Saturday, March 21, 2009

Geologic Layers

Earlier this year I spent some time shooting at the Paint Mines Interpretive Park. I got there early on a clear morning. Although the light was gorgeous, it was unsuitable for photographing the canyons. In retrospect, I realized that I what I really needed was diffuse light. I reckoned that it would fill in the shadows. Friday, I got the chance to test this hypothesis. This time, the sky was overcast. I arrived at the park around 11 AM. The light was bright and very diffuse, lighting up the interior of the canyon nicely. Overall, I think the light was easier to work worth. I can't wait to try again - in this canyon and others. I will be back to the Paint Mines as I don't feel that I've captured it adequately yet.

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9 comments:

Tricia said...

I can see why you want to photograph the canyon - it's beautiful! The colors & layers are amazing! Oh the history there

Sharon said...

Very unique and awesome rock formations. I could see how the lighting would make a huge difference & I am sure this place will look different every time you visit.

jules said...

The Paint Mines are just awesome! It's unbelievable how many photos I took on my two visits there this Winter. My plan is to shoot them in all four seasons, can't wait. One of the cool things about going there in the Winter is that you usually have the place to yourself.

Linnea W said...

Those are really interesting rock formations. Yes, show us some more. You'll have to come back to this place at different times to play around with the effects of lighting. You have amazing photos on your blog. I'll follow you! Enjoy the day and hi from California...

Photo Cache said...

Where is this? Awesome rock formation. I am currently running a series on some rock formations too, come and visit.

Bryan said...

Great to see you joined Scenic Sunday, Russ!

I looked at this photo at 100% to get a better look at the textures, and you captured those very well. The formations almost look fragile.

Russ said...

Thank you everyone for visiting and your nice comments. To answer some specific questions or comments, read on...

Hey jules! I thinking that it would look amazing after a fresh rain. But the mud has got to be a nightmare! Red clay would stick and stain to anything.

Linnea - Welcome! What part of California? I've lived in the Sacramento area.

Photo Cache - I'll take a look. I find rock formations very interesting, but very difficult to capture. Oh, and this place is in Colorado, some 40 miles east of Colorado Springs. Check out the link to the park's website (in the posting).


Bryan - thanks! I glad you pointed to me to Scenic Sunday. This one is going to be very hard to regularly post to, as I'm usually out of the house on weekends. BTW - the formations are tougher than they seem, but fragile compared to other rocks. Although I wanted to, I never touched them.

ms toast burner said...

Wow! What a great place to go play! Very interesting shapes, textures and colours. Lucky you!

Lindab said...

How amazing. Hard to believe that it's all natural.