So here I was again, ready to post a different picture…and then Serghei’s came along yesterday and made me change my mind. :) To link with his photo, literally and figuratively, I offer a wide shot of the area for context and space. (I hope this doesn’t mess up any of his plans to do the same any time soon!?)
He gave us a bit of a graphic look with the strong play of light and shadow right around the horse corral fencing at the Saguaro Lake Ranch here in Mesa, Az. As you can see just past this “’ol hitchin’ post,” and off to the left, is where his shot was taken. I’m sure this picture of mine would have been much more appealing with some actual horses here in the foreground, but limited time meant limited opportunities. We had been granted about 20 minutes worth of access on this private land, but between the two us, I think we snapped our fair share of pictures.
I wanted to share this one in combination with Serghei’s to show not only a different viewpoint and perspective, but to use as an example of how we all view subjects and material in different and creative ways to make for interesting images….assuming of course you find this to be interesting enough in the first place.
We had a great time, and it’s been fun sharing the places we visited.
Thanks for stopping by.
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serp2000 (44720) 2013-10-25 4:08
Good morning, Jason,
Sorry for my intervention to your plans )))
But I must to say thank you for this trip to the rancho. The horse parking is free. The car parkings are more demanded on the Wild West today.
have a great Friday ahead!
lousat (93684) 2013-10-25 4:48
Hi Jason,the park is empty and this is a great opportunity to play whit this country wood architechture..ehehe...the scenery in background is fantastic whit a green line and rocks mountains,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Sergiom (82891) 2013-10-25 5:43
J'aime beaucoup le titre ainsi que la perspective sur le poteau qui pointe gentiment vers les montagnes à l'horizon. Une image profonde , nette et bien pensée sur un sujet qui à première vue serait anodin.
ikeharel (73555) 2013-10-25 6:48
Magnificent rocks formation shown here, Jason.
The wooden poles used to tie horses, which we do not see on this, but those poles add extra depth while looking towards the mountains on picture.
Fine light with long shadows(afternoon's?), maybe a closer shot of the mighty rocks would give extra sense of its sizes.
Have a nice friday,
timecapturer (49288) 2013-10-25 7:39
like this! The light here is just so tantalising and the scenery so Arizona, you live in such a beautiful state. Where is your horse then? Or is it a none horse town! Sorry couldn't help myself. The textures of this parking slot are so wonderful and your POV just entices the viewer irresistibly. A lovely dovetail shot for Serghei's and full of wild west ambience. He Ha!
Enjoy your weekend cowboy! - B.
Cricri (121273) 2013-10-25 7:57
Sympat de faire plaisir aux amis :-) et c'est une belle idée, deux vues différentes, intéressantes avec les ombres, la vue superbe sur les montagnes, un endroit peu vu et super bien présenter ( je m'en vais voir du coté de Serghei )
Kamilutka (8107) 2013-10-25 8:45
not only pretty but with some sense of humour :-) Good idea and definietely original approach. I love the mpounatins in the background and warm afternoon light. Good colors, contrast and sharpness.
Thanks for sharing!
Noel_Byrne (32108) 2013-10-25 8:47
a house park is a great idea its certainly something that Dublin could do with, despite being a fair sized city there is still a good population of houses as purrs in the suburbs. I guess though that is quite hard to clamp a house that doesn't pay :)
I love the sense of depth that you have created in this scene by positing the long wooden fence as you have. It pulls the eye very nicely into the scene and draw s the viewer to those wile e coyote mountains of in the distance. Lovely light and color too. I'm glad to hear you were granted access to shot too, took today Off work to visit a place actually listed on a tourist website and when I got there, there was a big sign saying visitors prohibited.
Have a wonderful weekend and thanks as always
worldcitizen (8860) 2013-10-25 13:31
Howdy pardner, :-)
Very nice representation of the west. It's nice to see similar spots from different POVs; I can see exactly where Serghei was when he took his version, and I like seeing this wide view with the hitching post. It almost seems to come out of the frame and poke us. Nice job from a confirmed city slicker. :-)
EstudioChispa (2176) 2013-10-25 13:38
This is a great one to study! The scene is simple and the composition is direct, but it's complex, utilizing the wide-angle's ability to stretch the FG-to-BG dimension along that hitchin' post and delivering a great diagonal line that continues through the bottom edge of the bluff in the upper right corner. Aligning the near post with the right-side post of the corral gate gives great geometry to the composition and with all the straight lines, you get the bonus of the rounded shadows on the left of the frame. Pretty cool and sophisticated stuff for a shot that looks somewhat minimalist at first glance.
