Adirondack Rock

As I said in another post about adirondack chairs along this public waterfront: nice neighbourhood – no one steals the chairs.

This chair is on the rocks at the end of the Chinese Cemetery, Harling Point. I have taken and rejected many photos of it.  On Tuesday the early morning sun lighting the moss and grass amongst the rocks finally gave me something along the lines I had been wanting, but only in monochrome. This chair is a navy blue and has a memorial plaque to someone that I never heard of, but possibly a former neighbour.

Most times I have been out to the point on a nice day someone has been sitting here, looking at the Olympic Mountains, Trial Island, the boat traffic in between, reading, or soaking up the sun. Its a fantastic spot, and delightful that this is a public space, near to my house. If I was the sitting around doing a lot of not much type of person I would sit here for hours. Prime spot.

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Canon EOS 5D Mkii, Canon 5omm/f1.4, polarizing filter, ISO 200, f4, 1/160th top, 1/1,600th bottom.

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31 thoughts on “Adirondack Rock

  1. Pingback: Adirondack Sunset « burnt embers

    • Thank you Juanita – it’s so nice that you are looking back a bit, it reminds of pictures that are already fading from my own memory. Pretty sad eh? After just a week or two…

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      • I missed almost 2 weeks 😦 Trying to catch up with 400 emails and everyone’s blog, along with my own!! I sometimes have to go through my photo’s just to make sure I don’t post one twice, I, too, forget….

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    • The more I look at the top image, the better I like it. One of the reasons is that a couple of the chair edges relate to the picture frame so it’s well anchored and then the rest of the image is organic and, if the chair wasn’t there, it would be impossible to tell their scale. The chair is out of place with the rest of the scene and one questions why it’s there with no other references to humans in this natural scene. The chair also invites us to sit in it.

      I could live with this image on my wall. It’s very satisfying on a number of levels.

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      • Hi Doug, thank you for your interesting insights. When I was taking the picture I took care to have the top of the back of the chair below the line of the rocks and lined up with them a bit. I was not noticing so much other lines in the chair and I think that it was a bit off level which I straightened in post. This might be a good view, without the chair, to see if I can get a good aerial view of a mountainous terrain – thanks for the idea!
        And thanks for the compliment – someone being able to live with one of my pictures on a wall is as good as it gets 🙂

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    • It is cool. Harling Point is a fantastic little community. The way the roads are arrangend means there is only one entrance to neighbourhood, and almost no through roads inside. This reduces traffic to mostly people that have a (legit) reason to be here. In nice weather there is a community potluck in Quimper Park which is a very small playing field in the middle of the neighbourhood – sometimes there are 20 or 25 kids there along with parents and other neighbours. Good food too. It is pretty much a spontaneous happening – nice weather and people will be there.

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    • Thank you Mathias – one of the great things about comments is that they cause me to look at images many times more than I might otherwise. I am liking the second one more all the time

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    • Hi Doug – I think I am with you on this one – the top picture does more for me, though the view in the second one is more informative, the subject, for me, really is the chair and the rock around it, and not the great view to be had sitting in the chair. But the second image is growing on me the more often I look at it.

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    • Hi Barb – welcome back. For some reason I had to approve your comment today, as well as frequent commenter oneowner. Maybe WordPress has a short term memory problem. Or did you change from Barbara to Barb? Anyway, thanks so much for you comment. Sometimes, but only extremely rarely, we can see Mt. Rainier from this kind of vantage point, looking more or less in the direction of the second image. That would be looking right over your head I think.

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  2. All the public chairs and benches in the parks around here are cemented into the ground to keep them from being misappropriated. This certainly looks like a great place to spend some time and a great place to photograph. The B&W conversion really looks nice on these.
    I have also rejected photos of beautiful spots because they didn’t adequately convey the feeling I had at the time I took them. I’m glad you ended up with some winners.

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    • Thanks oneowner – I feel like I can do better than these, so will keep on trying. Lighting is what makes these shots and different times of the year/day might throw up some surpises. I could “cheat” too, and move the chair to the pest position, but that would feel like, well, cheating.

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  3. Just awesome, my friend! We were in town over the weekend and actually saw a scene just like this a bit further down the road. It instantly caught my imagination and eye. You’ve done a GREAT job here, bringing this scene and message to life for us all to enjoy, my friend! Top drawer!

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    • Hi Toad – thank you. I bet that you saw the red and pale blue chairs on Kitty Islet. They are just like this, though in a busier spot and more exposed to the view of houses on adjacent hillside. I prefer this one as it is more secluded with fewer people walking through the area, and pretty similar view too.
      If it was not the Kitty Islet ones, then I would love to know where you saw others – I would not be surprised if there are more, someone is doing a good job of making the view comfortable without pouring concrete and fixing hard benches into the ground. Not Oak Bay municipality I am pretty sure – not their kind of colours for one thing, too easily vandalised or stolen for another.

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    • Thanks Nandini – that one I had to tweak and reload 4 times because my edits of contrast (I was trying to emphasise the grass without loosing too much else) were repeatedly mangled by wordpress uploading into a noisy ridden mess. I need to use better editing software.

      And good thing, if you are feeling breathless, there is a chair just waiting for you to catch your breath in comfort!

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    • There is indeed, it’s a Canadian National Historic Site – my post about it has links to some interesting history about the place if you care to find out more. I would recommend Dr. Lai’s article that is linked in there, and the NFB film if you have time.

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    • Hi David – it is a fantastic spot. Things like this make me jealous of the people that own waterfront – some of them just don’t seem to really appreciate the view – I would die for a breakfast table seat looking over this kind of scene. Instead, sitting here at the computer I just got a ray of sun in my eye from the side – it was shining right through the house two doors over – probably the only day of the year it does that (if there are no clouds) and it lasted the length of time it took me to write this note. A different view, but also pretty satisfying to get that glimpse of sun from such an unexpected viewpoint.

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    • Hey emaculent – welcome to my blog – very nice to have you visit. That polarizing filter does help – I played with it a lot on these shots trying to get the best reflections off the chair.

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