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As Good as it Gets

As Good as it Gets
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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: 2005-01-11
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Fuji Finepix S2 pro, AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.8D
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-01-27 3:24
Viewed: 2623
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
At so many times, My Wilderness abound with life. And then there are times when it abounds and I do not. Of course there are many times when the day is average. Hard to imagine given all of the circumstances of daily life in a harsh and remote place. I am thinking about writing a piece for Forum which tells what I feel as to what I call "Time Compression in Photography". It has something to do with how we receive images and how they change our life's when the images themselves might be somewhat deceptive in promise of land of milk and honey.

This is the bottom of our road...It was the only flat part of the road. We, and our provincial area, call these.... "primitive roads". And we are warned, by huge signs at he start "Warning! Primitive road. No Warning Signs Ahead. Travel at your own Risk!"...Well of course we travel...how else would we get to our cabin??? So almost as if a starter package, we get about 1/8th of a mile of flat. It is icy mind you. Very slippery even on flat ground. No sand nor any gravel, just compact snow and ice. And if you have seen other pictures I have taken, lets say of the heron on a fallen tree across the pond, or will see, the picture of a otter in the same area, then you will know that this part of the road leads to that place....just a few hundred feet into that stand of aspen and fallen cottonwood is the confluence of waters.

Here...you have a small sense of the only safe part of the rugged road I traveled for many years...and one more road even worse than this one..and then there are the trees here...which are stark naked of leaves, and a small machine in the center hidden in the shadows. It is a front end loader owned by the Chief of the Lake Tribe. Sometimes things are so bad weather-wise here that he has to clear out the fallen trees in order to go into town and get supplies. And in doing so he helped me. Otherwise I always carried a chains saw with me in the trunk and did it by hand. Almost every person driving these roads carries a heavy chain saw. Not only to cut their way out, but at times to gather wood. No sense in wasting eh?

Oh my God, as I type I can see into this image as if it were yesterday. To live in the wilderness means to put your heart and should behind you; and every muscle of strength you can muster gives you what you need to stay alive. Simple things to city folks are all gone now here...every movement..every change in course...every decision..and every single second are as important as the rest of your life on this planet. To carry on in a grey day in winter, such as this one pictured....to know that perhaps tomorrow the sun will be out...to know soon spring will come...to know that you will soon be home tending your fire...and thinking about what it will be to lie and rest........for there is little rest...and one takes it when it comes...

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hello bob,
lovely capture and a great note to enjoy, i liked the way you have composed this shot in a pleasing composition, niecly exposed with beautiful tones, effective framing,
well done,
tfs & regards

Beautiful notes yet again.
Love the colors of the photo - the effects of the sky on the snow, the shadows and shapes. Lovely!

hello Bob

great notes, a superb lanscape image of a winter day,
like Angelina, lovely effects of the sky, and excellent POV
i love the cirve of that contry road between the 2 woods, TFS


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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-01-27 9:29]

Hi Bob . a good winters view from you . you pictures often have a road with a bend at the end i always want to have a look around the corner. good detail and shapes. well done TFS. good notes too,

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  • jesst Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 0 N: 172] (2441)
  • [2008-01-27 10:15]

Nice composiiton, very good perspective, iteresting pearl-like sky

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-01-27 14:01]

Hi Bob,this winter collection is very very loveable,great work,thanks for share,LUCIANO

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-01-27 15:01]

Hi Bob

I think this shot is really deceiving - at first it seems quite cold and hard, but it gradualy dissolves into subtle warm shades - really good (or is it just me)? Great composition.


Hi Bob,

A very informative note, a nice forest scenery under cloudy weather. The point of view is giving depth to the image. It is giving a sense of loliness and tranquillity. The subject is well framed. Have a nice day.


Hello Bob,
Looking at the weather and the location directly in front of your lens I would have to agree, "This is as good as it gets!" I think I see two Canada Geese about ready to cross the roadway to the right, did you see them or is it a figment of my imagination?
A cold looking weather front in your area now, I imagine that this road would be impassible today and for the next week.
Have a great week, and good shot of the "Road,"

Bob, this is a somber winter scene again. The picture evokes a sense of peace and quiet but not hostility. These roads may be primitive and slippery but those mountains and trees are just pristine and just as Nature made them.
I can empathize with your reflections in your note. They touch a chord inside me.
Thanks for sharing your picture and thoughts.
Best regards,

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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2008-01-28 8:12]

Hi Bob,

As always, wonderful notes to go along with this picture. So this is the best part of the road??? I'm so glad I am where I am. I'm with Nick - I always want to see what's around the bend. The sky is just marvelous.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-01-28 12:31]

Hello Bob, wonderful image of your wilderness ! You love the place and it shows, well done, thanks !


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-01-28 17:55]

Hi Bob,
Great scene well captured with lovely details and natural colors. Sometimes memories are great and then some not so good with a great deal in between, Thanks for sharing my friend.

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-01-28 18:55]

Hi Bob, I finally make it. And to comment over this very nice picture, I love the sky. I can see how important sky is when taking a picture of a landscape, they are so often wiped out and here, it's the opposite, the subtle nuances of pink add to the landscape underneath it. The bare trees look great, with lots of details. Another Bob Shannon treasure. thank you!


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  • arfer Gold Star Critiquer [C: 2731 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-02-03 14:03]

Hello Bob

Lovely lighting and pastel colours in the sky.
The shot is well balanced and composed.
Very good focus and details.
A real beauty.


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