I get a cinematographic feeling from it, as though it were the opening shot of a scene from a Western movie. As an "establishing shot," it's awesome -- you know you're in horse country (not "house" country, Noel! *smile* or maybe I'm missing the joke), you know the sun is low, and you know the mountains are close... and rugged! Sergio Leone might let the camera linger long enough that we see the shadows move, telling us that it's morning or evening. Cue the Ennio Morricone score!
Best wishes for a fine weekend!
fabbs99 (17167) 2013-10-25 22:22
Great shot of the horse riding arena.Very simple and attractive capture.Nice colors and sharpness.TFS.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-10-25 22:35
Hi Jason - The first thing I notice here is that the horses are very clean and leave no evidence of their being 'parked' here! An interesting and unusual composition, I see exactly what inspired you, the fencing and hitching post are nicely graphic and make a good FG to those jagged rocks. Warm regards Rosemary
macjake (69815) 2013-10-25 22:42
yeah, I know the feeling exactly...you have an excellent idea as to what photo you want to post, then you get influenced by another photo and the plan goes to hell!
For example, after just seeing Gosia's photo of the upwards pov architecture, now i want to post one of mine from Vegas....we'll see.
what strikes me right away about this photo Jason, is the perfect exposure, especially in and around the wood grains....looks awesome.
and as for the horses or lack-there-of...what can you do? not your fault...it would have been funny to tie up Serghei to the post! haha
great post despite the lack of our 4 legged friends, and i'm sure Serghei appreciates it!
have a good weekend
jemaflor (99123) 2013-10-26 1:07
Nice landscape with these rocks in the Fg, light is well managed and excellent depth effect with this FG.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-10-26 2:50
back to the Wild Wild West(ok.even if you don´t like the movie:)
again you show us how beautiful Arizona is.Original
and creative approach to the subject.The foreground harmonizes well with the BG.Really enjoy how you placed all elements in the frame to achieve well considered and eye-catching visual effect.Haha,I don´t know how to call it-maybe park pole for the horses:)?anyway you had excellent idea to create with it slight diagonal line leading our eyes towards the BG(it definitely makes the shot more expressive taking into account the fact,the scene is devoid of people and of course horses).
Finally I have to also agree with Brian´s opinion about light.My friend you knew how to utilize it!Firstly it helps you to bring out so lovely,vivid coors of the BG and secondly it creates so lovely play of light&shade.
Ohh,I envy You so much the meeting.
Wish You a great weekend my friend
PS.I chose also one picture to post tomorrow.We´ll see how many times I´ll change my mind until tomorrow:)
emka (100907) 2013-10-26 23:27
Hi Jason, I recognize the same place as on Serghei's photo, but you give a wider view. it would be nicer with horses but i like as it is very much.
i am also influenced a lot by others' choices and often change my plans what to post. The Camondo stairs from Istanbul was shown recently in three versions, mine and Andre's independent but then Wanda joined us :). It is for me fascinating how everyone sees different things in the same place.
You have a lot of fun as I can see. It is a pity that Arizona is so far away..
mirosu (16273) 2013-10-28 22:08
Your viewpoint is excellent. I like how you brought the horse parking space in the front with nice mountains background. The fencing is well placed in the middle of the frame. All is well exposed and the light and shadows are excellent. Well done IMO.
irek1 (861) 2013-12-04 1:35
For me, it's really great picture. I feel spirit of old times here, from western movies and I see John Wayne & Dean Martin on their wild horses. Nice colors, perspective and fantastic mountanins on the horizon.
mcmtanyel (24567) 2013-12-10 20:26
I like your composition. Everything is in its place, nothing of import is cut. The contrast between the regular lines of the man made structures in the f/g and the haphazard lines of the rocks in the b/g is well presented.
And last, but not the least: It looks like a neat place to visit, TFS!