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Paulo Bizarro

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Valerie's Southwest
« on: November 02, 2015, 10:49:03 AM »

Thanks for such a great article, full of passion and high quality photos. I will probably never have the chance to visit such places, so your images take me there instead.

Great work.

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2015, 02:59:58 PM »

Beautiful and meaningful images.  Heartfelt emotion and poetically written.  Thanks for sharing your love of this amazing area.

Ron
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2015, 03:13:27 PM »

Wonderful essay and photos. Thanks for sharing with us.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2015, 03:32:45 PM »

Yup, lovely photos from one of the most starkly beautiful areas on the planet. Clearly taken with a deep appreciation for the region and the history of human interaction with it.

-Dave-
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« Reply #4 on: November 02, 2015, 04:16:57 PM »

Clearly a great combination of passionate love and artistic talent!

Congratulations Valerie!

Tony Jay
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Re: Valerie's Southwest
« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2015, 08:14:48 PM »

 

Paulo, Ron, Les, Telecaster and Tony Jay !

 I much appreciate the kind words! Thank you!

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Re: Valerie's Southwest
« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2015, 12:09:39 AM »

Excellent article. Gorgeous photography!

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2015, 08:00:21 AM »

I absolutely love this sentence:

" To reduce some of the world’s most beautiful regions or vistas as not worthy simply because others have aimed their cameras in the same direction is cheating yourself not only as an observer of substantial beauty, but most certainly as a photographer and artist. "

There are way to many photographers that I have run across that put their nose up in contempt when talking about photographing at an iconic location, as if those areas were beneath them somehow.
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« Reply #8 on: November 03, 2015, 08:53:09 AM »

Excellent article. Gorgeous photography!

Appreciate that Adias!

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« Reply #9 on: November 03, 2015, 09:00:31 AM »

I absolutely love this sentence:

" To reduce some of the world’s most beautiful regions or vistas as not worthy simply because others have aimed their cameras in the same direction is cheating yourself not only as an observer of substantial beauty, but most certainly as a photographer and artist. "

There are way to many photographers that I have run across that put their nose up in contempt when talking about photographing at an iconic location, as if those areas were beneath them somehow.

Thanks so much E.J., that gave me a bit of a chuckle with my coffee this morning!  I guess we've all come across this sentiment from time to time. While I also love finding new and "off the beaten path" scenes, I could very contently shoot nothing but the iconic for the rest of my life.  Challenged to see old things in new ways, of course. I'd even call myself pretty fortunate while doing it! 

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« Reply #10 on: November 03, 2015, 10:24:21 AM »

On those few occasions when I have been fortunate to travel to the Southwest, I found it to be like shooting ducks in a barrel.  There are so many opportunities, so many choices that it is like photographic overload.  For me, sometimes it became too much.  I think part of the problem was limited time compared to someone who lives there or lives close by. 
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« Reply #11 on: November 04, 2015, 05:12:26 AM »

As far as I know Valerie - second time on Lula -, she is not just an eye on a viewfinder and a finger on the shutter release, but mainly - just read what she wrote, a very serious mind and a very well tuned brain.

Thank you Valerie.
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« Reply #12 on: November 04, 2015, 08:32:16 AM »


hsteeves:  the Southwest certainly seems limitless in its possibilities for great photography, I'll agree.  I've never felt it was as easy as "shooting ducks in a barrel" but then I'm not a wildlife photographer either  :) 

<Kidding aside>  Many times I've stood in front of an amazing vista, canyon or desert scene and found that trying to make sense of it photographically seemed daunting. Being able to return often does give one an edge for sure, however, more often than not, I'm rolling up on places I've never seen before.

ysengrain: That's a fine compliment and I raise holiday "red cup" Starbacks at you!  Thanks

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« Reply #13 on: November 04, 2015, 11:59:26 AM »

Valerie, I come from a part of the world where it is flat.  We joke that we can see the dog running away from home for 3 days - this is not true as after a day and a half, the dog realizes the futility of it and comes back.  I look at the southwest, any mountains, coasts, forests as wondrous environments, something akin to being in a landscape candy store.  Its matter of picking and choosing.
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« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2015, 12:16:27 PM »

Wonderful article and filled with inspiration.

Thanks,

Alan
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« Reply #15 on: November 04, 2015, 12:34:11 PM »

Honestly, I'm getting somewhat jaded about "classic" landscape photography.

But there's nothing at all jaded about this set. Photography from somebody clearly very, very well tuned into her subject.
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« Reply #16 on: November 06, 2015, 08:33:42 AM »


 Thank you kindly Alan !

 David Mantripp,  Appreciate the compliment!

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« Reply #17 on: November 06, 2015, 08:55:46 AM »

What David said. Enjoyed the essay and your site very much, thanks.
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Re: Valerie's Southwest
« Reply #18 on: November 07, 2015, 02:56:18 AM »

Wonderful article and images, please keep posting them!

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« Reply #19 on: November 07, 2015, 08:51:19 AM »

Excellent seeing, excellent writing. Thank you!
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