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Montana, big sky country

June 29th, 2010

I took this shot at a little motel were we spent the night in Drummont, Montana.

Nikon D300S, 10mm Sigma, cpl.

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Comments from the Community

Posted By: Thomatis
about 13 years, 11 months ago
From time to time,words fail me.
Posted By: poldoccione
about 13 years, 11 months ago
fits perfectly how i feel now. Great.
Posted By: glaxotesm
about 13 years, 11 months ago
just amazing.. that's all I can say
Posted By: Travis McGough
about 13 years, 11 months ago
That is a cool picture! Great job a.ekna
Posted By: nbocch
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Voted for this I think! Love shots of some Americana
Posted By: John Horne
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Posted By: brizkit
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Easy on the drama, guys. I've camped in western Montana. As cool as this shot is, I think a hair more foreground creativity might have given this thing a little more "wow" factor. The title gives us a mental cue to think big, but as is, this photo could be Anytown, USA.
This comment is rated: immature
Posted By: ElectrikLizard
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Now that's what I call Wallpaper !

Magnificent .....
Posted By: WhiteDog
about 13 years, 11 months ago
What bothers me most in this picture is the vignetting at the corners. This can be fixed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, and should have been - that's assuming it wasn't added intentionally. Having lived in the mid-west United States, I agree with brizkit that a similar image (absent the motel sign) could have been taken almost anywhere in the US and, indeed, almost anywhere outside the US. Though the motel sign offers some prosaic context, it doesn't provide any real sense of scale. And while Montana prides itself on being Big Sky Country, given the worldwide audience of this web site, the boast appears particularly parochial and ethnocentric. Seemingly limitless horizons can be observed as close (to Montana) as Alberta Canada and as far away as the Australian outback and the high plains of Mongolia.

I don't make a habit of ragging on photos here because very often the issues they raise are primarily matters of taste and preference for viewers, but this picture is particularly irksome to me on almost every level. I just couldn't let it slide.
Posted By: MrPacMan36
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Great photo, love the vignette.
Posted By: G-Lens
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Regarding the comments of both "brizkit" and yourself "WhiteDog" all I have to say is the following. "foreground creativity" hmmm ... what if there wasn't anything in the foreground to be creative with? It is "big sky country". The "Sky Motel" sign in the foreground, the "big sky" in the background. It works for me. If he had lowered the shot we would have lost the big sky and he probably would have had to re-title the shot "rusty sign poles in front of dilapidated motel with rusty old trucks". Now there's some "wow factor". As for the comment -
"a similar image (absent the motel sign) could have been taken almost anywhere in the US", well the sign wasn't absent so what's your point? What did you want, a "Welcome to Montana" sign in the shot to help you better understand? Or maybe a mountain range easily identifiable as a "Montana Mountain"? Besides, in Montana at every point, in every direction, there isn't always a visible mountain range. As for - "the boast appears particularly parochial and ethnocentric", I wasn't impressed by your parochial and ethnocentric remarks. Last but not least let me borrow one of your own remarks to sum up my feelings about the nonsense you wrote which I was suppose to find enlightening. It is "irksome to me on almost every level. I just couldn't let it slide"
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Posted By: Tel Me Later
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Although my personal tastes in pictures lie elsewhere, I have to applaud the execution of this picture. The saturation and contrast of the image are highly evocative of a particular time. The corrosion on the sign and its appearance of being a bit worn out tell a very simple yet engaging story of having seen better days.

Most importantly this picture works very well as a wallpaper, particularly for Windows which defaults to placing its icons on the left. There's plenty of relatively low contrast areas in the picture for icons and the 'busy' part of the picture is well constrained for user focus without getting in the way of the use of their computer.

All in all, an excellent submission (whether or not I prefer sunsets or landscapes!).
Posted By: King_Belleauh
about 13 years, 11 months ago
boring sky is boring
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Posted By: Naish
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Checking in immediately - thanks!
Posted By: ShutterDazzle
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Love the vintage effect! Totally awesome.
Posted By: Geosim
about 13 years, 11 months ago
I normally agree with most of your posts brizkit, and always find them insightful, but I think I will have to disagree with you on this one. The same goes for WhiteDog - I think you're really over-thinking things here. That rant seemed to have very little to do with this picture itself; try putting away the thesaurus for a moment and look at the photo for what it it, instead of concentrating too much on the subtext. Does it really matter whether it was taken in Canada, Australia, or Mongolia? It certainly doesn't to me - it would still be the same photo, wouldn't it? I guess I don't really understand where you're coming from with that criticism.

Personally, I really enjoy the simplicity of this photo, and feel that quality would be ruined with anything else in it. That's the beauty of photography - put 5 different people in the same spot with the same camera, and the chances are you'll get 5 very different photos. There's no right or wrong way to take photographs, so please try to resist the temptation to come here and say that the way one person does it is wrong, because it's not.
This comment is rated: insightful
Posted By: alexstrohl
about 13 years, 11 months ago
hey guys don't get mad!
the vignetting is intended
and if i'd included some of the "floor" it will lost all the power of the sky and the sign together
if you want some more Montana, check this on my gallery

thanks for the comments
Posted By: jey
about 13 years, 11 months ago
Great photo! I think a night time photo would be nice, with the neon lights against the dark sky. Keep up the good work
Posted By: jmuellr10
about 13 years, 10 months ago
Great photo!!! The only problem this spelling is actually Drummond. I'm from about 40 miles away from this sign.
Posted By: jcphoenix
about 13 years, 5 months ago
There's a feeling that the colors in this piece evoke for me...just a rush of nostalgia and possibility all at the same time. I love that we don't see anything but sky around the Sky Motel. The picture almost feels symbolic to me of an afterlife.

I've been getting pictures from InterfaceLift for years as my wallpapers; they generally switch once a month or so. I haven't changed this image (in glorious 2560x1440) since I first used it as my wallpaper several months ago.

Of all the wallpapers on InterfaceLift (and I've went through every one), this is without a doubt, my favourite. There's just a hint of a story here but it doesn't tether the viewer down to a concrete reading. It just feels...limitless. I've sat and stared at this wallpaper occasionally and I find it helps direct my me into a more creative mood.

Oh and by the way: listening to the ethereal soundtrack from Mysterious Skin with this image staring back at me just feels blissful.
Posted By: alexstrohl
about 13 years, 4 months ago
thanks for those words jcphoenix, motivating!
thanks for those words jcphoenix, motivating!
thanks for those words jcphoenix, motivating!

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