Saturday, October 23, 2010

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In the pleasantly surprising town of Williamsport, Pennsylvania the other day, I went out for a short stroll before dinner and was greeted by a light show going on in the western sky :
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Which seemed even more intense in concentrated color where reflected in a conveniently placed window. I couldn't help but think of James Reflections Weekend series . . .
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Zooming in on just one pane, perhaps due to double panes, there seemed to be an echo effect :
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While focusing on the blaze of fire in the west, I almost missed what was happening to the east :
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30 comments:

Steve said...

I love how sunsets seem to suggest both warmth and coolness at the same time... and, of course, bestows a different type of coolness on the photographer who manages to capture one.

TechnoBabe said...

The video makes me sad. Where is the honor in taking and in the mind set that we are Americans but the people who were here first are not deserving.

pRiyA said...

Oh my God! These are canvasses in Fuchsia. Just look at that colour.

One question: How long did it take for you to speak and understand French well enough?

English Rider said...

Randomly:
I saw the land mass of the continent in the outline of the buffalo.
I wondered recently if people I met with last names Sunset and Cloud, had Indigenous origins.
Thanksgiving Festivities must be a bitter pill to swallow for those who's roots predate Columbus.

Jessie said...

Nature has the most stunning shows of all doesn't it? Lovely pictures Owen! :)

Stickup Artist said...

I think about the Native Americans constantly. You can't not out here. I think they were MUCH superior stewards of this land than we could ever dream. I won't get too far but my sadness runs deep.

Your images are lovely and the visual reflections echo the mental reflections this post inspires...

Le Journal de Chrys said...

J'avoue que ces images à la nuit tombantes sont vraiment excellentes, notamment la 1ère et la 3ème!!!!! Félicitations!

Mundo Mundaca said...

Wonderful!the for of the sun it is my favorite hour of the day.. I adore to see the coloration that acquires the sky.
hugs,
yasmin

Mahon said...

la couleur de ce ciel est incroyablement beau !
la premiére photo est ma préférée !
Bye** :)

The Photo Huntress said...

Dinner & A Show

I like the red in the first image. Its on both the stop and cinema signs. It's also nicely reflected in the night sky.

Mmmm... The red in the sky is a softer pinkish red and much more inviting, don't you think?

Artscapes said...

The images you made are so cinematic, they have a dream like quality. Adding the video gives another layer of meaning. Under the veneer's beauty is a history of not so long ago that is not so pretty. I appreciate both your lenses, of the camera and of history.

Looking forward to more segments from the Magic Lantern Show.
from the southern coast of BC, Elizabeth

Anne-Ma said...

Waouh ! Quelle couleur du ciel ! Les reflets sont superbes et renforcent la couleur. Magnifique.

ρομπερτ said...

A compass of the Good and Beautiful !

Please have a good Sunday you all. Thank you as well for the much appreciated words.


daily athens

Sar@h said...

De ces instants magiques que seuls les photographes repèrent …
Je trouve que ces reflets déformés par les vitres rappellent bien nos visions de la réalité.

Nevine said...

Owen, I thought I was completely taken by the second photo, until I saw the third. I have seen many a sunset photograph, but these come with your Owen imprint. You know how they talk about "voice" with writers? I don't know if there is a parallel term for photographers. But, if there is one, I don't know what it is. So, let me just say... I would recognize your photographing voice... anywhere.

Nevine

John`s Photography said...

Fabulous shots Owen.
Love the new heading picture :)

Amy said...

I didn't know the sunset could look even more amazing in reflection. I really must make an effort to notice reflections more.

Clytie said...

I have to say 'ditto' to what Nevine wrote. Your voice, your signature is all over these pictures! And that third one. Well. Wow.

P.S. yes, the broken window frame was from the abandoned church. No such parties at my house right now. Sigh.

Owen said...

A very humble "Thank You" all... your words overwhelm me... always...

Was out all day in Paris today with fellow blogger James of Newtown Area Photos, and his Weekend Reflections series which this post is linked to. We had a fine day in Père Lachaise Cemetery, Belleville, and the Buttes Chaumont park. A very fine day indeed. But it is late now, and another grueling week starts early tomorrow at the straightjacket factory.

But thank you... profoundly...

Merci à tous, du fond du coeur...

Catherine said...

what beautiful shots transforming what could be seen as a rather ugly urban industrial landscape?? I love it when such ugliness is really made beautiful - so cheering!! greetings from Mexico...

K'line Bloom said...

Waouh ! J'adore ce ciel rose et ces déformations.
Bonne semaine à toi Owen.
Bises

Loulou said...

Hi Owen, just LOVE the new photo at the top ;-)
I really loved travelling by your side (there is a beautiful song by INXS called BY MY SIDE... by the way!) the last few posts.....
Very powerful images, revealing the soul of our dear Owen, an introspective journey... maybe...

Take care
Bises from Loulou

Owen said...

Catherine,
Greetings to Mexico, recognizing the beauty in what might otherwise be seen as ugly is frequently what I'm looking for...


K'line,
Waaoouuuaahhh ! En fait, j'ai un paire de lunettes qui déforme tout, et un objectif déformant sur mont appareil photo... comme ça le monde entier se déforme quand je passe...
:-)

Loulou !
Certainly, there is a large element of introspection in the voyage, we all live inside our heads first, before we get out and interact with the world around us, and creating art must have a strong introspective component... but then communicating and selling art require great extroverted skills, which may not necessarily be my strong point...

But in any case, I am happy for your visit... Namasté et bises bien amicales

Owen said...

K'line, ooops, une faute de frappe : "une" paire, pas "un" paire... bien que je fasse encore plein de fautes de genre en français, je connais quand même la difference entre un pair et une paire...
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Mais quelle idée, d'inventer une langue avec des genres, masculin et feminin ! Compliqués ces français ! Bon, l'allemand c'est pire, avec le neutre en plus...

Owen said...

Et "mont" appareil photo ! Décidément il va falloir que je change de lunettes !

Deborah said...

I have always loved that song, despite its haunting words. Maybe I shouldn't say I loved it, but that it spoke to me. At any rate, I used to listen to it a lot.

That's pretty stunning right at the end. I had no idea that none of them had been honoured.

The Sagittarian said...

Breathtaking colours, wonderfully shot! Looks like a perfect cocktail evening actually...

the watercats said...

Loving these pictures! my favourite though?.. John Wayne on the t.v... there's just something so cerebral about that shot!
watched a documentary lately about the state of American towns. They used a town called 'Gary' as an example (brilliant in itself). In less than a century the town had gone from a rich cultural, industrial, affluent bustling place, to a decaying, crime and poverty stricken place. There was nothing left!
interesting stuff!

Virginia said...

Oh Owen, as i looked at each one I thought that one was my favorite, now I can only add that I loved them all. What a great idea to start with the wide angle and work your way into it. Your photography never ceases to amaze.

To answer your question, fevrier peut-être! :)
V

'Tsuki said...

You has such an original angle on this sunset, with this window reflection... Very nice indeed...