six hundred eighty one

desalinate

 

… I started scanning some film today that was shot with the Widelux from 6 months to a year ago. Here is one from the desert. This is in Mojave National Preserve, one of my favorite places in California, if not my favorite. There is never anyone around and never more than a few people at the designated campgrounds, and you can camp and hike pretty much anywhere you damn well please. It is also huge (the third largest National Park Service run land behind Death Valley and Yellowstone), with a wide variety of scenery, dirt back roads and micro climates. And it contains the densest joshua tree forest on the planet (yep, more than Joshua Tree National Park itself). If you live near southern California and have never been, put it on your list for winter, early spring or late fall. You will not be disappointed, but make sure to stop at the visitor center to grab a map and newspaper because there is no entrance gate like most national parks. The roads are long and far between gas stations, so make sure you get fully tanked at Ludlow on I-40 or Baker or Cima Road on I-15.

 

six hundred seventy eight

 

potentiation

 

… Today I decided once again to try and push an image as far as its integrity could handle (and a little beyond). I was more or less testing the limits of the raw files that come from my new 36 megapixel Sony A7R (and hoping I could pull this sunset out from the hazy distance). It came out pretty good, but I don’t think I will be printing this one out at 22 inches wide. That said, the raw file definitely handled the abuse much better than a raw file from my previous Canon 5Dii or my smaller old Panasonic GF2 infrared camera would have. All in all, a good experiment.

The view is of a nice snowy mountain peak somewhere in central Nevada, I believe near Austin, NV on Highway 50.

 

If you would like to see the high resolution version of the finished image, it is posted here:

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