Shooting the Breeze

Looking out my window here in rural New Jersey (yes, there is such a place), I can tell it’s March by the trees being buffeted by the raw wind.  It has me thinking about the irony of shooting something that isn’t visible itself, but that can make for dynamic effects in photographs.  From sandstorms on the Tibetan Plateau, enveloping everything and everyone in a haze of yellow dust, to the swaying of fall foliage in Vermont or the patterns cast on the surface of a pond, winds have the power to alter a scene adding motion to an otherwise static situation. A few favorites …

©Michael Yamashita

Sandstorm in Gansu, China.

©Michael Yamashita

Separating the seed from the chaff in Badakhshan, Afghanistan.

©Michael Yamashita

Sailors create their own form of shadow play, silhouetted by the sun on the Sanjeeda's sails, just off Lamu Island, Kenya.

©Michael Yamashita

Rain-washed and windswept, sumac brightens as it nears peak season, Vermont.

©Michael Yamashita

Hotel spas, Beppu Onsen, Japan.

©Michael Yamashita

Patterns formed by underwater rocks then blurred by surface winds, Jiuzhaigou, China.

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