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24 May 2007 @ 02:42 am
The Mighty Mississippi Desktop  

This is a photo I took … um … was it this summer? Anyway, it was a trip the Levy Haskell family took up to Itasca State Park in northern Minnesota. I've been using it as my desktop image at work and I find that my affection for it grows with each day, so I figured I'd share it with you. What you see below is a medium sized version—click on it for the full 1280x1024 image (which you are free to download and use as a desktop image or just to look at).

The Mississippi River
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(See? My resolve to get more photos up for people to see is starting to work. A little. One step at a time, eh?)

 
 
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Geri Sullivangerisullivan on May 24th, 2007 08:10 am (UTC)
Whoohoo!

This is so very much a fredcritter picture, full of motion, with strong lines and curves that bring the eye in, then lead it back out. Strong contrasts -- river vs. road (well, paved bike path) -- working together. It's so very much a Fred picture, yet also different from everything I've seen of yours over the years. Different and new. It's how the contrast works, and the three bikers riding away from the camera.

Wow. The colors glow on the full image. I tend not to trust any colors I see on screen, but the difference between the two versions is profound.

I can see why your affection for it is growing. It's got legs. Good 'uns.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 25th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)

Hmmm. Interesting. I'm glad that you find it new and different (can hardly imaging anything worse than having all my photos be nothing but the same old same old) but I'm a little puzzled. I guess I don't see it—to me it's, well, as you say, very much a Fred picture. A new one, one I've not taken before, but I don't know "different" is the word I'd use. Ah well. Interesting. Thanks.

Wow. The colors glow on the full image. I tend not to trust any colors I see on screen, but the difference between the two versions is profound.
I wonder if it's because of the ICC Profile I asked Photoshop to imbed in the large version—the smaller one was automatically generated by ImageEvent (and then I uploaded it to my LJ Gallery to serve to my post, unlike the large version which is living on ImageEvent). You are absolutely right about the glowing colours, and it's evident both on Safari and Firefox at home and on Firefox on a Dell/Windows box at work. Interesting.

Anyway, I'm glad you enjoy it.

Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 26th, 2007 01:49 pm (UTC)

I have now generated a medium-sized version with attached ICC Profile for display in this post using Photoshop and substituted it for the version originally posted, having determined that the presence (or absence) of that profile does make a huge difference in the displayed colour values. This new version is also larger than the old one. So while there may well be differences remaining between the two versions (in addition to the obvious difference in size), I suspect that those differences are now less profound. Thanks for mentioning it!!

Geri Sullivangerisullivan on May 26th, 2007 04:19 pm (UTC)
You're correct; the color values of the two versions of the picture are now the same on my monitor. There's an interesting texture in the surface of the water on the large version that my eye can't see on the small version (makes sense), but I'm not detecting any differences in saturation or tone when I flip back and forth between the two.
KMSvgqn on May 24th, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
This has such a sense of possibilities. Follow the straight road? Or follow the curving river? And who knows what's beyond that curve in the river? Lovely.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 25th, 2007 01:29 pm (UTC)

Wow! Spiff! Would you believe I never even thought of that? That is so cool. Thank you!

doclnghairdoclnghair on May 24th, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
Indeed a wonderful photo. I always did love your work. Please please continue to show us more!!
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 25th, 2007 01:31 pm (UTC)

Thank you, kind sir. I will do my best to get more photos up. (In case you haven't already done so, clicking on my "photo" tag will bring up a few I've posted in LJ in the past....)

gomeza on May 24th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
That one is very nice.

Also: Teh Great Mississippi River, LOL.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritterfredcritter on May 25th, 2007 01:34 pm (UTC)

Thank you, thank you. Glad you like it.

Also: it gets bigger…

retoonedretooned on May 26th, 2007 05:20 am (UTC)
One step at a time, eh?

So are those *turtle* steps coming out of the Minn of the Mississippi on the lower right?
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on May 28th, 2007 10:55 am (UTC)

By golly, I don't know!!!! Can you believe it? So I made a composite from the sections of the four photos containing those tracks and have posted it here for our friends to look at and make suggestions in answer to your question. Or was that rhetorical and you in fact believe them to be turtle tracks? I'm so stupid sometimes…

lovelylori76 on June 4th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Awesome.
This image is fantastic. I love the old weathered wood and I find myself wanting to go down either path. You have a wonderful gift.
Fred A Levy Haskell: Fredcritter eyes onlyfredcritter on June 5th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Awesome.
Thank you! Yes, both paths do look interesting, don't they. Not all who wander are lost, after all. And again thanks—the best part of it is it's the gift that keeps on giving, and it's so easy to share.