Catching Up with some B&W River Photos

Where the river ends, the sun glints, until the dark of night rules the river.

There are stretches of the river bed as bald as possible of nothing but flat stone and then you find a congregation of rocks clinging together under the water.

The refraction of light in the Pedernales river plus the convex/concave moving waves of water around rock create dancing “light waves” on the rock bed of the river. There is a scientific and objective understanding of this phenomenon but there is also a understanding of beauty and connection too.

A giant turtle head emerging from a waterfall in the river.

To Live in the Moment

A moment to our cameras is usually measured in fractions of second.  Often the faster the better. 1/500th of second is certainly better than 1/16th of second to capture the moment, correct? Maybe not. The way we experience moments is certainly not that fast. A waterfall is sensed as whole rather than a frozen snapshot. The water is seen as a falling mass rather than a thousand drops as a 1,2500th of second would show; the spray tickles or skin, wet invades our nose, and then there is the roar water mass makes as it collides in upon itself. Further downstream a leaf slowly floats by. How to capture this in a still image is the challenge. Somewhere in the dimension of time and light is the answer.

“Whatever else a photograph may be about, it is always about time.” – Richard Misrach


Shot with a Lee Seven5 filter system on the OM-D E-M5.

Oak Trees on the Burton Ranch

I almost always have a music playing while I edit photos.  And if it is not literally playing then it is playing in my head. While editing this image I could hear Rush… The Trees… with the struggle between the Maples and the Oaks.  “…and the trees shall be kept equal by hatchet, axe and saw.”

Oak Trees on the Burton Ranch
Oak Trees on the Burton Ranch at Sunset

This image was actually a three image composite I was shooting to capture the deep shadows and the sunset sky.  While not tone mapped with HDR software per se, the three images were blended using an enfusing plugin in Lightroom.  I was never happy with the color version but did like the monochrome version enough to post it here.