Posts Tagged ‘Dale O’Dell’

  • Everything under the Sun: A journey to and from the 2017 total solar eclipse

    Oct 6, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, ColumnNo CommentsRead More »

    Story, photos, & illustrations by Dale O’Dell Given that the occurrence of a total solar eclipse is about once per continent per human lifetime, it’s highly likely that during your lifetime an eclipse will happen over the landmass on which you live. And you should see it. An eclipse is a unique astronomical event that you should witness at least once, even if you must travel a great distance. There’s nothing comparable. It can’t be overemphasized: Each and every human being should see at least one total solar eclipse. I was already planning another photo shoot when I first learned about the 2017 solar eclipse. I’d be photographing land art installations featuring automobiles including “Carhenge” in Alliance, Neb. The Aug. 21 total solar eclipse would span the entirety of the North America, and I wondered whether the shadow would fall over Nebraska. Yes, it would! The Moon’s shadow would traverse the sky directly over Alliance. I scheduled the trip and planned on shooting both “Carhenge” and the eclipse. I taught myself about solar filters, protecting my eyes and my camera’s sensor, exposure data, and all of that. I read books and astronomy websites. Many experts were saying the same thing about optimum viewing locations: The highest probability of clear skies was in the middle of the continent like in, you know, Alliance, Neb. Since it looked like I’d have company,

  • Great American Solar Eclipse update

    Sep 1, 17 • ndemarino • UncategorizedNo CommentsRead More »

    As the September issue went to print, 5enses reporter and photographer Dale O’Dell was on his way back to Prescott after photographing the Great American Solar Eclipse from the location above. [Moonrise, Carhenge, Alliance, Nebraska. © Dale O’Dell 2017.] This is an unretouched photograph of the moon rising over Carhenge on April 10, 2017. Carhenge is a land-art installation featuring cars. If a group of cars stacked and arranged to resemble England’s Stonehenge isn’t interesting enough, Carhenge was directly under the path of the moon’s shadow on Eclipse Day, Aug. 21. More than 10,000 people from all over the world descended upon Carhenge in Alliance, Neb. to view the eclipse. The October issue of 5enses will feature Dale’s report and photographs from this momentous astronomical event. *****

  • Moon dance: The total solar eclipse of 2017 comes to Prescott (and, you know, everywhere else in the U.S.)

    Jul 25, 17 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon The last time it happened was Feb. 26, 1979. It’s been more than 38 years since that event: a total solar eclipse visible across the contiguous U.S. And, on Monday, Aug. 21, you can see it again — hey, stop staring: that’s the Sun! — from right here in good ol’ Prescott. The partial eclipse lasts two to three hours, though it won’t reach totality here. Prescott’s zenith is a 75 percent eclipse around 10:30 a.m. There’s a deluge of information about the eclipse online, but if you want to experience some local flair, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better gathering than that hosted by the Prescott Astronomy Club. From 9 a.m. through noon, at the Civic Center Amphitheater, 7501 E. Civic Circle, in P.V., there’ll be presentations, displays, hands-on activities, and more. Below, Adam England, publicity coordinator for the Prescott Astronomy Club, shares some info about the event. ***** What does the Prescott Astronomy Club have in store for the solar eclipse? The event, itself, is 9 a.m.-noon on Monday, Aug. 21. There’ll be presentations. One is from members of the Prescott Astronomy Clubs with telescopes with filters so people can view the Sun and Moon in real time. There’s also a local photography club who’ll show how to safely photograph the sun before, during, and after an eclipse, as well as any other time,

