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Leica Controls the Scablands

Leica Controls the Scablands
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-06-05
Categories: Trees
Camera: Leica D-LUX 2
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-05 16:32
Viewed: 3481
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had some time and so did the sun...and Jane felt well enough for a 6 mile off road trip on washboard gravel and dirt to this location in which basaltic rocks stick up in some places over 150 feet and for miles long...so long it would be hard to put into a photo so I thought perhaps a look at this area with the Leica in 16:9 mode....and it refused to do anything but be sharp and crisp and colourful...so I cropped it to still retain the grandeur of the lodge pole pines and some of the higher elements of the basalt. It is a place like no other I have ever seen...and I am taking my time at getting use to it because I am well aware that rattlers and other critters much bigger live out here...

The volcanic action which took place in this widely understudied yet humongous area is varied from 15 to 5 million years old. The channeled scablands came only 10,000 years later and were nothing more than water forcing itself into a paintbrush among the eons old rocks.....To walk this land takes something akin to a Moon rover....even in my heavy boots I feel uncomfortable....it is rough and rugged terrain..and this year I am finally getting well into its discovery through images...

Take with my
Good Old Broken Leica!
I held a piece of polarized lens in front of the glass
ISO 80
Broken LCD and No viewfinder...
Hand held...Don't ya love Leica:-)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6527 W: 89 N: 15625] (65361)
  • [2009-06-06 8:52]

Hi Bob,you way to use the light is always spectacular.You transform a simple piece of forest in a very nice view.Excellent point of view to understand the volcanic action,my best compliments,have a nice day,LUCIANO

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  • MMM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1114 W: 0 N: 2546] (11425)
  • [2009-06-06 12:53]

Hi Bob
I dont know how you did that with half of a camera but the resukt are amasing.Excellent POV and sharp image.The polarized piece of lens did a nice job on the sky.
TFS Michel

hello Bob

a beautiful photo done with your « good old Leica »,
the very first of my digital cameras buyed in 2003
now i call him « my good old Fujifilm »,

beautiful photo with fine POV and framing,
beautiful luminosity, excellent sharpness and details,



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  • Pearl Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 105 W: 25 N: 76] (321)
  • [2009-06-06 23:41]

Hello Bob,

This is a very nice landscape picture with lovely details of the pine trees and natural colors and tones. I remember one of your post of this landscape with a different POV. I liked that too but this gives me a better image of this landscape in my mind and how the surroundings could be like. Really nice composition, the image has a nice sense of direction made by the pine trees. TFS.


Hi Bob,

Nice contrast rich picture and indeed the Leica managed it well.
Good pov and fine colours.
This are old ground when I read it good.


An awesome shot, Bob!
I love the details and the overall composition!

Hi Bob, a great POV here! towards to blue sky create an charming atmosphere with basaltic rocks and pine treees.
the way of the light enhance the scene possitively.
TFS and cheers,

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-06-10 11:21]

Great POV in portraying these Lodgepole Pines and combining that with the Basalt rocky outcrop adds interest in a fine composition that is totaly sharp and sunny.
I wish we had that kind of weather here where it's cold and rainy: our vegies don't grow!
Thanks Bob!
All the best,

Hmm bob , without a LCD and a View Finder you have done an excellent job which many of us cant! Love the place for its sheer pristine habitat and also love the way ur low angle POV is forming a sort of triangle in the center top.

HI Bob,

The subject is well framed. The tall trees have a graphical effect. The point of view is showing the trees aiming toward the sky. It is clear and preciseé The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.


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