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Old Apr 25, 2005, 11:59 AM   #21
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Taken by Charles O'Rear for National Geographic in October of 1978, it was used to illustrate an article on Vancouver. It's a giant western red cedar with a base of 21 feet across. It soars above all the surrounding trees in Stanley Park.
As with so many photographs, this one gains when its context is known. We can even better understand the angle Mr. O'Rear chose now that we know something about the tree and its location.

Knowing where and why the photo was taken, does it change the way we see it?
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Old Apr 25, 2005, 12:34 PM   #22
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in a sense it does...but i already liked it..
now i just know it was meant to look like it was towering over the other trees...cuz it is

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Old Apr 25, 2005, 1:10 PM   #23
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I didn't like this picture, not even after I read the caption and saw more in my mind than the photo could actually show. This was one of those personal reactions that have nothing to do with the merits ofa picture. I don't like highly saturated color as a rule, but color saturation isn't a bad thing. So, if this picture had been taken by a forum member and I'd suggested the colorbe toned down, would I be helping that member? Why should Joeavoid tacos because Sally hates them?

I've grown paranoid about my own opinions and those of everyone else.:sad:
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wait who's joe?
how could sally hate tacos?
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good points..something to think about
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