Linda Grashoff's Photography Adventures

Return of the Guardians

December 13, 2020

As promised, here are more photographs of posts holding up the guardrails on segments of the ring road around my community. Every second photograph is a crop of the previous photo.

































9 responses

  1. I love the “thin” crops, Linda. Nice work.

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    December 13, 2020 at 12:56 PM

    • Thanks, Ken. I’d say this is the end of the project, but time keeps changing the Guardians, so who knows.


      December 14, 2020 at 9:19 PM

  2. You may well be unique in making photo studies of these common yet normally overlooked objects. Do you know if anyone else has called them guardians?

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    December 13, 2020 at 12:59 PM

    • I really don’t know if anyone else has photographed guardrail posts, but if they have, I very much doubt they have called the objects Guardians. Thanks for writing, Steve.

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      December 14, 2020 at 9:21 PM

  3. Beautiful pictures, good idea! The tall, thin images in particular get to me – I’m a vast fan of this “vertical letterbox” format and to me it goes particularly well with these Guardian images. 🙂

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    December 15, 2020 at 6:09 AM

    • Thank you, Adrian. I’m glad you like them. This format is fun when it works. I’ll have to pay attention to other photographs that could benefit from it. I often see where an image can benefit from the horizontal version but don’t see it as often for the “vertical letterbox.”

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      December 15, 2020 at 8:13 AM

  4. I’m glad you noticed these details, photographed them, and then brought the collection together in this way. It’s a really good choice, the two frames, the different sizes. You handled the light beautifully, in every image. #3 is captivating, with that screw hanging off the side. The wood grain and colors in #9 are beautiful. Something about #13 gets to me – the high key look, the two screws, like eyes, balanced by the knot at the bottom. (And I think part of the appeal of some of these is the strong sunlight!) #15 is very strong. #17 makes me think of a Japanese print or painting – there’s a grace there that’s appealing. So many subtle colors in #18! I’m wishing that some of the enlargements were a little sharper and I think that’s WP, not you. #21, 23, and 25 are beautiful with their cool hues and would make a nice triptych. #30 and #32 appeal to me a lot, too. Way to make use of COVID time, Linda! 😉

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    December 16, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    • Thanks, Lynn. I’m glad you like the two sizes, but I think I was being foolishly consistent to think that every major photo needed a closeup. Your wishing for more sharpness is welcome; I will take it as justified and helpful criticism. It’s not WordPress’s fault. The focus and the interesting part of the major image did not coincide in every case, especially for the 21/22 pair. I wish now that I had not included every closeup. About #9 (and #s 1, 5, 7, 11, and 13): I liked seeing the raking light on the wood grain, but did not like the shadows cast by the washers, nuts, and bolts. But there was no way to get only the shadows I wanted. Still, I’m happy with this series. Thanks as always for your close attention, Lynn.

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      December 18, 2020 at 8:25 PM

      • I see what you mean about the focus being dependent on where you focused the camera. Once you began pairing the images it made sense to continue that – it’s easy to have regrets but I guess that’s the way we grow as long as we don’t get bogged down in beating ourselves up. I like those nut and bolt shadows! You can’t account for taste, right? 😉 Wouldn’t it be funny if you could say “Begone!” to a particular shadow in the field before you clicked the shutter? 🙂 I’m looking forward to seeing what else you find around the campus.

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        December 19, 2020 at 2:33 PM

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