  • Encore, encore: Winter show highlights recent artists of The Raven Café

    Nov 4, 16 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By James Dungeon [Editor’s note: The following interview was culled from conversations between the reporter and Maria Lynam, one of the art directors behind “Encore,” which is Nov. 19-Jan. 8 at The Raven Café, 142 N. Cortez St., 928-717-0009.] How did “Encore” come to be? Betsy Dally, my business partner and the other art director at The Raven, and I decided on it early in the year when we were setting up the calendar. We wanted a group show around the holidays that featured all of the artists who’ve had shows at the Raven since we both started about a year and a half ago. … They’re all excellent artists, and there’s a variety of media such as mixed media, oil painting, photography, and 3D art. It’s an exciting show. One of the nice things about The Raven is that they’re kind enough to let local artists hand their work in their gallery. We have very few public spaces for art, and this is an important venue. Bringing back the people who’ve already participated with us seemed like a no-brainer. Also, always thinking about what patrons of The Raven want to see, it makes sense to bring these people back. We’ve had a lot of sales from these artists, and they provide a lot of variety. Hanging a show with such diverse pieces must be quite the challenge. It is

  • Picture-esque: A snapshot of state-of-the-fine-art-photography

    Oct 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Portfolio2,226 CommentsRead More »

    By Robert Blood It started with a question: When does a photograph become art? Following the lead of high school valedictorians through the ages, I consulted the venerable Merriam-Webster, which defines a photograph as “a picture or likeness obtained by photography.” And art? That’s “the conscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects.” Unfazed, I followed these semi-circular definitions down a rabbit hole of semantic gymnastics and mixed-martial arts metaphors. Soon, I was unable to delineate each constituent, let alone their confluence. Somewhat fazed, I looked to the experts in academic journals. After tearing through a ream of essays on the subject, I reached a profound realization. Namely, that the writing in academic journals is constipated and best left to students working on master’s degrees and six-figure student loans. Decidedly fazed, I just Googled the damned phrase, “When does a photograph become art?” Turns out even the Greatte Oraclé Digitalus isn’t sure, THOUGH LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO POST ON MESSAGE BOARDS IN CAPITAL LETTERS HAVE VERY STRONG OPINIONS ABOUT IT!!1!1 Then I stopped for lunch. After that, I decided to pass the buck to four Prescott-based photographers, each of whom was selected according to the following criteria: I enjoy her or his work. I have her or his phone number handy. Here’s what they think. …   True to form Stephen Smith discovered photography

  • Release the hounds

    Jan 31, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, FeatureNo CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell A couple of months ago I made a big mistake: I posted a comment on someone’s political Facebook post. Although my comment was factually correct, it led to hateful and venomous comments by trolls who insulted my parentage, demanded I leave the country, and even called for my death. It got so bad the person who’d originally made the post removed it and sent me a personal apology. We both agreed that any more social media postings by either of us would be limited to pictures of kittens and puppies. Although it blew over without any physical violence, it really shook me up. I was still thinking about it the next day when I was out running errands in my car. While sitting at a stoplight I noticed a bumper sticker on the car in front of me. It read, “Lord, help me to be the person my dog thinks I am.” Ha! I’ve seen that one before and it’s a good goal for all of us. Since humans have proven themselves to be absolute failures as leaders and have thoroughly and completely screwed up government, perhaps it’s time to hand it over to dogs? How much worse could it be? Liberalism would mean extra treats. Conservatism would be conservation of energy while napping in the sun. Healthcare would mean that everybody gets to keep their veterinarian

  • Happy anniversary 5enses!

    Jan 6, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, NewsNo CommentsRead More »

    As of January 2014, 5enses is 1-year-old! To celebrate, some of our fabulous contributors and advertisers have donated wares for a contest. (Thank you, all, so much.) To enter, send your name and contact info to 5ensesmag@gmail.com along with the answer to the following question: What actor is mentioned by character or movie in every 2013 5enses guide? The contest is open to everyone — even people who contribute to the publication. Entries must be received by Feb. 1 to be entered in the prize drawing. The winners will be announced in the March issue of 5enses. Missing a few paper copies? All the guides are online here, at 5ensesMag.Com, here, as well as on ISSUU, here. Prizes are as follows: First Place: An autographed copy of Alan Dean Foster’s “Flinx Transcendent” (the last Pip & Flinx adventure); a goodie bag from The Art Store, a Prescott Farmers Market apron, and a $10 gift certificate to Snap Snap. Second Place: An autographed print by Jacques Laliberté, a free class via Prescott Arts Journey (formerly Textiles & Textures Artisans Studios), a Prescott Farmers Market T-shirt, and a $5 gift certificate to Snap Snap. Third Place: Autographed copies of Dale O’Dell’s “Cow Abductions!” 2014 calendar and “Actual Photos of UFOs,” a Prescott Farmers Market promotional item, and a $5 gift certificate to Snap Snap. Special thanks to The Art Store, Alan Dean

