Yosemite Valley Dreams

Yosemite Valley Floor
Yosemite Valley Floor

The grain in this grayscale image is an accidental discovery, and it reminds me of pictures shot with Tri-X many years ago.

I used to push Tri-X to ISO 800 or 1600 in my little Olympus OM-1. I liked the grain, and more, I enjoyed the freedom of taking pictures in dim light.

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago — my first visit to the Valley since before the pandemic. It’s winter, and it is a little threadbare and worn. But there are still climbers on El Cap:

Climbers on El Cap

Snow by the Merced:

Snow on the banks of the Merced River
Snow on the banks of the Merced River
Partially frozen lakelet
Running water
Reflections in Mirror Lake
Reflections in Mirror Lake

My wife says sometimes that she would like to be reincarnated as a rock. I’m not sure about the mechanics of that, but here is a nice rock:

Rock in a stream

One could let the fever dreams of twisted humanity flow by; in a few hundred thousand years they will resolve.

Snob Photography

Sometimes I look through the viewfinder, and I am overwhelmed with pure aesthetics. I follow the light where it takes me.  This mood is relatively rare, and the results in retrospect are not always great. In fact, frequently the results are just trite.

But sometimes they aren’t.

I have never understood the contempt some photographers have for digital. I save almost all the photos I’ve ever taken.  Pre-digital photos sit in boxes, slowly fading, but the digital photos look just the same as when I first took them. It is quite possible they could look the same ten thousand years from now.

But honestly, much of the time I take pictures as memos.  Pictures out bus windows, just to remember what I saw.  Pictures of something on an ad, pictures of the wifi password at a hotel. These pictures are useful, rather than beautiful or interesting.

Here’s a picture of the almost dry Li River in China.  A memory:

Li River


From the open market in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue

Amazon says: “Discover the world’s all-time bestseller in an entirely new light”.  The “Books you may like” section has “The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark”, by Carl Sagen, as its first suggestion.