Speaking of green grass: a few days ago I was reading & watching The Story Behind the World’s Most Viewed Photo, the Windows XP ‘Bliss’ Wallpaper. And I was really surprised to find out that the photo was taken in Napa Valley. I know this will sound weird, but when we were driving through those green fields around sunset on our road trip I somehow had a feeling about this being a perfect place to take a typical computer wallpaper landscape photo. Unfortunately we were in a bit of a rush to get to our next destination and we only stopped once so I didn’t get to take the kind of photo I had in mind. Which is fine, I came home with this windmilled sunset roadscape instead.
What Charles O’Rear, the photographer of the XP photo, says about the right moment to shoot your landscape is of course so true. Le moment décisif, anyone? Rapidly moving clouds will make a world of difference. Just compare these two photos I took somewhere in Oregon last summer, just a few seconds apart.