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EDITION SIZE: 450 + 10 Artist Proofs
PRINT TYPE:  Silver Halide C-Print

Linhof Technorama 617SIII, 90mm lens, Fuji Velvia 100
F/32 at 8 seconds

International Photography Awards (IPA) 2011
The 2011 International Photography Awards received over 8,000 submissions from 90 countries across the globe.  
*Honorable Mention for Professional Category: Special - Panoramic.  "Extended" Series of 5 Images
*Honorable Mention for Professional Category: Nature - Landscapes.  "Extended" Series of 5 Images

International Photography Awards (IPA) 2008
One of the largest International Photography Competitions, the jury selected from over 22,000 entries spanning 124 countries.
*Honorable Mention for Professional Photographer of the Year in Nature Category: Landscapes - "Man's Hand at Water's Edge" Series of 5 Images
*Honorable Mention for Professional Photographer of the Year in Nature Category: Waterscapes - "Man's Hand at Water's Edge" Series of 5 Images

Field Notes:
Linhof Technorama 617SIII, 90mm lens, Fuji Velvia 100

F/32 at 60 seconds 45 minutes after sunset

I arrived as a new resident of La Jolla, California on New Years Eve 2006.  After having spent seven months in the high desert of Nevada, to say I was thankful to be back to the waters edge of the Pacific Ocean would be an understatment.  The familiar sounds of waves breaking; smell of seaweed in the air; seagulls in flight; the barking of sea lions; it all made me feel a sense of returning to home.  (Not that this was home.  Actually, far from it in the sense that - this state is huge!  I grew up in Monterey - close, but far; the same state, but not really.)  But, here I was in La Jolla, and it was feeling familiar, and it was a good thing.

Photographically, of course I was excited.  As always with a new place, one can simply explore without expectation and allow inspiration to come as it will.  This did not take long and I soon found myself standing beneath the Scripp’s Pier and feeling very inspired.  Although it was noon, I was already in another time, visualizing the pier in different light - sweet sunset light with dramatic balanced color, perhaps.  I visualized that first image as being panoramic and bold.  From that first sighting, I had a name picked out - Time.  It was graphic and clear to me, the shape and feel of an hourglass through the middle of the pier, sands of time sifting through them.  Yes, Time would serve a perfect title for this piece, I thought to myself.  It was 30 minutes prior to sunset - backpack of gear, tripod in hand, inspired vision in mind, when I returned that first night.

After two weeks without missing an evening, I had a pretty good sense of what the sunset would do, or, more accurately, would not do!  Unlike one’s expectations might imagine, the sunset’s here tend to fade away into a sea of gray tones, quite regularly, it would seem.  I enjoyed my time on the beach - people watching, walking, meditating to the sounds of the waves breaking, or listening to music; and I waited for the sweet light!

On several occasions, I setup and shoot.  Maybe a roll or two.  Each time I view the processed film I am left dissatisfied.  No clouds - boring.  Gray and dark.  Not bad color but no clouds and boring sky.  Underexposed under the pier - remember to compensate.  Range from far left of composition to far right too wide - remember to compensate. 

Nearing three weeks later, I had the evening that I had been waiting for.  Nice cloud cover with a clear horizon, the makings of sweet light and color.  This is going to be the night!  Shoot shoot shoot.  Setup.  Figure out the exposure.  Double check.  Set the graduated filter in place.  Triple check exposure.  Shoot.  Bracket bracket bracket.  Reload.  Wow, this is so beautiful!  I love this!!  Recheck exposure.  Recheck composition.  Recheck filter placement.  Is everything right?  The process of going through everything tech-wise to make sure you have it all right is haunting because you just waited 3 weeks for this 7 minute window of time and you really want to make a great photograph!

For several years I had a chance to speak with people in the gallery about this piece and found that everyone allows their perception to see different aspects to the image.  Whether it’s stairs climbing up to the door; stairs climbing downward; representative to a biblical passage in which “narrow is the way”; and so on.  I found that the colors were attractive to both men and women, and over time I came to realize that the image has a very good balance between masculine and feminine, hard and soft.

Time, in many ways, is exactly the type of photograph I look to achieve with my images - it’s aesthetically stunning on the wall but it’s nature is meditative.  It begs to be stared at, drawn into the center of the scene.  The center point, a door to another world, captures the attention of the viewer.  While looking at this image and relaxing into it as a viewer, one becomes naturally centered and focused - and this is when I think an image is most successful, when it affects the viewer in a positive way, and this is the quality in an image I most want to make - beautiful and meditative.

If you love bold color and compositions that draw you into the scene, then this photograph might be a great addition to your art collection!  It's beautiful in the 25" print size, but really starts to get dramatic in the larger 60" and 80" sizes.  Also, it can be framed a number of different ways depending on your personal style and decor, so feel free to request a "virtual tour" of the piece in your home.

Fine Art Color Landscape Photograph by Scott Reither.  La Jolla, California