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A beautiful picture, Cap'n. I love the Saharan sands in the moonlight. You can almost feel the heat of the day still lingering, can't you? I'm guessing it's easily 115 out, despite it being during the 'cool' of the evening. Me, I had my air conditioner on just the other day as we fought off the brutal heat wave we're going through down here in the Keys. Personally, I think it's very considerate of you to post a picture of the scorching desert sands, so as to let us know that the rest of the nation feels our pain.
My own work - photography is one of my part time vocations along with music and fishing. This one actually won an award and the judge actually thought it was a picture of wave action on sand under water. Kind of amusing.
I have several of these shadow pictures on snow - its something that I like to shoot when the sun is right. That's actually a color photograph - not black and white.
Nah - just a flaw in the snow cover. Gives a little character - no image is ever perfect. As a general rule, I don't use Photoshop for reducing flaws in images. I do use Photoshop to tweak the images, but I don't make changes to the base image.
It is! It must have been a truly enchanted moment as you gazed at the pond in the soft moonlight and realized what a perfect picture it made. And Big Al was right -- that pic of your beautiful boat the syrup cart was sharp as a tack. Very unusual for the web. Any more like that at home?
Or was it Bourdain? I tend to confuse my cooking/travel/survival shows. Beating cobra hearts, squeezed elephant dung, scorpions, durian... I've vicariously consumed all of these from the comfort of my Lazy-Boy(tm).
Regarding comparison with other places, when I was working on gas wells [too deep for oil] in Oklahoma when the winter wheat was tall and still green, I was reminded of the rolling ocean. Somewhat like Tom's photo.