Light/Breezes

Light/Breezes
SUNRISE AT DEATH VALLEY-Photo by Tom Cochrun

Monday, May 16, 2016

NIGHT MOVES & THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO JON

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    A challenge to photographers, night images have a special appeal. There is a delicate balance to achieve in light value to capture a genuine mood and night shots are full of mood. In the frame above I like the way the light from the street lamp pools while the clouds, house lights and trees hold their own value.
    Night images hold mystery. I was first fascinated with light values in the darkness when I delivered a morning newspaper route in my teens. From a sidewalk or street an illuminated room shines as though a stage.
   Shadow play is fascinating. Capturing an image, offering detail, architecture and shadow is another balancing act. Here we see the multiple textures of the tree, the brick weave, the feature of the fountain, block in the wall and still capture the shadows.
   Night scenes around water offer textured views.

JON THE BEARER
     Pundit, social critic, wit and bright guy Jon Stewart's comments to David Axlerod at the University of Chicago are some of the truest words of the 2016 campaign.
      He told the former Obama political wiz the Democrats and the Obama administration are responsible for what he called the man-baby of Donald Trump. Stewart said their inability to show the American voter an efficient and effective government helped pave the way for what he said was an "ass hole like Donald Trump" whom he also called a demagogue.
     His toughest words for Hillary Clinton have people either ready to take off his head or nodding in approval.
     "What do I think about Hillary Clinton is, you know...I imagine her to be a very bright woman without the courage of her convictions."
      Stewart challenged Clinton to be "authentic" and genuine and to show if "there is a real person underneath."  He said her campaign and communication style reminded him of Magic Johnson's attempt to be a talk show host. It was too much of an act and not real.
       I wonder how many others miss Stewart's nightly presence and the insight of his rapier wit?

       See you down the trail

10 comments:

  1. Your night pictures are marvelous!

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  2. Me. I miss Jon and want him back to a "daily" presence. In a way he's the Mark Twain of our time (if a bit less memorable).

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    1. Steve-
      A great comparison. I love Twain, but I think Stewart probably has a better Youtube profile!

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  3. Enchanting compositions in light and darkness, Tom. I wish those qualities were so well-defined in our candidates as they are in the photos. Jon Stewart helps a lot though.

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  4. Damn, I wish Jon were not so accurate. This is the year we need a clear counter measure to the gas bag that is Trump. Instead we had dear old Bernie, a cranky grandfather figure who doesn't frankly seem presidential to me, and Hillary, who I'll vote for of course. But it's not the clear choice that illustrates the evil that Trump embodies. How I wish Mr. Biden's family burdens were not so severe that he couldn't run.
    If wishes were horses, eh?
    Cheers,
    Mike

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  5. I thought Joe was the best Democratic candidate 8 years ago. I can't help but think he is a unifier, in the old school, collegial way of doing government.

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  6. These are beautiful night images, Tom. Though I think I'd love the fountain more if it's working.

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    1. That would add more charm wouldn't it? And make the settings for the shot a bit more of a challenge.

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