June 19, 2014

sunrise at Nicasio -- reality without reproach

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photo by Donald Kinney

It was Tuesday morning and getting late, and because of a plain vanilla sky--without clouds--I wasn't quite sure if I was going to snag any photos or not… Imagine my delight when I arrived at Nicasio Reservoir and discovered that the lake was busy at work generating its own set of foggy clouds.

And yes, that bird is real--not later Photoshopped into the scene… Just a bit of happy happenstance I suppose, as I would have been perfectly satisfied with the other snaps I was making of the scene without the bird.

Not that I have always been beyond reproach--in 1963 I remember feeling terribly uneasy about one of my my Monterey County Fair entries. I had added in a string of low flying birds into a rather pleasing splash image. No Photoshop--just scissors, rubber cement, and a copy image; yet the judges fell for my deception and the print, although it won no award, got hung. I have never quite gotten over my deception and can only tell you about this now because I believe the Statute-of-Limitations has run out on the crime.

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John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Oh my, this brought back memory of my poetry entry in sixth grade. This was some big contest for youth poetry, not something confined to just my school. Anyone who entered would get a ice cream. Well I wanted the ice cream. So I copied a four line poem from an old book of riddles my grandmother had. I got my ice cream. Weeks later in front of the class it was announced that little Johnny's poem was one of several state-wide winners (the only from my school)and would be read over the radio in an upcoming poetry program. That ice cream didn't taste so good now.

Zoomie said...

That's a spectacular shot with or without the bird.

MELI. said...

this is a beautiful image, love it, bird included :) really enjoy reading your stories. are you going to share the-one rebellious image with us? :)

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