Sunday, May 15, 2016
Silvery, shimmery, glimmery
This is a detail of a gnarly pine atop 12,100 foot Frazer Mountain just north of Taos Ski Valley. Frazer Mountain is the crest of Northside at Taos Ski Valley, the Pattison family’s 1,200-acre aerie in the Sangre de Cristo Mountain that rise above the town. The photograph reveals shimmering highlights that are reminiscent of a real silver gelatin print. That silveriness is something that digital prints often lack. The soft focus background or bokeh lends something ethereal and seems to bring the pine forward in the frame.
Bokeh comes from the Japanese word “boke” and both are pronounced “boke eh”. Fittingly enough the word means blur or haze. Quiz later.