Patti is our host this week for the Lens-Artist photo challenge, and she posts a good tutorial on framing your shots so that the subject is treated with the importance it deserves. How does framing make a difference? Consider:
If this is a shot of two people engaged in conversation about the land, getting a lot of land in the picture might be important. But this also has a truck bumper, distant telephone poles, and other distractions. How about this? You still get the feeling that they’re working on the land, but now it’s about their interaction.
Photographing a monarch in its habitat can be scaled down to photographing a monarch at its food source.
The petals of a fringed gentian make it distinct from other gentian varieties. Why not make that the focus of the photo?
And finally, even if giving a small portion of the subject a full frame might make the object unrecognizable, creating an abstract might make a better shot.
Experimenting with framing opens up new possibilities for making photos more dramatic. Thanks for the tip, Patti!
Tina at Travels and Trifles hosts this week’s challenge with an invitation for us to pick a place to which we’ve traveled and feature it in our post.
I have not traveled abroad since the death of my husband 11 years ago, but I have done a bit of traveling throughout the western portion of the United States. I am particularly fascinated by canyon country, places where the geology of the place takes center stage an overwhelms the senses, leaving you awestruck.
“When your spirit cries for peace, come to a world of canyons deep in the old land, feel the exultation of high plateaus, the strength of moving waters, the simplicity of sand and grass, the silence of growth.” — August Frugé
“Should you shield the canyons from the windstorms you would never see the true beauty of their carvings.” —
“Beauty in front of me, Beauty behind me,
Beauty Above me, Beauty below me,
Beauty all around me,
I walk in Beauty…” — Navaho prayer
Amy starts out this week’s challenge with:
This week the photo challenge is about the countryside and/or small towns.
“Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere;
and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself” –author unknown
Here in the Midwest, small towns are often found along the shores of the numerous lakes.
Sometimes you will find a really BIG town on the shores of these lakes, too!
Being from a small town is nothing to be ashamed of. Even if the town’s name is Embarrass…
French fur traders found it difficult to float logs down the meandering river that runs by this town. They would create log jams, hindering the flow of timber to its destination. “Embarrass” in French means “block or hinder”. The Embarrass River and the town of Embarrass is not hiding a dark scandal, after all.
Small towns that can sustain their small populations are wonderful models of the future, not simply relics of the past. Putting humans on the landscape while paying close attention to scale and carrying capacity is a challenge that must be addressed if our species is to survive much longer on this planet.
Ann-Christine finds Magic in her garden and invites us to share the magic in our lives.
This is something I have to ponder. I tend not to believe in magic. I am in awe and wonder of the natural and suspicious of what others call “supernatural”. However, the dictionary gives me a second definition that I certainly can embrace:
“beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life”
So here’s a gallery of some of the most beautiful and delightful moments of my life. Enjoy!