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Elation, Glen Alpine Falls, near Lake Tahoe, California, 2008

Elation, Glen Alpine Falls, near Lake Tahoe, California, 2008

The man appears to be passionately celebrating nature as a wall of water roars down on him through the trees. (Actually, he is throwing large rocks at the falls -- the big tree at right has obscured a rock in flight, leaving him to echo the thrust of the branches with both of his outstretched arms.) He seems so small, while the wall of water and the trees around him are so large. I wanted to express the simple human desire to exult in nature.

Leica V-Lux 1
1/400s f/5.6 at 17.4mm iso100 full exif

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Phil Douglis26-May-2008 23:53
And thank you, as well, Cyndy, for asking me how I see things like the repetition in the man's arms and the branches of the trees. It was something I saw after the fact. He was throwing rocks in the river. As soon as I saw the image come up on my LCD screen, I could see the arms repeating the thrust of the branches. Generally speaking, I try to always be aware of potential rhythms, patterns, and repetition in pictures. It requires us to forget the subject itself for a moment and study instead the structure of the image, its form, the way things fit together. If we can't see things that work together in our imagery, we must move our camera position and perhaps our rhythmic repetitions will become more visible.
Phil Douglis26-May-2008 23:48
Thanks, Alina, for appreciating the fury of that water as it fills the spaces between the trees. There is a lot of scale incongruity in this image.
Cyndy Largarticha26-May-2008 23:40
Love the repetition of the outstretched arms and those of the tree! How do you see these things?!
Alina26-May-2008 23:33
Beautiful shot that is showing the power of that waterfall. Yes, the man looks so small against trees and the waterfall and he looks like he would like to jump down.
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