It is difficult to compose a foto that conveys the immensity of this terrain, but let me try this. Just below and to the right of center here is a 1954 GM "4801" Interstate bus (like this one). It is 40 feet long and 10 feet tall. The cardón cactus in the foreground is about 20 feet tall.
This is from the 2001 Green Tortoise trip through the Baja California peninsula. Mexico Highway 1 runs side-to-side behind the bus. We had stopped in the region of the Cataviña boulder field to make breakfast and to visit a cave with prehistoric art, "pinturas rupestres." I'll try to post a shot from inside the cave... next!
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saxo042 (33926) 2013-08-28 9:47
This is indeed a very different landscape than what we have here;) It looks quite sterile and a bit unfriendly with all these rocks and cacti. But there is certainly a good depth here, with the very close cactus and the green bus so far away. I like all the links you have provided.
PS Are there any rattlesnakes here?
holmertz (31302) 2013-08-28 12:25
An interestng but rough scenery and a very well composed photo. You placed the large cactus well and nicely connected it with the similarly colored bus. Reading about the scorpions I see this is no place to walk barefoot. I actually hurt my feet just looking at this.
jcpix (6544) 2013-08-28 19:01
Hmmm, this looks familiar, where have I seen this type of landscape before......oh yeah, right outside of the front door! :) How beautiful, and yet unforgiving it can be! I have to admit, I've grown a bit weary with the lack of color, but it's still very appealing in its own right.
Love what you've done here to convey scale, and the bus being that bright green color couldn't have been better for it to stand out in contrast to the earthy (quite literally) tones. Smart composition, not only for that aspect, but you have a nice lead in with the road making it's way towards said bus. The blue/green combo is always a pleasing one...which is certainly needed in this dry, arid and seemingly lifeless desert. :) Good portrayal of the region, and to your goal of perspective: mission accomplished! Oooh, that may not be the best of terms considering......
Take it easy amigo,
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-08-29 1:18
Great composition on this, the cactus is perfectly placed, and actually looks a little like its waving at us from the scene! The sense of depth from the path leading off into the desert is excellent , and perfectly portrays what you are doing with the sense of size and scale here. The bus in the shot is a good idea, and to be honest, I would not have even seen it without your note. Very cool.
jhm (127995) 2013-08-29 2:33
Indeed we can good see in depth the green bus.
But the large cactus in foreground makes these picture very attractive.
What a large panorama view about this rock area.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
limielski (2571) 2013-08-29 3:01
This green bus looks like an ant in comparison with the cactus on the FG.
Interesting shot this wild and dangerous landscape. I like it.
Have a nie day,
serp2000 (33133) 2013-08-29 10:21
I like the old scanned photo. This is a part of my life.
This composition reminds me the movies that years, thanks for WS. Very nostalgic old design.
Best wishes from Ural!
abmdsudi (32505) 2013-08-29 16:54
This has very good impression of the wild wild west unfriendly and hostile rugged no man's land. The big cactus draws the eye into perspective and seems more appropriate to the old-time western feel of the subject as strong eye puller rendering all the needed impact to the shot and having the vivid contrasty green bus in the distance is perfect decision to keep the eye within the picture.
This arid land shows the glimpse of a place carved by millions of years of weather, the beauty of nature in beautiful colours and geology. Indeed a well worth pulling over to capture in such a beautiful blue setting and there's a fine balanced exposure of your work process leading to an excellent finished result A classic shot of beautiful nature wild west landscape makes for a very eye pleasing picture, but i am missing the Wild Bunch and the Indians coming down the mountain!! Great works, Congrats
mcmtanyel (5249) 2013-08-29 20:45
Wild desert scenery always captivates me. The cactus in the foreground is very well placed and has made the photo. Would you happen to have a close-up of the bus?
annjackman (15533) 2013-08-29 22:51
The green bus is an important component of the composition and gives the scale of the picture as you suggest. The huge cactus is well positioned to the side. The terrain looks forbidding and not a place to be alone! Very well done and TFS this intersting landscape.
Kind Regards, Ann
eldancer1 (20792) 2013-08-31 7:51
I have some friends that travels through Mexico in passenger bus, it's hard to understand the magnitude of such travel it must be hard on the body. Nice capture of this scene with good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
Miguel82 (14464) 2013-09-02 11:04
A wonderful landscape Russ, that giant cactus is well positioned in the picture, arid landscape with superb colors, some cactus species are threatened by collectioner's who come in the desert to collect them
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-03 16:42
I think you did show well the immensity (and the dryness) of the place, very typical of the North of México, a place I'd really like to go! The colors are great! Beautiful composition!
- Copyright: Russ Ham (EstudioChispa) (1694)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2001-02-18
- Categories: Transportation
- Camera: Kodak DC280
- Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-08-28 8:29