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Crazed Earth
Crazed Earth
Alvord Dream
Alvord Dream
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Prosperity Final 052517.jpg
Alvord Pano Final 052517.jpg
Billions and Billions Final 052517.jpg
Alvord Desert Nights Final 050117.jpg
Mirror Mirror Final 052517.jpg
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Life Finds a Way
Life Finds a Way
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Crazed Earth
Crazed Earth"Crazed Earth"The mud flats of the Alvord Desert are an astounding puzzle of polygonal shapes broken up by even smaller geometric features. These mostly six-sided cells are formed as the seasonal lake evaporates leaving the mud behind to dry and crack. Potters intentionally work to recreate this pattern in their artwork through a technique called "crazing". To witness this effect applied to our planet's surface on such a grand scale is a sight to behold.This nightscape, while relatively simple in composition, is one of the most technical images that I produce. It includes two separate focus blended foreground images, one lit and the other unlit. The two foregrounds are then overlaid to create a unique highlight and shadow profile that cannot be achieved in post processing alone. This technique gives subtle depth to an otherwise mostly flat appearing surface. The sky is comprised of a dozen 15-second images that have been star aligned, stacked, and median combined to deliver the equivalent of a 3-minute tracked exposure.
Alvord Dream
Alvord DreamThe sky over the Alvord Desert during this sunset is one that photographers dream about. It was cloudy so I thought that some kind of colors would materialize. Little did I know that the sky would start out a beautiful golden hue and rapidly transition to orange and then to the orange/pink that is captured in this photograph. I am very fortunate to have been at this location and to be able to witness the majesty of the moment.
Beacon Final 061517.jpg
Alvord Desert Sunrise Final 043017.jpg
Convergence Final 052517.jpg
Prosperity Final 052517.jpg
Alvord Pano Final 052517.jpg
Billions and Billions Final 052517.jpg
Alvord Desert Nights Final 050117.jpg
Mirror Mirror Final 052517.jpg
Textured Space Final 043017.jpg
Life Finds a Way
Life Finds a Way"Life Finds a Way"From organisms that thrive at the bottom of the deep-sea near volcanic vents to microbes that spring to life after being shrouded in ice for millennia to plants that take root in the muddy cracks of a dry desert floor...life finds a way. If life happens everywhere it can conceivably be sustained here on Earth, what does that say about the possibilities of life on other worlds?
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