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Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Wednesday, March 31, 2010 9B As with many of his subjects, Michael Gunter&apos;s black and white sand dune photographs were captured at different times and in different formats. These pictures were taken in Death Valley. He took pictures of this high contrast landscape at sunrise and at sunset, using both his medium format camera and, later, his Nikon D700 digital. Gunter wrote that his photographs are a way of "honoring the landscape in which we live." Photos by Michael Gunter GUNTER, from page 1B "Looking at the final print, sometimes I feel again at the center. If not, I remember I was lucky enough to be there to see opportunity. I remem- ber that the gift of having a vision is among the greatest gifts of all. "I consider the significance of one of Ansel Adams' more personal statements about photography (and perhaps relevant to other aspects of our lives), 'Opportunity seizes upon the prepared mind.'" Essential to Gunter's work is visualization. He gets an image in his head, and it often has an idea behind it. "I started thinking about the time we have left with the environment," Gunter said. "I got very concerned about that." That idea gave rise to the "clock on the rock" picture. He started to see the place to photograph it in his mind, and then sought it out in the landscape. Gunter found the perfect spot at Hat Creek he said. He'd arranged the shot on one side of the river and was crossing the creek to the other side where his camera and tripod were set up when the log he was walking on broke. Gunter fell in and was washed downstream; his arm was broken. He made his way back up- stream, packed up his equip- ment, including the clock, and hiked out. The next week he came back and captured the shot. Gunter readily admits to having a diligent focus to his thought, imagination and re- sulting work. "It's very deter- mined," he said, "especially if there's a pre-visualization like the clock." Once he sees an image like the clock on the rock in his mind, he'll make multiple attempts to capture the image as a photograph. He said he'll often look at the photos he has taken and say, "This is not the place; this is not it," and he'll keep at it until he captures the image with its integrity alive. As much as he distrusts the contemporary "oversatu- rated digital market of fast- food photography," he has recently, out of necessity, turned to professional grade digital photography. Last summer, all of his medium format camera equipment was stolen from his car. It was irreplaceable. He called the incident, "unfortunate." A recent photo of Bodie, a ghost town in Mona County, shows he is making the new digital equipment work in the service of his vision. He wanted a composition with movement to it, he said, "to capture the snow in mid- flight so there's a secondary layer of texture. It gives an ob- scure kind of cold look to it." When asked for any Emal thoughts, Gunter returned to the idea behind the clock im- age, "It would be sad if these pictures of our area became a testament to what we lost. I worry about that when I'm out there taking the pictures." Michael Gunter's photo- graphy will show April 1-11, at Main Street Artists Gallery. A reception for the artist is scheduled April 2, 5- 8p.m. The gallery is at 436 Main St. in downtown Quincy and is open 11 a.m. - 5p.m. Thursday through Sunday. ,\\;; >i < Photographer Michael Gunter stands in front of some of his earlier black and white photographs, which hang along one wall of his living room. Photo by Linda Satchwell Sudoku Puzzle #1760-D ........ Difficult .... 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