Degas

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”

(Edgar Degas)

I’ve had this quote and post saved as a draft for quite awhile, waiting for a photo that would go along with it – and as I went through the remaining infrared photos from May and June, this one jumped right at me:

Infrared photo of the solitary Cottonwood tree on the pastures at Lake Henshaw, with an interesting ornament of clouds. Near Warner Springs, California, May 2016.
“Rumours of Vapor” – infrared photo of the solitary Cottonwood tree on the pastures at Lake Henshaw, with an interesting ornament of clouds. Near Warner Springs, California, May 2016. The title plays a little bit with the thought of the clouds being “vapor signals” much like “smoke signals”, one of the oldest forms of long-distance communication…

It was one of these “I can’t believe this!” moments, and extremely fleeting: the clouds were burning off really fast in the afternoon, and mere minutes later, there was nothing left of them. I was very happy that I was able to find a camera position where I could line up clouds and tree like this, avoiding the old fence fragments on the pasture, or any other disturbing foreground element for that matter.

Also, with regards to the infrared photos from that day, this is about the only frame that works – I was using the Canon 16-35/2.8 (instead of the 17-40/4) and it has such an extreme infrared hotspot that most of the other photos are not really usable. I didn’t really notice it in the viewfinder and/or display unfortunately. This particular exposure was made at f/2.8 (which is why the foreground is a bit unsharp), and the hotspot isn’t visible at this aperture, thankfully. I guess luck was on my side on that day! (should’ve bought a lottery ticket;-)

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