The Woot Shung Walking Stick


This photograph was taken last night around 5:15 p.m., just as the sun was going down in a blaze of glory on one side of the sky, and the (nearly-full) moon was coming up through some misty haze on the other. The clouds in this shot were sandwiched between the two events; I didn't know which direction to shoot first!

This area has a 360-degree view of the sky, and since we're expecting clear, calm weather, I'll be there again tonight watching the full moon rise, maybe with a tripod this time.

Post-processing: Shot with the Canon EOS 5D and the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L lens at 24mm, ISO 400, shutter speed 1/200s and aperture f/10. Curves adjustments for contrast and saturation; color balancing for tone.

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Those clouds are awsome. They lead straight to where the Woot Shung Walking Stick (or javelin in my eye) will fly once released.

Posted by ROB on December 4, 2006 7:14 AM

I like composition: the thin black line of the ground in like children drawing... great!

Posted by alberto on December 4, 2006 8:10 AM

Beautiful colours! Lovely shot.

Posted by Craig Wilson on December 4, 2006 8:44 AM

Like a scene from a childrens story book. Lovely painted sky. Just like brushstrokes from Heaven.

Posted by Laurie on December 4, 2006 9:21 AM

What a fantastic sense of space!!! I love how the clouds radiate from the person, making him (or her) seem at the same time very powerful and very small. What a great shot!

Posted by Tully on December 4, 2006 9:57 AM

You have a real talent for capturing such unique scenes. The clouds radiating from the silhouette looks very cool.

Posted by bryan on December 4, 2006 10:28 AM

Wonderful composition with excellent contrast and colors. I look forward to seeing your new photographs each day.

Posted by RD on December 4, 2006 12:21 PM

This shot is very powerful Kathleen. Nice job.

Posted by Justin Blanton on December 4, 2006 1:17 PM

Yes! I love it, small people always get me.

Posted by Jeff Ambrose on December 4, 2006 3:01 PM

Holy smokes, this one is amazing!

Posted by Jasper on December 4, 2006 3:06 PM

I love all of the energy in this. Very stirring.

Posted by Steve on December 4, 2006 3:39 PM

Beautiful! The clouds are just amazing; I love the way they lead your eye right to the subject. Phenomenal work.

Posted by Gabriel Loeb on December 4, 2006 3:53 PM

It almost looks like the person is "conducting" the clouds! An amazing shot!

Posted by Steve B. on December 4, 2006 3:54 PM

There is something about such a wide expanse of blue beautiful sky, and seeing the small. Gives it perspective for sure. Thus is life. My photo of the day.

Posted by Fellow Eskimo on December 4, 2006 8:29 PM

The eyes bounce in this image-- they start at the top left, follow the clouds to the silhouette, then bounce back out. It's cool; it gives you two feelings of the image: focusing in and flying out.

Posted by Robert on December 4, 2006 8:42 PM

nice nice nice

Posted by Rahul on December 4, 2006 10:07 PM

Running figure, racing clouds, low ground, high tension, big sky over a slit of earth! Relaxing, calming--yet the runner interjects urgency. I have never considered the effect of this tension/balance as a compositional tool. Very Wow. Very Minimal. Stark.

N.C. Wyeth did some "small figure-big sky" pieces and this piece reminds me of them. Wyeth did a lot of story illustration and this image seems to demand that a story be constructed for it......come to think of it, figures (not to mention John Deeres and combines) are often pitched agianst a huge scape of land and sky when walking in Durham Township. And each has it's story.

Thank you for sharing another very thought-provoking work.

Posted by david Tinnon on December 4, 2006 11:02 PM

Great capture! Awesome color in the sky!

Posted by P.J. on December 4, 2006 11:39 PM

Amazing colors, thought provoking silhouette... damn it Kathleen, how do you do it?

Posted by Theron Tan on December 5, 2006 12:06 AM

Tena koe ehoa
The vast expanse of this image is not without it's own drama. Like a scene being acted out this fellow plays havoc with the clouds like they are his puppets!
Beautiful image and impression!

Posted by ndiginiz on December 5, 2006 2:14 AM

This shot just sucks you right in - great stuff - beautiful colours!

Posted by LwS on December 5, 2006 4:29 AM

The clouds are truly wonderful, as are the blue tones.

Posted by Suvir Venkataraman on December 5, 2006 2:20 PM

Amazing sky, great capture.

Posted by Angry Buddha on December 5, 2006 5:03 PM

With a sharp mind's eye, ndiginiz has nailed it! Our hero is chasing the clouds, he is Cloud Chaser. We do have a story!

Posted by david Tinnon on December 5, 2006 9:32 PM

Great composition and a awesome sense of scale.

Posted by Thomas Solberg / Project neXus on December 6, 2006 2:56 AM

Hi ya, another great shot.
As I'm soon off line for a bit, here's early best wishes coming your way for the festive season.

Merry everything.. have a fun time :-))

Posted by Ian on December 6, 2006 2:57 AM


Posted by Jerry Moores on December 6, 2006 7:38 AM

playing "Hit the Comet" or flying a smoke kite, I cannot be sure...wonderful image!

Posted by otilius on December 6, 2006 10:22 AM

Amazing clouds! Nice detail of the silhouette. Great capture.

Posted by Ries on December 6, 2006 10:37 AM

Great composition and the clouds and just amazing.

Posted by pinto on December 7, 2006 1:42 AM

It's so excellent! Zdorovo!
I'm flying here.

Posted by Nick DioRa on December 7, 2006 5:51 AM

Grrrrreat action! Absolutely gorgeous.

Posted by javga on December 7, 2006 11:23 AM

Kathleen must be a "Cloud Whisperer"

Posted by Motina on December 7, 2006 8:06 PM

Wow, amazing photo, just enough ground and the small person with the stick really gives a feeling of the vast sky!

Posted by Markus on December 21, 2006 8:44 PM

Very nice composition!

Posted by Gromitch on January 14, 2008 4:42 AM
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