The Alps in the AfternoonThe more rugged the mountains, the better they look with a low angle of incidence of the light. Of course, they also look great in the middle of the day, but since the rugged peaks are in three dimensions, you get many extra angles of contrast when the sun is low. These kind of shots help me remember the fake symbology built up in my head of the shape-of-mountains. I got a bit of this when I was learning to draw... when drawing a human face, it takes a long time to get rid of that thing that is drilled into you as a kid -- that the eye is sort of the shape of a football. If you try to do that with a good drawing, it never works. And, it's sort of the same way with mountains. In my head, I still have to stop thinking of them as a rugged 2D line. It's thousands of 2D lines, crawling this way and that, but I can usually only see one of them. But, on late afternoons like this, you can start to see hundreds of more lines. - Trey Ratcliff Read more, including a post about why I don't watermark, here at the Stuck in Customs blog.
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