Archive for October, 2021

12 Oct

A Beautiful Riddle…

In William Carr Collection by admwil / October 12, 2021 / 0 Comments

yosemite national park

It’s so much fun to ask people, “What in the world is this?!”

They tilt their heads, quizzically, studying the photograph. Some immediately say, “It’s lava!” while others say, “Wait…there’s snow…how can that be?”

Welcome to the visual conundrum of “Firefall”, the natural phenomenon in Yosemite National Park.

What is it?

For a couple of weeks in February, the sun is perfectly lined up with Horsetail Falls in Yosemite National Park. If we are lucky, when the sun sets over the ocean, it cuts across the flat part of California and infuses Horsetail Falls with the same color of the sunset for all of ten minutes.

But it doesn’t always happen. There are so many variables involved that there can be years in between that the phenomenon doesn’t appear.

For instance, there may not be enough snow, or melting snow, for there to be a waterfall. And even if there is, humidity and cloud cover affect the appearance of Firefall.

This gorgeous and rare photograph took William 18 years to capture. Notice the details—the cragginess in the granite, the reflection in the mist, and the pine tree at the top that glows in the sun’s last warmth of the day. This picture was taken on a little known path, very far away, and yet every single detail can be seen. All the details add up to an exquisite moment of time and beauty.

This is the world of William Carr…his photographs are the gateways to that world. Come experience it for yourself in The William Carr Gallery.

05 Oct

Behind the Scenery: Bella Mattina, Venice

In William Carr Collection by admwil / October 5, 2021 / 0 Comments

 

Aaaaah Venice, the magical “City of Romance” that has captivated artists and poets for centuries. Timelessly alluring, there’s no other place quite like it anywhere else across Europe. The city’s canals speak directly to the soul revealing countless tales of intrigue, but only if we pause and take the time to listen to the call. For this shot, the forces happened to align…and Venice’s whispering call was heard.

For weeks, I searched the maze-like streets in this “Queen” of cities, looking for a color, a shadow, a lonesome beam of light. I searched for weeks, to no avail.

Then one day, only when returned to this spot much later, I discovered the poetic scene above, a tableau I immediately recognized as pure, sublime magic. Ever so quietly so as not to disturb the morning’s peace, I set up my equipment. Holding my breath, I pressed the shutter, and subsequently captured a moment as eternal as the city herself.

 

04 Oct

Behind the Scenery: Austria’s Swan Lake

In William Carr Collection by admwil / October 4, 2021 / 0 Comments

It’s interesting to note to what degree I’ll go to find the ideal image. For this particular image,  I traveled to Hallstatt Austria on three separate occasions just to get the perfect shot. Swan Lake is high in the Austrian Alps approximately one hour from Salzburg. It’s a calm, gentle lake, with steepled row of quaint cottages casting shimmering, color-specked reflections, and a majestic backdrop of fertile mountains reaching towards the heavens.
Only one thing seemed missing from this amazing landscape, keeping it from attaining absolute and utter perfection all on its own; an elegant, white swan that I noticed gliding across the water nearby.
If only…
A bird’s sense of sight is known to be extremely keen. I was hoping that this particular swan might be more moved by its overwhelming sense of hope.
My instincts took over; I grabbed a handful of white blossoms strewn across the ground and threw them in the water. The swan, dutifully deceived into believing the blossoms might be food, began to slowly swim into frame, ultimately adding the perfect final touch of magic and whimsy to this image.By the end of this shoot, I was clearly the happier between the two of us.

 

03 Oct

Brilliant

In William Carr Collection by admwil / October 3, 2021 / 0 Comments

 

Photographers have a love of spontaneity.

An image captured with just a single click.

Just that one single click that freezes time.

But, I am a photographer who shares that love of spontaneity with a love of returning to the past, to places I have been before. A lonely beach in Polynesia. The ruins of an ancient castle in Austria. The sense memory of perfume wafting over a field of lavender in Provence. Pondering the music of the stones at an ancient Native American site.

So, it is with the thought of revisiting and reacquainting myself that I return to Oregon every Fall. I return to revisit my sensory memories and to renew them.

I load up my 4wd and head out, up to Oregon for a four day shoot. Fall seems to have come early this year. There’s a definite bite in the air and the birds are sparse. They’ve headed south weeks ago, leaving just a few hungry strays lingering.

I stop frequently to see the ocean, venturing out on the towering cliffs. The mist has a chill in it, a salty taste of the approaching winter.

I drive a narrow coastal route, remote and still. I stop for lunch and to wade the tide pools that are tucked like pockets into the bottom of the cliffs. Nestled into remote beaches and caves, they glimmer like dark jewels protected by towering walls.

I head inland, passing miles of trees. Their leaves have turned a fiery red as per the seasonal decree of Mother Nature. They stand in stark contrast to to the dark and gloomy day that surrounds us.

On the third day, I came upon an amazing tree. I had to capture it.

An ancient Japanese Maple, it was in the final days of a glorious and fiery display, a spectacular collage of deepening autumn hues. It stood like a timeless patriarch in a secret garden of scarlet and crimson, it’s beautiful branches bending like the arms of a dancer.

The challenge now was in finding the light. The day was overcast and dark like all the mornings so far. It was chilly and damp, dark and gloomy. It was nothing like the blazing tree in front of me.

I studied the best way to bring to light the magestic stature of grace and strength of this iconic tree. I juggled my camera  from a hundred different angles, hoping that some sun would seep in from somewhere. There just was not enough light.

And , as I was trying to capture the image from all these angles, an amazing thing happened.

The sun broke throught with a beam of pure white light.

Starlight.

I felt a shudder, a sense of elation.

Something magical had just happened.

It was Brilliant, my latest release.


Original music by William Carr

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