Mountain Shrub, by Conor McClure
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Mountain Shrub

Today I am happy to introduce the return of the guest desktop series here on 50ft. Everyones favorite on again, off again set of posts here on the site where I reach out to other photographers around the world and convince them to share their amazing work with you guys through the art of digital wallpaper. I have the intention to start releasing these every couple of weeks here on the site and will start to be on the lookout for suitable new images to share.

I love this series because it gives me a chance to expand what I am able to offer here on the site photographically by offering others viewpoints on the world and expose great photographers to fresh eyes in the process. This time around I am happy to share an image by Conor McClure, a young James Dean looking fellow who has an admirable dedication to his growing personal site, a site I follow along with to keep up with the ambitions of this up and coming photographer. I was lucky enough to meet up with Conor for a while while in Boone, NC a few months back and had a nice time chatting for a while and hope to cross paths again sometime in the future.

I saw this shot pass through my RSS reader a couple of days ago and the thought suddenly occurred to me that I really should jump back into my guest post series, so here we are. In Conor’s words to me through email correspondence he had this to say about the photo seen above:

“The photo was made back in October 2013, so the story behind its creation escapes me. My girlfriend and I were hiking to the top of Beacon Heights, an overlook off of the Blue Ridge Parkway just outside of Boone, North Carolina — it’s considered an easy beginner’s hike for those looking for one of those typical scenic Blue Ridge views.

At this point, I was still in the honeymoon phase with my Fuji X100S, so I took it with me everywhere and took pictures of everything. The photo is a typical wide-open low-profile kind of shot, of what appears to be some unattractive dying plant. The post-processing is typical of most of my photos: the Fuji “Velvia” camera profile, some basic exposure edits, jacked up clarity and sharpness, and liberal amounts of hazing and fading in the curves.

It might be interesting to go back to this spot sometime soon and see if the flowers are in bloom this time.”

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