  • Happy hour at Focus 21 bar: My (out of body) experience at The Monroe Institute

    Jan 3, 14 • ndemarino • 5enses, Column4,666 CommentsRead More »

     By Dale O’Dell It was happy hour at the nearly empty Focus 21 bar. As I entered the elegant and darkened bar, a man opened huge, floor-to-ceiling drapes and the place flooded with light. It came from a spectacular nebula outside the wall-not-a-window, and it infused the room with a glow unlike anything I’d ever seen. I took a seat at the corner of the bar but the bartender stayed away; he knew I wasn’t there to drink. I was seeking answers and I’d only brought questions. Moments later, I engaged myself in conversation. This wasn’t an in-my-head conversation; it was a conversation with a little boy who’d materialized on the barstool next to me. That little boy was my 5-year-old self. As we talked, my younger self unraveled insights about things I’d forgotten about my childhood. Personal things. He said that since I’d brought questions, he’d brought knowledge. And he offered that knowledge because, after 50 years, I’d gained the experience necessary to understand the answers. Little Dale looked at my wrist and said, “I like your watch.” I’ve always collected watches, and I asked him if he’d like to have it. “No,” he said. Holding up his arms, watches on both wrists, he continued, “See?  I’ve already got two. They stopped a long time ago and besides, there’s no time in this place, anyway.” Finishing our conversation, he

  • Just picture it: A dispatch from Photoshop World

    Nov 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature1,172 CommentsRead More »

    By Dale O’Dell As we enter the third decade of the “digital revolution” of photography, we don’t have time to lament the loss of Kodachrome to the CMOS sensor, or cameras that have morphed into little more than computers with lenses or the smelly mystery of the chemical darkroom; we’re too busy shooting cell phone “selfies” and downloading the latest “junk shot” from Carlos Danger. Photography has been forever changed. One of the most profound changes in the digitalization of photography is the replacement of the darkroom by the computer. When it comes to “development” of pictures, all roads lead to the ubiquitous program known as Adobe Photoshop. So dominant has Photoshop become that there are numerous annual conventions, workshops, schools, and trade shows devoted to it. One of the big ones is Photoshop World, held every September at the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Each year I attend Photoshop World because it’s an opportunity to see the latest gadgets and keep abreast of current trends and technologies. It’s also a good excuse to go to Vegas where I can observe humans of every shape, color, and configuration gather for forced fun and hopeful debauchery. The ones carrying cameras were headed off to Photoshop World so I tagged along with Nicky Nikon, Maggie Megabyte, and Otto Focus, got my badge, and entered the exalted hall of The

  • The lights are on, but …

    Oct 1, 13 • ndemarino • 5enses, Feature19 CommentsRead More »

    Photos & story by Dale O’Dell I first photographed the lights in 1992. Back then, the viewing area was a picnic table on the side of Highway 90. I got good, clear pictures. Since ’92, scientists have studied the phenomena, more books and papers have been published, and technology has improved, so I returned. In July, I made another journey to Marfa (now a quasi-artist colony) and brought hi-tech equipment. I also did more research and was much more knowledgeable about possible light-sources such as the piezoelectric effect, heat refraction of light, etc. There’s a new viewing area where that picnic table used to be. It’s an elevated platform with free binoculars — they don’t even require a quarter to use. This time I set up digital cameras using night-vision, infrared and visible light with 300, 400 and 1000 mm lenses. All cameras pointed south, in the direction the lights appear, and I used the red lights of a distant radio tower as reference point. By sundown, a crowd of about thirty people gathered; a half-hour later the lights appeared and photography commenced. Earlier during the daylight I photographed a map and compass from the viewing area and determined that the mystery light area is due south. There are two highways (67 and 169) to the southwest of that area. The most recent book about the Marfa lights, “Mysteries of

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