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Sep 23 2010

Dune

I’ve spent the past few weeks neglecting cyberspace and making actual prints of photos for my upcoming show in Seattle. Now that that’s done, it’s time to post about the images that will be part of the show. (To see the ones I’ve already blogged about, click on “Avanti” in the tag cloud.)

This photo was taken on a walk to High Head Beach in Truro. (I was on my way to check out a huge colony of seals that had taken up residence on the sand bar, but that’s a story – and a photo – for another time.)

Of the thousands of artists who have captured the unique environment of Cape Cod, one of my favorites is Joel Meyerowitz. Imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, my goal was to come close to some of the images he’s taken of the dunes. I failed miserably.

Which is not to say this is a bad image; rather, it took off in some other direction entirely. (My sensei, somewhat generously, suggested Ansel Adams. Oh, sensei, I am not worthy.)

Getting this image to where I wanted it involved several different steps, including desaturating the sand, and adding a black and white gradient that leaves that little bit of color in the dune while fading the sky to black. The result is an impression of infinite sky giving way to the far reaches of space, somewhere on the cusp between day and night.

What'cha think?

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