April 26, 2020
A few days ago I walked over to our grounds-keeping area. In the almost-four years I’ve lived in this community, I’d never done that. The natural areas also called to me.
This entry was posted on April 26, 2020 by Linda Grashoff. It was filed under Built Environment, Dumpsters and Trashcans, Leaves, Photography, Trees and was tagged with Kendal at Oberlin, pallet, rowboat, willow.
Nice walk! I vote for nr2! 🙂
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April 26, 2020 at 8:44 AM
Thanks, Harrie. Could you tell that it’s a dumpster?
April 29, 2020 at 11:04 AM
All wonderful but I will add my vote for number two as well. Your posts are always a real treat. This was no exception.
April 26, 2020 at 12:14 PM
Thank you, Michael. I was so happy to find a composition in the dumpster, one so close to home.
April 29, 2020 at 11:05 AM
I think I’m going to take the quote, “I was so happy to find a composition in the dumpster” and frame it.
April 29, 2020 at 11:15 AM
Oh, you made me laugh out loud, Michael. Thank you for doing that.
April 29, 2020 at 11:26 AM
Excellent set of images, Linda, especially #4. Nice work.
April 26, 2020 at 5:13 PM
Thanks, Ken. I’m pleased that you like them. I almost walked past the fence, weeds, and shadow of #4. It was startling to see them waiting there for me.
April 29, 2020 at 11:09 AM
#2 looks like it could be a painting in a modern art museum. I see other commenters have singled it out, too.
#3 makes me think I’m looking down onto the deck of a boat.
April 26, 2020 at 5:56 PM
Thanks, Steve. Dumpsters are such great sources of photographic pleasure for me. You’re close about #3. It’s an overturned row boat.
April 29, 2020 at 11:12 AM
Beautiful pictures, Linda – are you seeing differently yet? Here, numbers 1 to 4 really get to me – wonderful! 🙂
April 27, 2020 at 5:30 AM
Thank you, Adrian. Numbers 1 through 4 feel more creative to me. It’s hard for me to photograph nature in a way that adds anything to the nature. Still, I will continue trying. I am seeing—or thinking about seeing—a bit differently, but it’s not intuitive. I’ve been watching YouTube videos of Robert Rodriguez, Jr. critiquing other’s photos. He talks about how to direct the gaze of the viewer and the importance of depth. You may have noticed that my photos tend to have very little depth. Often—take #2, for example—I photograph a flat plane. I’m going to look for landscapes more often, at least for a while, and I’m going to be less shy about dodging and burning. Here’s a link to one of Rodriguez’s videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8vGkaKtSh4.
April 29, 2020 at 11:24 AM
Great stuff – and don’t forget to try selective focusing ie use the long end of your telephoto with the apeture wide open, close into the subject of the photo, so that the background is out of focus. Keep on keeping on!!! 🙂
April 30, 2020 at 2:10 AM
Will do, Adrian.
April 30, 2020 at 8:00 AM
It’s funny that you never thought to do that before, but you had places “in the beyond” you could go to. This was a good idea. The first photo is so striking, I love it. And what is the third? What is it??? The willow and stream are in wonderful light, almost glowing from within. And the final image, with that lovely selective focus, is full of hope and happiness, corny as that may sound. Have a good week, Linda!
April 27, 2020 at 4:54 PM
It is funny, isn’t it. The third photo (as I told Steve Schwartzman, above) is the bottom of a row boat. The final image was for you, Ms. Selective Focus. I’ll take your corny anytime. Hope you’re having a good week, given the circumstances. Thanks as always, Lynn.
April 29, 2020 at 11:30 AM
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