Archive for landscape photography

Oh Canada…

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2011 by cliffmichaels

Given the way the fanatical Tea Partiers are trashing this country I’ve revived my “I’ll move to Canada” fantasies I last entertained in 1968. Then, frankly, I didn’t want to die in a stupid war I didn’t believe in. Now I don’t want to live in a country that shreds Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs for the poor and middle class while granting the rich more and more largesse.

On the other hand it gets really cold in Canada, I don’t like hockey, can’t speak French, and find their football unbearably silly…

During my Flickr safari this morning I did find one Canadian photographer whose work is full of Canada’s beauty. He’s Pierre Noel de Tilly.  Here’s his excellent website.

This large set, shows off his skill as a photographer and the beauty of the Iles de la Madeleine. I had no idea where these islands were; here’s a part of the Wikipedia entry:

The Magdalen Islands (FrenchÎles de la Madeleine) form a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence with a land area of 205.53 square kilometres (79.36 sq mi). Though closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, the islands form part of the Canadian province of Quebec.
Here’s a photo by Northern Bird 8. taken in the islands, subject to a creative commons license 

Flickr groups: Canadian Maritime Photography, Iles de la Madeleine (nature), Iles de la Madeleine

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Another Visions Post You Won’t Read

Posted in art, FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2011 by cliffmichaels

Four Gorgeous  Flickr Sets:

BIG SUR 

CA COAST 

SPRING  

LAKE BALATON

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I started with a set from my favorite Flickr artist, Patrick Smith, then chose a photo from his favorites and chose a set from that photographer, then chose one of his favorites, and so on.

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Mountain Majesty

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2011 by cliffmichaels

Photo by Martin Chen, subject a creative commons license

One of Martin’s Flickr sets

Flickr Mountain Groups: Mountains & Clouds  Mountains & Water  Mountain Lakes

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Flickr News Stand (7/9/11)

Posted in FLICKR, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , on July 9, 2011 by cliffmichaels

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FIRST LADIES 

HARRY POTTER 

IOWA 

SPACE SHUTTLE 

TABLOIDS 

DUST STORM   

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July 4, 2011

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY with tags , , , , , on July 3, 2011 by cliffmichaels

Image by Joe Penniston, subject to a non-commercial creative commons license 

Joe’s Best Shots

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Feeling Ashamed

Posted in art, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on June 25, 2011 by cliffmichaels

As I’ve noted before, I  am an incredibly lazy photographer. On many of my excursions, the only exercise I get is pushing the buttons that lower my car’s windows. This past wednesday, for example, I spent two plus hours driving around south Blount County snapping summer landscapes from the air conditioned comfort of my Honda Civic. I did, however, actually get out of my car at one point and walk well over one hundred feet along a level roadway to get some shots I couldn’t manage from my car.  I felt so proud…

I was channel surfing last night and stumbled upon a Weather Channel program about one incredibly intrepid photographer. I didn’t get his name, but he was shooting with a medium format camera and his shots were magnificent. (update: he’s Peter Lik, renowned Australian photographer).

He was shooting in the southwest, around the Colorado river canyons, including the ultimate, the Grand. Now, this guy would climb rock formations for hours to get just the right shot, or dangle precariously over the edge of a sheer nrock wall, hundreds of feet above ground, to get that fresh perspective.  Oh, and he was doing all of this while lugging a industrial strength tripod and wearing an oversized backpack full of thousands of dollars worth of camera gear.

In his voice  over narration he told us a handful of people fall to their death every year from the top of  canyon walls. He didn’t tell us how many of those poor souls were landscape photographers. If any were, I just hope each victim’s final photo was unique and well composed, with delicate color and razor sharp focus…

This unknown photog even makes my Flickr hero,  Patrick Smith, look like a dilettante. Smith plots out his landscape shots well in advance, consulting Google maps as well as tide and sun tables to find just the right time and place to put his camera. As far as I can tell, however, not even Smith delights in risking  his life.

So I  feel even more ashamed than before. I ought to make a vow to abandon my car, to get out, climb those smoky mountains, tramp through those dark forests, go to any lengths, take any risks  necessary to get fresh, unique,  shots of the Tennessee countryside.

I ought to do that. I really should. And I might. Maybe. Someday. Soon….

This gorgeous photo of Canyon Piva in Montenegro by Alexander Shchukin, courtesy of a creative commons license, did not cost the photographer his life or limb (as far as I know…)

Here’s a group of canyon photos

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Appalachian Winter

Posted in FLICKR, photographers, PHOTOGRAPHY, tennessee with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 24, 2011 by cliffmichaels

Scott Hotaling (Flickr handle Light of the Wild) provides only a single sentence about himself on his profile page: “A climber and photographer, I love going on adventures to beautiful places and sharing the bitchin’ views.”  While his entire photostream is well worth viewing, his magnificent small set Appalachian Winter is amazing…

And here’s a Flickr group, Winter Landscapes, with nearly eighteen thousand more shots of snowy trees and mountains!

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