Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Optic Soul



International Exhibit of Photographic Arts in Paris, France


Opening on Earth Day 2017, I am honored to announce that selected images of my photography will are on exhibit in The Optic Soul at La Galerie Négatif Plus, 100-106-108 Rue la Fayette, 75010 Paris, France.   


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Curator of The Optic Soul, Lyza Sahertian defines the exhibition as …  “What I try to show & communicate with the public is what we see within...the artists show what is their vision..."The Optic Soul".


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My photographs that were chosen to best represent the theme for The Optic Soul are 3 images taken at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico:  “Graphic Sand”, “Morning Moon” and “Sand Totem”.


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Of the 3 photographs, the Sand Totem was the première image that started my journey in to the genre of fine art photography.  A lone yucca stands on the edge of a sand dune with clouds and mountains in the background.  What a compelling scene this was to come across in the vastness of the desert. 


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During my sojourn at White Sands, I also was drawn to the graphic designs of wind on the sand dunes and coming upon the early morning solitude of the moon  just about to set behind a towering dune.     

 
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The Optic Soul exhibition of eleven international artists and photographers will run from April 19 to May 2, 2017.
  


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If you happen to be in Paris, France during the days from 19 April to 2 May stop by La Galerie Négatif Plus for the artist visions in The Optic Soul.  


 



With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over the hill.  Sometimes it's a colorful landscape and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.




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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Reflections at Lake Lahontan



World Water Day and memories of the Ancient Lake Lahontan


To commemorate World Water Day on March 22nd, I focused my photo-explorations on a day at Lake Lahontan.  Located in northwestern Nevada, the present day Lake Lahontan is named for the ancient Lake Lahontan which during the Pleistocene era covered 8,500 square miles (22,000 km2) of the western U.S.


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Today’s Lake Lahontan is a reservoir that was first constructed to provide irrigation for the surrounding farmlands.  During the past years of drought the water in Lake Lahontan had all but vanished.  However the wet winter in 2016 increased the water level back along the lake’s 69 miles (111 km) of shoreline. 


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Present day Lake Lahontan with its willows and cottonwood trees provides a sanctuary for many types of wildlife and also offers a peaceful setting for people to enjoy nature.  


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During the summer, the lake is busy with camping, fishing and boating; on this early spring afternoon, I had the lake all to myself except for an eared grebe that floated by in the calm water. 


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A knocking up overhead and a red headed woodpecker was busy searching for insects on a giant cottonwood tree.


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Along the dead leaves, a robin scurried around hunting for dinner. 


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As the shadows grew long, the light began to fade and more birds flew in to settle for the night.  What a better way to appreciate World Water Day than enjoying the moments at a lake that takes one back to earlier times in the Earth’s evolution.  


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With the forecast of a wet spring, I am hoping that Lake Lahontan will continue to rise.  It will be interesting for a return visit in late spring and note the changes.   


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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.






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Thursday, March 30, 2017


The years have a way of slipping by with so many photos and great adventures, it was time to build a new photography website.  After much contemplation, I was able to narrow down my files from the thousands  of photographs collected over the years.  
Welcome to my new Bonnie Rannald's Reflecting Nature's Artistry Website that is Google Compliant, Mobile Friendly and also "Responsive".   



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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.



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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Photo-adventures with Wild Burros




Long ears and shaggy manes looking out over the sage brush



 Heading out to no-man’s land in the desert looking for adventure and much to my surprise there against the horizon was a large group of wild burros.  The area where I was driving was the road that ran near Garfield Flats.  Garfield Flats has desolate topography with some interesting rock outcroppings that were formed from volcanism.  


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On my previous trips I had not encountered much wildlife except for birds, lizards and a sole coachwhip snake.  Coming upon this many wild burros was a rare treat.  Not too far in the distance and at a higher elevation lies the Marietta Wild Burro Range. I thought maybe the burros were seeking lower ground with the cold fronts that were forecast later in the week. 


