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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

More Rocks

It has been a bit busy for me lately and so I have not had as much time to photograph as I might like. However, I am continuing to work on my rock project, which I have previously written about.

I just finished processing this image, which I composed because of the strong graphic shapes and contrast.


Three Rivers
Copyright Howard Grill

Because of the abstract qualities of these rock images I have also been trying to make black and white versions of them. In this particular case, because of the strong contrast and dominance of the shapes in the composition, I much prefer the black and white version to the one in color.

Three Rivers
Black And White Version
Copyright Howard Grill

As an aside, this abstract reminded me of Pittsburgh! As you might (or might not) know, Pittsburgh is famous for its three rivers. As a matter of fact, the prior stadium where the Pirates and Steelers played, now demolished, had been named Three Rivers Stadium.

So what are these three rivers? The Allegheny and the Monongahela Rivers come together to form the Ohio River right at a location called "The Point" in downtown Pittsburgh. The Allegheny and "The Mon", as it is known, come in and the Ohio goes out. Looks just like the black (or yellow/orange) shape in the image, except that the size of the 'rivers' are inverted as the single arm should be larger than the two that come together!