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John Annesley Fine Art Photography; landscapes page. Luminous southwestern skies at dusk and dawn, visually eloquent imagery!

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  1. 1. Landscapes <ul><li>The sky tends to be the most powerful element in my landscape photography for it is what captures my attention most reliably; I am awed by the beauty and transient nature of luminous color at dusk and dawn. Not even the most radiant neon lamp could even dimly compare to the color wash that weaves across southwestern clouds, infusing them with hues so alive that a mere camera cannot adequately do them justice.&quot; –John Annesley– </li></ul>
  2. 2. “ Apache Grassland” View looking south-east into Mexico from the Arizona / New Mexico border from the base of the Chiracahua mountains. Photo taken in mid-monsoon season, early August, 2001. Nikon F camera, 50mm lens, F16, 1/60 sec. shutter speed, tripod and cable release. Fuji Velvia asa 50 slide film. Copyright 2001 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  3. 3. “ Ocotillo Sunset” Bisbee, Arizona. Minutes after sunset, a towering monsoon storm cloud blooms high above the desert, undulating as it expands. I just happened to have my camera with me while leaving a friends house, and ran into a nearby field of ocotillo to get this shot. August, 2003. Digitally captured image. ©2003 John Annesley. All rights reserved.
  4. 4. “ Enchanted Night” Night blooming datura in New Mexico’s ‘City of Rocks’, near Faywood. 8 megaixel digital camera, Zeiss lens, fine resolution tiff mode, ISO 64, flash, tripod and cable release. Copyright 2005 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  5. 5. “ High Lonesome Sunrise” View at dawn from High Lonesome road, near Bisbee, Arizona. Fuji Velvia asa 50 slide film, Nikon F camera, 35mm lens, F 16, 1 second exposure. Sky 1A filter, tripod and cable release. Copyright 2001 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  6. 6. “ Marsh Mirror” A cloud at sunset like a neon band, reflected on the still waters of Whitewater Draw, Sulphur Springs Valley, Arizona. The reeds and grasses appear as silhouettes against the hues of twilight.Photo taken on 8/26/04. Digitally captured image, ISO 64, F8, 1/30th second exposure. F2-2.8 28-200mm Zeiss zoom lens, graduated neutral density filter. Tripod and cable release. Copyright 2004 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  7. 7. “ Lenticular Huachuca” Lenticular cloud formation flushed red as the sun sets behind the snow capped Huachuca mountain range in the distance. The foreground range of dark mountains are the Mules, the same range in which I was standing when I took this photograph. Photo taken with an 8 megapixel digital camera, Zeiss F2-2.8 28-200mm zoom lens, ISO 64, tripod and cable release. Copyright 2005 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  8. 8. “ September Moon” 20 miles east of Bisbee Arizona, blooming fields of gold stretch out the volcanic mountain brim of Arizona’s Sulphur Springs Valley. The refracting light at sunset combined with thin cloud cover, caused the exact opposite point of the setting sun to be pin pointed on the eastern horizon as the full moon rises over volcanic cinder cones and mountains near the Devil’s highway, old route 666, now named highway 191. Older maps still bear the 666 designation.
  9. 9. “ Three Sentinels” Agave staves silhouetted against a sunset on the Arizona / Mexico border. Image ©2006 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  10. 10. “ San Pedro River Valley” Late September 2006, near Palominas, Arizona. Image©2006 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  11. 11. “ Twilight, San Pedro River Valley” Night blooming datura half-way unfurled; at dusk they rapidly open from a tight furl to wide like a saucer. Each bloom has curious claws along its rim. Digitally captured image, ©2005 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  12. 12. “ Life of a Hunter” Photograph taken at Whitewater Draw in Arizona's Sulphur Springs Valley on 12/4/04. The title of this image was suggested by a friend as a description of who I am in terms of photography. He pointed out that I seek images that capture me, and when they do, I have a mirror response and seek to capture them much like the water capturing a mirror image of the sunset in this photograph. A good hunter emulates the hunted so well that he or she can anticipate its actions, and arrive at the place of capture beforehand in order to lie in wait.
  13. 13. “ Arizona Rails” Abandoned railroad line at sunset, Naco Arizona. Huachuca mountains in the distance. Image ©2006 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  14. 14. <ul><li>“ Sacred Datura” </li></ul><ul><li>Considered sacred by Native American cultures for its halucinogenic properties,the night blooming datura is also the bane of cattle ranchers because it drives livestock mad. Also known as Jimson Weed and Loco Weed, this beautiful bone-white flower grows wild throughout south eastern Arizona. </li></ul>
  15. 15. “ Year’s Eve” I got this shot of a leaning lenticular cloud with windmill on New Years Eve, 2006. Although this is just a detail section of the cloud, I find this image quite compelling. ©2006 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  16. 16. “ Coronado’s Gold” Coronado National Forrest, Arizona. ©2006 John Annesley, all rights reserved.
  17. 17. “ Sunflower Sky” Locally termed, ‘Mexican Sunflowers’, this nine foot tall plant boasts a host of bright yellow blooms. August, 2004 along the San Pedro River, Arizona. Exposure set for the sky, fill flash.
  18. 18. “ Palominas Windmill” A few days before Thanksgiving in 2004 I took this photograph along the U.S. / Mexico border near Palominas, Arizona. This is a working windmill on a cattle ranch.
  19. 19. “ Naco Yuccas” Near Dos Nacos on the U.S. side of the border. These yucca blooms are about three feet long and weild heavy, bell shaped flowers.