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Concerned that my truck might scare the burros, I stopped and took several photos before I drove any closer. The road ran right past to where the burros were grazing so I decided to continue slowly forward.  To my relief, most of the burros kept their heads down and did not stop eating.


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Being curious animals, several burros stopped eating and watched with ears forward to determine what I was up to.  This is when a zoom lens is mighty useful. 

   
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Wild burros are not true native desert creatures but were brought over to the Desert Southwest by the Spaniards in the 1500’s.  They were originally from Africa and known as the Wild Ass.  These present day wild burros reach a height of around 5 feet and were valued as pack animals.   Being sure-footed, these hardy creatures can carry heavy burdens and go for days in the hot desert without water. 


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The diet of wild burros which consists mainly of native desert grasses along with  Mormon Tea and Plantain will provide the animals with moisture.  However, wild burros are known to stay within 10 miles of a water source.   They can endure up to a 30% loss of  body weight in water and then replenish it in 5 minutes.


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A few of the female burros were filled out and almost appeared to be pregnant, which is unusual this late in the season. I noticed one foal that was still trying to nurse.  The temperatures for this autumn have been very mild, however colder weather is sure to come 


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These burros are fortunate to reside in an area that has been designated for them.  Although wild burros are protected wildlife under the 1971Wild and Free-Roaming Horse and Burro Act (Public Law 92-195) they still face many challenges with life in the open desert.


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As the sun dropped to a low angle, it was time to leave the burros and head back before nightfall.  I look forward to a return visit but that might not be till spring depending on how much snowpack the winter brings.  


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Follow my blog and check back often to see where my next photo-adventure will go.  Part of the thrill is just allowing it to happen, like with the wild burros.       


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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.






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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Photographing the 2016 Supermoon




The moon shines bright over Walker Lake


Catching a big moon rising over the mountains at Walker Lake is always a special thrill and what can be more exciting when it is a Supermoon.  

When I learned of the Supermoon that was to be in November, 2016 I kept checking the weather and hoping for a clear night with calm wind.  Sure enough, the weather was just about perfect and I only needed a lightweight jacket. 

The moon was forecast to rise at 5:21 PST, so I arrived early to my favorite viewing spot and got all set up with my heavy Bogen tripod as level as possible on the rocky mountainside.  

The sun had already set but was casting enough light to give subtle color to the thin clouds.  While I was waiting for the moon to rise, I took an exposure of the Gillis Mountains creating interesting reflections on the still water with a shutter speed of 1/40 second at f/5.6. 


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Approximately 17:43, 5:43 PST, the supermoon began to peek over the Gillis Mountains to the east of Walker Lake; I adjusted my shutter speed up to 1/60 second. 


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I decided to photograph with my Nikon 80-200mm 2.8 zoom lens so that I could crop in on the moon and then zoom out for a wider angle view.  On Manual Mode, I bracketed the exposures so that the highlights in the moon would not be overexposed.  I then adjusted the mountains and water to appear lighter with post-processing in Lightroom. Once the moon was up over the mountains, I increased my shutter speed to 1/200 second to adjust for the brightness of the moon.  


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The moon gained just enough elevation to begin its glow on the calm lake water.  



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Ascending a little higher and the moon glow streamed across the water.  


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One final shot on this November 13th night and I exposed for 1/400 second as the moon rose behind clouds. 


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I returned for a second try on the following night of November 14th however the moon came up later at 18:39, 6:39 PST and the sky was growing dark.  Without the additional light falling on the landscape from dusk, I had to decide whether to expose for the bright moon or the dark foreground.  I exposed for the bright moon at 1/400 seconds and allowed the landscape to go dark.  


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The best time for moonscape photography is to catch the moon when it rises and the sky is light enough to show the details in the landscape.  I follow Intellicast.com not only for weather updates but also to keep informed on times for sunrises, sunsets and the phases of the moon.   


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So until the next exciting photo event, when I strive to outwit, outplay, and outlast what nature sends, subscribe to my blog and follow my photo-explorations to see where my adventures will go.  


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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.





No images on this blog are within Public Domain. 

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