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20 Thousand Feet Over Tahoe


20 Thousand Feet Over Tahoe
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Copyright: Robert Shannon Sr (eqshannon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2458 W: 216 N: 10292] (31141)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1995-02
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Minolta SRT-201, 50mm/f1.4
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-01 8:20
Viewed: 4181
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
+I don't fly often. Perhaps as many as 6 times in 62 years. In some distant way I am related to the Wright Bros, through their father who lived Indiana.And furthermore Jimmy Doolittle was a family friend before I was born, but flying never agreed with me. I would rather walk among black bear and cougar....feel the fresh mountain air and hear the stream rushing downhill towards towards the oceans. The first time I flew in over 20 years for my fathers funeral. As we passed through some turbulence I asked my seating partner if we were going to die. I am sure, as he was young, he thought I was nuts...but I am, so it didn't matter:-)

+On my reluctant return trip, we were about to start descent for landing in SF and I was very relieved, enough so to finally look out the window. And what to my wondering eyes should appear (stole that), but my favorite summer vacation spot, Lake Tahoe surrounded by the snow capped Sierra Mountain Range. My fear was released as I gazed at a place I love so much from the ground, and surprised at what the world is like from so far above. Someone once said, that you don't truly understand it, until you can explain it.

+I suspect that every photographer has a picture taken out of an airplane window, but I don't have any more than 3. This particular one is on my wall, reminding me to stay on my diet and exercise program, in order that someday I will be back on the shores of that deep blue lake of clean, clear water. No. I don't gamble and stay away from the Nevada side. Tahoe is to be enjoyed from the out of doors and hiking the trails of the mountains and meadows. It is a magical place at 6000 feet in the mountains and full of beauty at every turn. I am blessed. I have so many places I have been and still yearn for...The Sierras are high on that list......

+Question not yet asked?

#1Bob. Good shot. Too bad you couldn't get the whole lake in the picture.
Answer: Correct. I felt courageous for looking alone...

#2 Bob. It seems a tad out of focus. I cannot tell the clouds from the snow in some places.
Answer: You are correct. I think I had reached my limit of cocktails as the steward avoided me.

Lastly: "The Earth looks as though it has a curve":::..... Yes it is round:-)

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This photo is worth a lot. You overcame your fear long enough to take a photo. That's wonderful..even if liquid courage played a part.
I love your work and the stories behind them. That's the object of this art form - a picture is worth 1,000 words...usually more than that!!

Hi Bob,
I read your notes before look the picture all ways they tie by nature, I'm all ways try to take a shot from the air and ending up with a pice wing on my picture, were you was seat?
Thanks for sharing, best regards/Lawhill

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-01 15:11]

Hi Bob,
your notes are superb.
They tell a story so well.
A lovely scene you've captured here.
The USA has so much geography to visit, I must travel there someday.
Well done,
Joey

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  • reina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 1 N: 330] (2032)
  • [2007-06-01 16:29]

Bob, great post!!! Your note makes all the incorrectness disappear, but you can always go for a second round...
Reina

Hello Bob,
you have a rare sense of humor, and your note is so funny!
You are right, every photographer has a shot from a plane, if he/she had flied...
Spectacular image, ciao
Violetta

Very nice photo! Although a little over exposed, but very nice! Cheers Josh Lewis.

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