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Sotol Vista Aerial Perspective

Today I'm sharing a sunset view from Sotol Vista in Big Bend National Park.  There weren't many interesting clouds in the sky that evening, so I used a longer focal length to study the distant mountains and emphasize the aerial perspective.  Yes, there's a name for the decreasing contrast as the distance increases.  Click on the image to see a larger version.  

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.

It occurred to me as I'm writing this post that there's a lesson to be learned here.  Just because you've photographed somewhere before, it doesn't mean that you shouldn't return to that same location to photograph again.  You can always see the same thing in a different light (literally and figuratively).  Below is an image I shot last year when there were some interesting clouds to catch the fading twilight light.  Both of these images were shot from the same spot about one year apart.  Look closely to the left of center in the image below and you'll see the mountain ridges found in the image above.  

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.

Have you ever come back to the same location to photograph again?  How was the subsequent session different for you?  Share your thoughts below.  



Colors of Old San Juan

Colors of Old San Juan, originally uploaded by Suarez.

©2009 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

Just got back from a wonderful trip to Puerto Rico. I was born on this island. But it had been 30 years since I’d been home. Everything I saw, smelled, heard, tasted and touched brought back a memory for me. I took this trip with my wife to celebrate our anniversary. We’re definitely coming back very soon with the kids.

Everything about Old San Juan was exactly as I remember--the cobblestone streets, the colorful buildings with their distinctive architecture. It was like taking a walk with my father when I was a child. We stopped and got ice cream from a street vendor. I had acerola ice cream. The acerola berry is my absolute favorite fruit in the world. My grandmother had an acerola plant in her yard. I loved to pick a bowl full, wash them and swing in a hammock eating them. Enough rambling for now. I'll post a few more images from PR soon.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this image even a fraction as much as I did making it.

For those of you in Austin, be sure to come out tonight to see Will van Overbeek speak at the CapMac Advance Photography SIG. More info here.