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The Swirls of Time: Lake Tahoe, CA
In between big, scopey color images, I love to focus upon the details, the pieces that make up the whole. The delicate passages of Time.

Up in the mountains that I call home, there is nothing like a mighty bristle cone pine to model this mood. I can stare at them for hours. Stories appear, gestures, thoughts and ideas. They're almost like a tree version of The Illustrated Man.

Black and white is what takes them from reality into their own world for me. I see them that way even as press the shutter.
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Fujifilm X-T2, 16-55mm lens
ISO 1000, f/14, 1/220 sec
Handheld. 'Cause.
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"Stillpoint": Lake Tahoe
Just a moment of peace. 'Cause who couldn''t use a splash o' THAT?
Pano taken at the beginning of last year... but to me, if feels timeless.
Every time I look at it, I feel my breathing slow down and deepen, my heart relax.

Stillpoint. I love that space.
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Panorama taken with my X-T1, 16-55mm lens, sitting atop a lovely Really Right Stuff tripod and PG-01 mirrorless pano head. Awesomeness made simple. :D
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"Sermon": New York City
Prayerful moments happen in the spaces in between things.
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I like smaller abstractions of the bigger view.  I think alot of us do. They sort of draw you in, like standing behind someone and just being drawn to the nape of their neck, or the curve of their ear. 

I also like lines, shapes and textures - and sometimes I have no other justification for an image but the fact that I'm digging the way that particular combo plays together. 

Such was the case here. And since color was a distraction to those things I liked best about this frame... I said mmbuh-bye to it and decided to speak simply, in shades of white, grey and black.

[Oxymoron alert! Personally, besides the fact that I started in black and white and still LOVE it... stripping out color often gives me a certain kind of rest in my nervous system and an eyeball-reset. At least, that's the best way I can think of to describe it. 

Anyway, this isn't one of those blingy-blockbuster photos... but it's one of the quieter ones that I really like. I find it soothing. :D

Fujifilm X-T1, 16-55mm lens
Handheld, 1600 ISO, f/9, 1/250
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The Deep... Truckee, CA
Lines, tones, reflections. 
Sometimes that's all you need to say it all. ;)

#blackandwhite   #bnw   #truckee   #winter  
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"Lightdance"... Truckee, CA

We were out for a walk at Donner Lake on a glorious winter day over the holidays. Family in town, it wasn't a day to carry tripods, multiple cameras and all that jazz. It was a decidedly much more casual adventure. So I decided to carry one camera, one lens.  My choice that day: Fuji X-T1 and 27mm lens. 

I like doing that sometimes... limit my options, use a lens I don't use as often and see what comes of it. It's a fun exercise that hones my vision, forces me to get creative and reminds me of the days when all I had was a pocket camera to work with. 

A lot of the time, I end up throwing away almost everything from the first half of the day (which doesn't include the multitude in-camera deletions as I experiment my way into something worth keeping)... then the images get better. Obviously, my eye has to get "tuned up" to seeing differently, especially if I've been focusing on the wider view, landscape epic-ness, etc. 

I truly believe in changing things up, giving myself little challenges, trying new things. It always makes me reach inside deeper, not rely on old tricks or anything done "by rote". I do it in my life, too. Can't stand when things get too routine... I always have to refresh the screen. 

Anyhow, that's how this one happened. I love it. Probably wouldn't have seen it in quite the same way otherwise. 

Fuji X-T1, 27mm lens
ISO 200, f/13
Handheld

See it grande: http://karenhutton.com/lightdance
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She Sparkles... Truckee, CA
An aspen leaf, looking lovely one rainy morning. 
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Light Rising... Donner Lake, CA

Play is good. I just gotta, or I wither on the delicate vine.
In this case: dead tree, sunrise, foggy morning. Shoot using a 10-stop ND filter and LuCroit holder to make it look all otherworldly. Then add textures 'n stuff to make it look like the tree scratched everything on its way down.

Who knows if it works or not, but I does like to play. Did I mention that?

Do you do that too?

‪#‎fujifilmx_us‬ ‪#‎truckee‬ ‪#‎visittruckee‬
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"The Cloisters", New York City
I rarely see other photographers when I visit The Cloisters and Fort Tryon park in NYC. I'm not sure why that is, since it's such a fabulous place!

But that's OK, because moments like this are meant to be quiet and singular.
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Cloistered... The Cloisters, NYC
I'm heading back to NYC later this month. WooHoo! I visited The Cloisters last time I was there...man, what an amazing place.

I love finding spots where it feels like time stands still... past, present and future all floating together in crystalline clarity, in the exact same moment. It makes you want to hold your breath so "the float" will last just a bit longer and you can look at each sparkly facet. This was one of those moments. 
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