Friday, January 21, 2011

Blue: It’s not just a color.

A couple of days ago I was playing around with my zoom lens in class.  It’s a lens from my 35mm film Nikon, I’ve had it since the early 80’s.  Although it does work with my newer digital Nikon SLR, it only works in manual mode.  Which is all fine with me, except when I forget that I didn’t switch back into auto mode when I put the original lens back on.
So I saw that the Thematic Photographic theme for this week would be blue and decided that since I had posted a lot about our inversions, it was time to show the good side.  I came out of school and looked towards the mountains at the east.  There was a big cloud over the mountains to the north, but directly east and somewhat south there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  The storm a couple days ago scrubbed the valley clean, and the view was crisp, the mountains snow covered and the sky an impeccable blue.  There was my picture for this week.  I took 20 pictures, with the standard, totally automatic lens my camera came with.  Unfortunately, the camera was still set on manual.  My heart sank when I pulled them up on my computer.  So, what should have been a beautiful blue sky over the stark white Wasatch Mountains turned into a blue mood.  Until I figured out how to make it work for me.  So, here is the best one of the bunch, the sky may not be blue, but I was when I saw it.


A Paperback Writer said...

The sky has been pretty lately -- not that you'd guess from this pic.

Carmi said...

Ouch! I've lost count how many times I've forgotten to toggle a switch somewhere on the camera and ended up with something completely different than I had intended. Of course, we only discover the boo boo long after the shoot, and long after the subject and moment have passed into memory.

Oddly, moments like this seem to embed themselves in my head, and they teach me to know better for next time, I'll always make mistakes, of course. But next time out, it'll be a new kind of mistake. I'm ok with that and I'm glad I have the ability to learn from the experience.

That said, this is lovely. A different kind of lovely than you wanted, but lovely nonetheless. Great perspective on the theme!

Karen S. said...

Actually I can see the blue...really...but who needs deep rich blue sky when you have mountains like that! That's always been the hardest part for me when driving back home after being out west....leaving the mountains! The closer I get to home the smaller they become....great photo Max....!

Twain12 said...

i like it too...i can imagine the blue :)

Max said...

The mountains are one of the things that keeps me out here. I moved from Massachusetts, where we considered that pile of sand at the Public Works a mountain. It's hard to get turned around here, you can see the mountains from anywhere in the valley and get your bearings.

hpicasso said...

blue powder
a dust storm of

Max,thanks for stopping by today...while on an East coast tour, I shot 40 something pics at Newfound Gap, but only one of this tree...out of 5,000 pics, I found about 10 that changed my way of targeting shots...that was one

Peace, hp

Anonymous said...

i can feel your blue mood, yet
seeing a light blue above the mountains.
those are some major mountains.

Greyscale Territory said...

O what a story! "Blue on blue/ Heartache on heartache..." But the final photo does have an enchantment all its own!

janie said...

wow, ghostly mountains, cool.

PastorMac's Ann said...

Bummer, you didn't get to capture the blue sky like you saw it and wanted to, but you still have a really nice shot here. The mountains are great.