A couple of weeks ago, the weather was rather mild in our part of the Sonoran Desert so we decided to take a hike which was partly in the Spur Cross Recreation Area. As we hiked over a dozen miles that day, we could see Elephant Mountain from numerous vantage points.
This is a well-known landmark in the area and there are several ranger-led hikes to the mountain every year. You can call for information if you like. Our hike this day took us near the mountain and around the sides, but not on to it. It was our near constant companion as we trekked along.
If you are having difficulty “seeing” the “elephantness” of the mountain, here is another copy of the photo with my interpretation.
As a bonus, I included a relevant quote. If you read my website regularly, you probably surmised that I am a collector of quotes.
File Name: DSC_4018.NEF
Capture time: 10:50 AM
Capture date: Dec 14, 2018
Exposure: 1/160 sec @ f/10
Focal Length: 18mm
Camera: Nikon D3300
Lens: 18.0 – 55.0mm f/3.5-5.6
Edited in Lightroom
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Photography has always fascinated me. I originally became intrigued by the science of photography, i.e. the ability to use a device (camera) and film (coated with silver or chemical compounds) or digital image (using modern sensors) to recreate a specific scene. Doesn’t it seem magical? I can only imagine the thrill experienced by early pioneers when they discovered how to capture and reproduce that which the eye can see.
Beyond the science of photography, I admire those who can harness the beauty in the world around us. Most people can learn the technical skills necessary to take a good photograph. There are others though who have a special way of looking at the world and seeing things that seem to be invisible to most of us until they are placed before us as a photographic image.
The nighttime photographs below (from a Digital Photography School article linked below) allow us to share the photographic vision and talents of others.
This is a picture of the Sydney Opera House which is world renowned and recognized as an iconic symbol of Australia. I have seen dozens of pictures of the Opera House and many of them are very similar. This photograph is named “Black Lotus” and indeed presents a view that many of us have probably never seen. Mathijs van den Bosch had a vision when this scene unfolded before him and captured it for all of us to enjoy. Via
The picture above is of an architectural element. We only have an approximation of the size and I am sure a large number of people have passed by this relief and appreciated it. I can almost sense the breath emanating from the statuesque form as Fehrum’s picture suggests that the cherubic figure is blowing the flame. Via
I am not familiar with the Edinburgh Clock Tower which conjures up mental images of London’s Big Ben, but this building is certainly attractive and noteworthy in its own right. Marco Bocelli finds just the right amount of light to render this image concurrently mysterious and majestic. Via
See more interesting nighttime images at the Digital Photography Schools web page:
31 Mystical Night Photography Images