Sneaking a peek
We spend a long weekend in Palm Springs, California every year in February. And every year, I tell myself this is the year I’m going to really tear it up and take lots of photos. Inevitably, I spend almost all of the time doing family stuff, instead of getting out with my camera. This year was no different.
Not that I haven’t come back with some nice images. There was this one of the Coachella Valley at night and another I took of some chess pieces that I really like. Still, I’m usually disappointed that I wasn’t able to set aside more time for photography.
This is really the only image worth posting from this year’s trip. It was taken at some distance with the Olympus E-M1 and a 17mm lens and is really more of an example of my cropping skills than anything else. I made a gigantic crop in post-processing, which is why there’s not a lot of sharpness on the woman who is looking up at the giant Marilyn Monroe sculpture in downtown Palm Springs.
Obviously, if I had a longer lens or had had time to move in much closer, this would have turned out better.
As it turns out, the “Forever Marilyn” sculpture by Seward Johnson followed me back east. It’s going on display next month in New Jersey at the Grounds for Sculpture, a 42-acre sculpture park in Hamilton.
Image by Joe Newman.