was a strong motivation to see him print in his darkroom. A principle I picked up as served me well: A picture is not taken, it is made. A good example is Moonrise over Hernandez when comparing the original negative with the superb print.

21 Feb 2011 4:13pm

Harry from United States

Looks like the last gasp of the receding sun. I like the orange window reflections near the right edge.

21 Feb 2011 4:37pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Wonderful sky. Beautiful picture.

21 Feb 2011 4:48pm

Krunal from Mumbai, India

amazing light

21 Feb 2011 4:58pm

Melocoton from Salamanca, Spain

wonderful paradise

21 Feb 2011 5:15pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What beautiful, eloquent and truthful words! I do so heartily agree. At the ripe old age of 63 (I'm catching up with you) I am a newcomer, in relative terms, to the world of serious photography. I have always been a fan, but was always concentrating more on the aesthetics of viewing only rather than capturing. Visions of Adam's work, through the years, always impressed me. I can see why you, who have followed this photographic path for such a long time, are so motivated and touched by all of that beauty in his art. That also, is why following your images, your work, and your words are so inspiring and motivating to many of us - certainly to me. Thank you, Jack. BTW - this is my favorite of the series :-)

21 Feb 2011 5:46pm

Sunder from Chennai, India

Awesome shot! Great colours and light...

21 Feb 2011 7:07pm

Diane from Hythe, Alberta, Canada

this is so beautiful Jack.

21 Feb 2011 7:09pm

kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Great thoughts you share today Jack -) And I have just started to realise that returning to subjects is a wonderful process for really getting to know the subject.

21 Feb 2011 7:09pm

cristoF from montbéliard, France

trés beau ciel !

21 Feb 2011 7:11pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I can't argue with the idea of visiting a place often. It's interesting to see the different light and moods that you can find. This is a beautiful shot, Jack.

21 Feb 2011 10:03pm

Leah Kay from Fort Collins, United States

this is amazing.

21 Feb 2011 10:19pm

✿ Anina ✿ from Auckland, New Zealand

This is beautiful, Jack. The lighting is terrific. I really enjoyed reading your words and thoughts. I'm a big Ansel Adams fan.

21 Feb 2011 10:38pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Stunning colours Jack! Well done! ;-)

21 Feb 2011 11:02pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain

amazing colors, beautiful shot !

21 Feb 2011 11:49pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Magnifique, this is very well done.

22 Feb 2011 1:17am

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

Sometimes we are limited in where we can explore and it forces us to focus deeper. I'm not so sure Ansel was limited but he definitely had his favored places and when you become that familiar with a place you can't help, with some careful observation, to make it glow in your work as you have done here Jack. This is breathtaking. Like nothing i see here.

22 Feb 2011 2:23am

Maria Draper from California, United States

what a lovely reflection in those windows

22 Feb 2011 5:09am

anne fleurent from Bois-le-roi, France

amazing and wonderful !!!! I like your text too... Ansel Adams is a great for me too

22 Feb 2011 8:54am

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

Wow, what a shot! great light and colors create a spectacular mood!

22 Feb 2011 8:51pm

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Cool! I can see what they are having for dinner! I love the orange light reflecting off the windows on the far right too. The power of light.......

23 Feb 2011 10:37pm

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Absolutely my fave in your house/sunset series...its a superb capture perfect light and colors

24 Feb 2011 1:30pm