Sunday, July 26, 2009

Grand Canyon - Part Two

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Cloud Over Lipan Point
© Larry Torno, 2005

Lipan Point is a stop on the 26-mile Desert View Drive that loops the South Rim of the Canyon. After hiking and muling for 4 days, we chose to ride in an air-conditioned vehicle for a change.

While at first glance this appears to be just a cloud-over-the-Canyon image, if you look towards the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph, you can see the Colorado River winding through the landscape. This reference point will give you an idea as to the massive scale of the cloud overhead and the completely unobstructed, panoramic view of the Canyon.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Grand Canyon - Part One

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45 Minutes from the Rim
© Larry Torno, 2005

In the fall of 2005, my wife and I treated ourselves to a quiet, off-season, week in the Grand Canyon. It was in early October and the summer crowds were long gone. Our time was divided into 2 days of getting to know the area, a 2-day mule ride to the bottom of the Canyon (with an overnight stay at the Phantom Ranch), and 2 days of recovery and decadence in our luxury suite at the El Tovar Hotel.

I took the usual sunset photos and vacation memory images but walked away with a collection of personal observations that I will share in the next 4 weeks.

45 Minutes from the Rim was taken on Day Two of the mule ride, when we arrived at our last rest stop of the 5-hour journey up from the Canyon floor. The absolute stillness and isolation of the area and the last chance at scenery not visible from above, prompted this image.

You don’t think of the Grand Canyon as a place of trees, but there were many that I stopped to photograph. This one, with the bare branches reaching back into the Canyon, reminded me of a sculpture with twisted, outstretched arms straining to their maximum length.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Paved Paradise - Part Four

Light Field
© Larry Torno, 2007

Sometimes the shot is not OF the parking lot but what's IN the parking lot.

This scene appeared on one of my Sunday Art Adventures. I was so taken by the location that I cut across several lanes of oncoming traffic and shot the image without getting out of my car. I couldn't wait to capture what I was seeing.

A fine art photographer friend of mine commented on the photo with the following accolades:

You are right!! It is just wonderfully seen. Edward Weston, my hero, once wrote, that the difference between the good and the great photograph is what he called "seeing plus." Only a handful of photographers can even define "seeing plus" and that is why 99.9% of all pictures are what Ansel Adams called "a nice record of something that exists.!!!!!!! "Seeing plus" is the hidden treasure that you must find to elevate above the masses - You have arrived!!

Care to take a guess as to what the hidden treasure was that Bob saw in this image?

Here's the missing sentence from his comment . . . The wire coming back in at the bottom is just the kicker!!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Paved Paradise - Part Three

Parking Lot Study
© Larry Torno, 2007

I found this church parking lot in St. Charles, Missouri. I'm not sure when the accidental stain happened but it attracted me immediately. It made me think about artists like Morris Louis and Jackson Pollock who purposely spilled paint on their canvases.

Someone once commented that the white lines in this photo looked like a Christmas tree. I'm always fascinated by the visions people find in art.