April 13, 2018
This entry was posted on April 13, 2018 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Ice, Shale and was tagged with ice, nature, Northern Ohio, photography, river shore, Schoepfle Garden, Vermilion River.
This one has an ancient quality to it.
April 13, 2018 at 12:33 PM
Hm. Rocks are ancient. But what did you have in mind? Could you tell that this is more of that fractured ice?
April 13, 2018 at 2:05 PM
I see what Alan sees. It looks like a form of fossilized rock, but I don’t think there really are fossils on the surface. A great shot.
April 13, 2018 at 7:10 PM
Thank you, Ken. There are fossils that show up in the shale surface, mostly on the other side of the river. They are the broken stalks, sheered crosswise, of crinoids. They look like penny-size circles. But, no, there are no fossils in this photograph.
April 13, 2018 at 7:59 PM
I like it too! 🙂 If it wasn’t shown with other photos of fractured ice, I might not be sure that’s what it is. It almost looks like something someone made, a drawing, a relief of some kind. A view from a plane, but not quite. It’s the “not quite” that keeps it fresh. And it doesn’t hurt that the composition, colors, etc. are all so good.
April 13, 2018 at 9:32 PM
Thanks, Lynn. I was hoping that the placement of this photograph would make it a bit more understandable. I’m glad that worked for you. I think if I see something like this again (“something like this” interpreted broadly), I’ll take a more environmental shot, too, and post them both. I really should do that more often, maybe especially with the dumpsters. People don’t know what they’re looking at when they see those photographs. In a way, I don’t want them to, so I won’t do it every time. I don’t want people to think about dumpsters as much as I want them to see abstract beauty.
April 14, 2018 at 11:27 AM
I encourage you to post the environmental shot along with your keepers, Linda. I do the same with my “Location link” — when I don’t forget — in the hopes that others would do the same. Seeing the wider scene that the photographer encountered can give one a greater appreciation for the image(s) that resulted and the aesthetic decisions behind them.
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April 14, 2018 at 9:12 PM
First I will have to train myself to take such photographs. Thanks for your thoughts on this, Alan. I think labeling them as contextual photographs may help me. Such a label would be like an apology (an excuse?) for me, because I almost always take better photographs of details than of the larger picture. I would want to be forgiven for what is certain to be a boring photograph.
April 15, 2018 at 11:39 AM
Yes, I feel the same way, and that’s why I identify the contextual shot as a “Location link” separate from my image gallery. No need to make it a particularly good photograph because it’s just for background information purposes. In fact, the first few times I did it, I relied on Google Street View for the picture 🙂 I realized soon enough though that it wasn’t especially helpful because the season was usually wrong, and the built environment had also changed.
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April 15, 2018 at 12:23 PM
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