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Returning to Nature

Returning to Nature
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Copyright: John Warden (JohnWarden) Silver Note Writer [C: 9 W: 0 N: 80] (352)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1985
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon FTB QL, Canon 50mm f/1.8
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2007-11-17 13:45
Viewed: 3773
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a digital scan from slide film which I used until about 4 years ago. This image was originally taken around 1985. The landscape is from the foothills of Alberta, between Olds and Sundre. The structures no longer exist today, having sucumbed to the ravages of wind, weather and time.

I love the texture in the foreground of farmed Alberta prairie. Because I know that texture, it almost leaps out of the image for me. The texture is continued in the weathered 'barn board' buildings and collapsed roof. The incoming summer thunderstorm, rolling out of the Rocky Mountains, adds a sense of impermanence, of buildings returning to nature.

It's an old image, but it still speaks to me.

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To bobair: Wow!!JohnWarden 3 11-20 16:27
To Evelynn: Thanks EvelynnJohnWarden 1 11-19 18:13
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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-11-17 14:03]

Hi John, this photo looks like a painting with such a huge and menacing sky. You captured it so well. I like the texture of the field in the foreground too, you are right, there's a roughness in there that is very special. Thank you,


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2007-11-17 14:43]

Hello John,
Menacing looking clouds in this excellent composition. Many major storms are spawned in this area, thanks for sfaring John.

Hi John,

I really like the composition and the "story" of your image. It is very dynamic. It is really wonderful. My only concern is the amount of noise visible especially in the sky. I think a lot of it could be removed with a photo editing program.

Evelynn : )

Hi John,
this is an interesting photo and one that does show nature really has the upper hand after all.There is nothing given time and tide that can resist the changes nature brings,living or non living things here on Earth age and decay and the cycle continues.I rather like the look of dilapidated looking old buildings losing to ma nature.This photo is one that could be used on all three Trek sites as it shows nature,man made things and the piece of the world it was shot in.Given this is a scanned image you have done well with the details and colours.I have tried a workshop take on your photo,I hope you find it to be of use. Bob

beautiful image sir.....the tones are really great....very nice feeling.....thanks for ur valuable comments on my images..they are really helpful....

Hi John!
Great shot!
I really like the old and lonely house in the foreground toghether with the dark stormy clouds in the background. it is a very powerful image. I think Stephen King or something scary like that, hehe!

I did a little workshop too, giving the image a little more contrast :)


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