May 2, 2017
Yesterday I resumed my search for photogenic dumpsters in Oberlin. I found a few.
This entry was posted on May 2, 2017 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Built Environment, Dumpsters and Trashcans, Objects and was tagged with abstract, chain, dumpster, Oberlin, photography, rust.
That’s a great image, Linda. It would be good without the chain, but with the chain it gains an additional dimension.
May 2, 2017 at 6:47 AM
Thank you, Andy. When I took the photo, I wished the chain weren’t there. After I downloaded it, I agreed with you. Funny how that happens to me a lot.
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May 2, 2017 at 9:13 AM
Sometimes we only see the gems we capture after the event. Images mature with time, someone once said, and I’m convinced that is true
May 2, 2017 at 1:03 PM
I like that idea, Andy. Sometimes, I think, I don’t see the whole picture through the viewfinder. When the image later appears on my computer screen, it’s enhanced from the viewfinder view. Sometimes it shows me flaws I wasn’t aware of on the small screen, and sometimes it shows me something a good deal more interesting.
May 2, 2017 at 2:03 PM
I confess I rarely look at the viewfinder to assess an image. First I would need to wear glasses to check its sharpness, and very often the light is too strong for me to properly see the image anyway. The back screen is only useful, I find to check the histogram for blown highlights
May 2, 2017 at 5:32 PM
Ah, the difficulties of communicating clearly. Sorry. I started out referring to looking through the viewfinder that I put up to my eye to frame the image. Then I launched into talking about the small screen, which I do look at to see if I’ve caught what I mean to catch. Even with both views of the scene it seems I often miss seeing what is around the edges—and, strangely, what is in the upper right corner— try as I might to be observant. During this last trip I looked at the histogram after every single shot and learned a few things. I think I’ve been routinely underexposing and relying on Lightroom to fix my mistakes.
May 2, 2017 at 8:32 PM
It’s not easy rolling one’s eye round the edges of the viewfinder either, especially if you don’t use a tripod.
May 3, 2017 at 4:16 AM
Thanks for universallizing my failing, Andy. It’s true that I rarely use a tripod, but when I do, I seem to spend more time checking out all the edges and details. I prefer what feels to me like freedom, though, in not using one.
May 3, 2017 at 9:45 AM
Sorry Linda – I was referring to ‘me’ when I mentioned tripods – I never use a tripod simply because I find it so restrictive, it becomes a barrier to creativity.
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May 4, 2017 at 3:07 AM
As far as I’m concerned, you can’t have too many chains in a photo!
May 2, 2017 at 8:12 AM
Glad you like this one, then, Ken. It was a strange chain. Just went from one part of the dumpster to another. Looked totally irrelevant to me, but then what do I know?
May 2, 2017 at 9:14 AM
Fine photo. There is a sunny brightness in this one, that suits ‘Spring’… (for me..)
May 3, 2017 at 6:18 AM
Thank you, Harrie. I like that: a spring dumpster!
May 3, 2017 at 9:46 AM
I wonder how long it will be before you’re stopped by a policeman who thinks there’s something suspicious about what you’re doing. Or has that happened already?
May 4, 2017 at 12:55 AM
It hasn’t happened yet, Alan. But I, too, keep wondering if it might. I was stopped by someone (not the police) when I was photographing dumpsters and puddles in an alley in Sarasota. Turns out the alley ran in back of a day-care center. The guy was very suspicious and really didn’t believe that I was photographing dumpsters and puddles.
May 4, 2017 at 9:14 AM
That sounds about right, and is one reason I’m very reticent about photographing around playgrounds. At a carnival once, I asked a guy in his thirties if I could take his picture because he was holding a big stuffed animal and the incongruity looked kind of humorous. A boy he was with grabbed it and wanted me to take his photo. That picture wasn’t half as interesting as the original one he interrupted, but I took it anyway even though I had no use for it. Later, the guy asked me to delete the boy’s photo which I was more than happy to do. That wasn’t enough though. He also reported me to a cop as a possible pedophiliac. The cop, fortunately, wasn’t nearly as paranoid.
May 4, 2017 at 5:19 PM
In this case, I couldn’t even tell that there was a day-care center on the other side of the high fence. Obviously the children were not outside then. Well, now I know. I’m glad you had a reasonable cop. Sheesh.
May 4, 2017 at 5:37 PM
Oh yes, this is beautiful. I love the contrast between the subject matter and the sweet, gentle colors.
May 6, 2017 at 4:47 PM
Thank you, Lynn. I think this page has received more Likes than any other I’ve posted—maybe in part because of that contrast.
May 6, 2017 at 8:25 PM
May 9, 2017 at 8:06 AM
Thank you, John!
May 9, 2017 at 8:30 AM
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