October 24, 2013

Ruby Beach, Washington

Photograph by Abelardo Morell

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

With the ground beneath his feet as a canvas, photographer Abelardo Morell uses the camera obscura technique—focusing light through a small opening onto a dark surface—to inspire fresh appreciation for America's national parks.

See more pictures from the October 2013 feature story “Visions on Earth.”

Watch an interview with Abelardo Morell from our video portrait series The Photographers on Photography »
Learn how to make your own room-size camera obscura »

21 comments
Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Well obviously this must be some extraordinary technique - I seem to have lost it somewhere although interesting,  I like to learn new things but this particular photo just doesn't grab me.

Brittany Covert
Brittany Covert

Love it! Ruby Beach is amazing! This photo looks great!

chen feng
chen feng

why  couldn't  be downloaded?

Eduardo Esparza
Eduardo Esparza

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Sarah Dove
Sarah Dove

I enjoy how these pictures reveal themselves to you gradually. At first glance they're confusing. You gradually make sense of the two layers, the projection and the background, discerning which one each detail belongs to. Then you look at it again as a whole, with comprehension, and see how beautiful and interesting both are and how being combined in this unexpected way gets you to see them afresh, without the *automatic* element of looking at an immediately recognisable picture. It's a neat feeling and very satisfying.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Interesting technique, but don't really care for it much.     It really is obscure for sure.

Dylan Roberts
Dylan Roberts

Don't get me wrong, I do like Camera Obscura but although its interesting I feel they tend to miss the ecstatically pleasing spark that a image needs; this one especially with it looking lazy and cluttered and to any newcomers to Camera Obscura this is a poor example..; Even though I know they are anything but easy to set-up.. I would of preferred to see this photograph of Morell's on the Photo of the Day: http://bit.ly/166IYEm . My opinion.. :)

sankar chatterjee
sankar chatterjee

Nice to see,very good photography,I had been in Washington in 2012, cant remember

B. Postel
B. Postel

What are the dark scratches?

Courtney Alexander
Courtney Alexander

Great work from Abelardo..heard him speak @ National Geographic; very down to earth creative photographer!

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

The way the colours have loose definition gives the impression of seeping chemicals on an old film.  Yet the sharp focus on the rocks and seaweed belies this.  Just like Morell's Golden Gate from a couple of weeks ago, the camera obscura disorientates the viewer.  But then, so does all good art.

I imagine the head's-up google glass wearers will have the same feeling.

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 7/10 zoom lenses  

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