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corvi [userpic]
more hiking photos

I'm usually more interested in photographing little things than big ones. I like poking my nosy beak into all the tiny secrets of the universe - the way pine needles lay in careless spirals, the way rain collects in shining beads along a serrated leaf edge, the way a woman's hair is full of crescent moons during an eclipse, the texture of the Seattle sky spun spderweb between towers. All the little mysteries, all the little dances of physics and color and timing.

But... here is a big thing. My apologies to your poor web browser.

This is about 200 degrees of image, which is why it seems sort of distorted or optical illusion-y - It goes from shooting upwards at about 75 degrees to shooting below my feet (see the blurred brown thing in the very bottom shot? I'm standing on it). No tripod was used (how I wished for one!) and the colors are wierd in a couple of segments, so it's composited imperfectly - you can probably see one, maybe as many as three places where I stuck together photos and then tried to hide it with a bit of digital painting.
There are neurons in the brain devoted solely and entirely to recognizing straight lines - it is one of a very few hardwired absolutely basic visual programming routines humans have. They've actually found, tracking neurons (via MRI, I think, but don't quote me on that bit), certain single neurons always go off for horizontal lines, and others for vertical. So even blurring and feathering the photo edges as little as I did makes them a lot less obvious to Joe Average Human. And you, I hope. :)

I like it, even though I can't make it look good enough to fool anyone. And waterfalls, all those lovely veils and arcs and sliding sheets of water, will not stand still for you to photograph them. Little foam-haired imps!

Current Mood: bikesore, but happy
Current Music: Billy Joel - River of Dreams

wow, awesome!
i could only spot one contact point. great photoshopping! (and photography, but that goes without saying...)

i also really enjoyed your intro to the photo. pure poetry! :o)

Yeah, I can see joins, but it's still lovely.
Is there a word for the sort of alliteration you used in the last clause of the long introductory sentence? If not, I'm hereby dubbing it palindromic alliteration. And it's keen.

The waterfall (esp at the bottom) looks like the root systems of the trees in the amazon jungle. gorgeous.

*grin* Wow, Corvi. That brightened my morning, having something that beautiful to look at on my screen. Yeah, i saw one join, but not the rest, and I had to go back and actually look for that one. The first look I was too busy ooh-ing over the pretty water fall, and trees, and ooh shiny. =)

I was able to see the lines, but still, that's lovely. Well done.

I've said it before, and I'll say it again:


Pretty! :D Your photo's are as much artwork as your words! :D

Isn't the neurology of perception fascinating? Sensation and Perception was one of my all-time favorite classes, despite being with one of the "boring" professors.

The photo's beautiful, though. I can see the joins, but only if I look pretty carefully, and it doesn't at all effect the impact of the image.

> Sensation and Perception was one of my all-time favorite classes

Cool! I wish I'd gotten to take an entire class; I've just learned bits and pieces of how visual input is processed here and there, because most of what I've been studying and most of my research is image processing with computers, and the human nervous system offers both inspiration and an eventual (and very far off) goal.
We have developed good horizontal and vertical line detection systems for computers, though.

giant turtle

It looks like the giant turtle (aka the northern oracle) in the Never Ending Story movie. Morloch in the swamp of sadness... coool!
I didn't notice the joins at all, maybe if I chose to look for them, but why ruin an image like this by doing that to yourself.

Where is this btw?

Re: giant turtle

This is the falls at Snoqualmie falls, taken from their very convenient overlook platform.
I'd originally gone up to Snoqualmie looking for snow, but the fact that I hadn't found any didn't stop me from a hike.