It didn't really look like this
Most of my pictures fall somewhere between "ground truth" and "good picture."  I think that's
pretty typical of "nature photographers" -- we want to give you a "good picture," but not
mislead you about some factual point that might matter to you. Like whether a pepper tree is
really pink, or green like you had always thought.  It's sometimes hard to draw the line -- all
pictures can benefit from some kind of "help"-- but sometimes a picture can be interesting in
its own right but pretty far from ground truth. This gallery is my over-the-line zone. It's small,
and probably won't grow fast, because there's too much real stuff I want to show you; but
your more whimsical side may enjoy some of these departures from reality.
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Light in the
Canyon 16
Light in the
Canyon 16a
16 is "real," and I have it elsewhere in
the site. But I made a negative of it and
flipped it; looks kind of neat and with
complementary mats they make a
pretty nice diptych
Into the
More negatives
Not Really
Into the
Ice Kingdom
Variations 2:
Peppertree near
Marron Adobe
I liked the design of this
scene, but it came out just
a clutter of green. Pushed
some controls around at
random and out popped
this false color version
that caught my feeling for
the scene better than the
literal image did.
Most of these images, from my Delicate Arch Suite (that, plus the number
shown, is the actual title of each picture), are close enough to ground truth to
qualify for one of the other, more reality-tethered galleries on the site -- in fact
at this point one has an additional home in "Desert Designs" -- but for context
I'm putting my whole post- processing exercise here. They are all from the
same shot, treated differently after the fact and, in most cases, with a little
help from other shots. Useful drill.
Variations 1, Bristlecone Pine (Bristlecone Country 14x) I liked the scene
(well, I always like the scenes in bristlecone territory) but couldn't do better
than BC14 without going a little over the line. Not quite satisfying. To my
surprise pushing Contrast way down uncovered secondary colors hidden by
the dark blue (14a). Who'da thunk it? Well, if you're a real photographer you
probably knew that, but I didn't. Played some more games and sort of liked b
and c too.
Portrait of the Old     
Man as an Artist

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BC 14
BC 14a
BC 14b
BC 14c
  Blue Pillow

Another negative
Rockscapes 23!
I have a more literal treatment of this
scene in Rockscapes, but sometimes  
just can't leave well enough alone.
I get various associations with this
version, some having to do with
making Sisyphus' job more