A Favorite Image: Artistically Speaking

Photography in the desert is done. A major part of the coming week we will be travelling home. I’ve enjoyed our time in Arizona but its time to be at home.

I have made many images here in the desert. Some, in my opinion are OK, others not bad and few I really like. They just seem to capture the essence of this environment.

Superstition Mountain is the central theme for a number of my images. It is such a prominent feature and is a popular place to hike, ride horses and of course, photograph. There is one though that I keep coming back to.

Taken in the late afternoon with my 12mm – 24mm wide angle zoom it shows Superstition Mountain in the background with Teddy Bear (Jumping) Cholla in the foreground.

Superstition Mountain at sunset

Superstition Mountain at sunset

This image stands alone when compared to the many others I’ve taken. By playing with the various sliders in Lightroom I gave a whimsical appearance to the wispy clouds and deepened the saturation of the blue sky. The late afternoon light emphasized the craggy cliffs and spires of the mountain. The sunlight gives the needles of the Teddy Bear Cholla a surreal look and ominously, they appear to be ready to ‘jump’ at anything that brushes against it. I think it would look great as a metal print.

While my interpretation represents and reminds me of the beauty of Superstition Mountain, others may or may not appreciate it. But, as David duChemin stated in his article Capturing the Death Valley Experience in the October/November 2014 issue of Photolife, “…art gives us all the freedom to be as literal or as symbolic as we desire.”

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  1. Brenda Larson March 29, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

    A very vibrant view of the desert!

    • Stu Dale March 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm #

      That’s what I think too. In my mind that’s how I see it. Thanks. Leaving here tomorrow. Looking forward to being back in Kelowna.

  2. Jim March 30, 2015 at 10:20 am #


    Enjoyed your AZ pics very much….hope you continue with your blog during your summer months….safe travels

    • Stu Dale March 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm #

      Thanks Jim. I’m glad you enjoy my pics and blog. I will be continuing to write weekly or almost so. Leaving here tomorrow. Should be home by the weekend.

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