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Palm Trees at Dusk: Who Else Wants To Be Here?

There are few places that suggests paradise quite like an evening at the beach.  Palm Trees at Dusk attempts to capture that special moment when the sun has set low enough in the horizon to place everything in a permanent shadow.

But what makes this photographic grab our attention is the beautiful contrast of the dark black of the trees against the softer purples and peach colors of the setting sun.  The small wisps of purple clouds add a sense of mystery and beckoning to the story.

Imagine sitting in your beach chair sipping on the last Palm Trees at Duskbit of your after dinner drinks staring at this scene in surreal calm.  You might think of the gourmet feast of your favorite tropical fish, crabs, and fruit you just consumed and adjust your sitting position to accommodate your full stomach.

Who doesn’t enjoy sitting there on the beach listening to the serene sounds of the pounding ocean waves and the lasting cries of the seagulls as they start to land for the evening?

Looking up into the grove of palm trees swaying in the gentle warm tropical evening breeze you realize that this may just be heaven on earth.  A person could so get used to this break from the hustle and time demanding issues of modern life in the city.

I think maybe, just maybe, that self-employed treasure hunter patrolling the beaches in the morning and fishing in the afternoon may just have the best job in the world.  Where, I wonder, could you get an application for that job?

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Red at Night : Promise of Tomorrow

“Red at Night sailors delight, Red in the morn sailors be warned.” So says one of the ancient maritime legends dealing with weather forecasting.    Upon a little investigation this legend pops up in different ways and saying around most of western civilizations.

 

It’s even found in the New Testament. (Matthew 16: 2-3,) Jesus said, “When in evening, ye say, it will be fair weather: For the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today; for the sky is red and lowering.”

 

Even Shakespeare had his own version. “Like a red morn that ever yet betokened, Wreck to the seaman, tempest to the field, Sorrow to the shepherds, woe unto the birds, Gusts and foul flaws to herdmen and to herds.”- Shakespeare – Venus and Adonis.

 

So what exactly is going on?  Evidently, when you peer into the setting sun, the light rays refract the color red as they move through dust particles high in the atmosphere.  Dust particles in the sky suggests a drier more stable air mass moving in from the west.  This  greatly increases the odds of good weather the next day or so.  Whereas in the morning, a red sky is bouncing the color red back from the east.  This means the stable air has passed you and unstable air is on the way from the west.  Thus, you get storms.

 

Is all this correct?  Not really.  It doesn’t seem to have any more accuracy than some of the modern-day weather forecasts.  But that is only true when you are in a location that gets its weather patterns predominately from the west.  Otherwise it’s a gamble, like most weather forecasts.

 

In this particular case, Red at Night accurately forecasted the next day.  The 9 inches of flooding rain that had deluged the area for 3 days finally came to an end.  It is always exciting to see the sun make such a fabulous exit for that day and leave a promise to return to the sky tomorrow.

 

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Last Reflections of The Day and Year!

Exciting things continue to happen at A&A Photographic Arts.  We just pulled up the visitor statistics for 2013 and they show an outstanding trend of support for our art.   So, today we present a little update on our progress last year and a view of the latest our work Last Reflections of the Day.

Last Reflections of the Day is a literally last second shot of the sunset on a nice day at the Gulf of Mexico.  The refection and color in the water disappeared within 30 seconds of this shot being taken.  It truly is a shot of history and a slice of time never to be repeated just like it is.

Speaking of reflections, the start of 2014 marks the end of our 1st calendar year in business.  The ability to produce quality photographic art continues to look bright as we peer into the near future.

If we visualize our numbers we see the growth we mentioned.   A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people.  5,600 people viewed this blog in 2013. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people.

Hold on!  You can add 4 more trains to that list for the 4,900 people who visited our online shop!  But that is just part of the story, we had visitors from more than 84 countries.  The top three countries with the most visits include the Unites States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.  We also got visitors from far away locales such as Afghanistan, Mongolia and Tanzania.

In 2013, there were 102 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 121 posts.  Our most popular post was Walking Through The Zen Garden.

As if that were not enough excitement, we have also recently changed our look to a beautiful and much more stable platform so that our visitors who use tablets and smartphones can experience the art.

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The Long Minute Sunset

 

The Long Minute is the next in a series of landscape sunset photographic artworks commemorating the end of 2013 and the beginning of the New Year.

 

This amazing shot occurred by using a camera setting that most people try to avoid.   I speak of the dreaded shutter speed.  If you take pictures, particularly of children and pets, then the shutter speed setting on your camera is a potential best friend.

 

For those new to photography, the shutter speed setting on your camera is the speed that shutter on the lens of your camera opens and closes when you push the button.  The longer your shutter is open the more light is let into the lens and displayed to the sensor in your camera.

 

This is why pictures of dogs and children often appear blurry.  If the shutter speed timing is wrong, the shutter stays open and lets in too much light.  So, when the dog moves, you capture his entire movement instead of part of his movement in a single photograph.  Bingo, you have a blurry photo.

 

But let’s use this fact artistically.  If I place a tripod and camera on a beach at sunset and take a picture of the event, I will usually choose to set the shutter speed to allow me to take the picture with crystal clarity.

 

However, if I let the shutter open on my camera for 10 minutes, the waves continue to come in and the sun will continue to set and clouds drift by.  So the light reflected off those surfaces will strike the sensor in my camera producing an artistic and usually blurry unusable image.

 

But, if I set the shutter speed to one minute, then I still get the reflections of the waves and the blurriness also.  But wait, a minute isn’t long enough for the light to vastly change or the clouds to drift by so we have a minimum of movement.

 

The result is the image of The Long Minute, a tranquil exposure example of a full minute’s exposure on the beach during a spectacular sunset.

 

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The End of the Year is Almost Gone

 

When I was viewing this incredible act of Mother Nature, I remembered movies where you watch the sun set and always notice the heat waves and the blurriness of the sun as the hero rides off after a long hard fight.

To capture the image, I worked my camera with a remote switch and a rhythm of timing to capture this photograph at the last possible second. The dramatic fiery result is the photographic work titled Almost Gone.

Indeed, It was the type of sunset that makes you want to stand and give a round of applause like at the end of a fabulous performance that brings the house down.  Of course, standing there clapping your hands and yelling “encore!” may get you a few raised eyebrows from the people nearby.

 

So, I’ll settle for admiring the colors of orange and reds contrasting the dark blues and blacks of the ocean as the sun slowly set on our day.  But I will also remember that in 24 hours the very same thing will happen again.  Yet, only this sunset will look like this.

 

Due to this, I felt Almost Gone would be an exciting addition to our ending of the year 2013 and the mysterious twilight of hope that occurs to us as the New Year actually begins.

 

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