Archive for March, 2014

The reason I like your shoot and quote challenges is that they often offer me an opportunity to think outside of the box. The challenge asks for the sources of our inspiration. There are plenty of answers to that question — everything from beauty, to grace, to patterns, to symmetry, to humor, to pathos, to joy, to the unexpected juxtaposition and on and on and on. It is pretty easy for me to find things to photograph.

One of my many sources of inspiration is the one demonstrated here — it is the ability that the digital darkroom offers me to take a photograph and use it as the beginning of a flight of fantasy with more than a dollop of whimsy. Thus it is both the photo and the power of the software tools at hand that together make one of the sources of inspiration for my photography and my contribution to Ese’ s Weekly Shoot & Quote Challenge – Inspiration.

Filter Forge Flower 2

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.

~ Augustus Hare

Purple is one of those colors that I have often had a hard time with. By this I mean that a color that I might think of as purple other’s might think of as a blue or a pink. In the interest of presenting evidence of my honest confusion, here are four photos of flowers (one with considerable whimsy) in “The Color(s) Purple” for Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge. The first photo is from a neighbors’ garden; the next three are from our garden (all taken in Maple Bluff, Wisconsin where we still await a true warm spell).

The Colors of Purple2 The Colors of Purple3 The Colors of Purple4

The Colors of Purple1

This is a photo of our dogs Cookie (the dog in front, referred to as “the Flying Dog” because of her ears) and Cronkite romping at an area dog park and is my second submission for this week’s A Word A Week Photo Challenge: Run.

Cookie - The Flying Dog2

A dog on the run is my contribution to this week’s Word a Week Photo Challenge: Run.

Run

We have finally had a few warmish days (hooray!) that are making clear the promise of an end to a long and bitterly cold winter here in the North Central U.S. In celebration of the impending arrival of spring and as my entry for the Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside, here is a peek inside of a tulip.

Inside a Tulip

Perspective is critical in photography for lots of reasons. Most critically, it is how you tell your story. The name of this blog, Points-of-View, could easily be translated as “perspectives.”

Below is a photo of part of a light that hangs outside of the garage at my father-in-law’s home in Minot, North Dakota. To most people, a casual glance at the photo doesn’t seem to show much that is very interesting.

Dragonfly on Light - 33 - July 04, 2012 (6x4 - Perspective)

If you were to have been where I was when I was photographing this garage light, you might have known that the garage light had a secret that could be better shown by a slight adjustment in my perspective (moving down and to the right, as well as zooming in a bit). Fortunately, it was a nearly windless day and nothing at all moved on to or off of the lamp as I changed my perspective to give another take on the light or rather …

Dragonfly on Light - 12 - July 04, 2012 (4x6)

the dragonfly resting on it. Sorry about the title of this post. If you only saw a garage light and not the dragonfly it might have been because the title “primed the pump” that is your mind. In other words, you were told to expect to see a garage light and that is all you looked for or saw. This is something to discuss at another time, but it is fascinating stuff.

Another way to change perspective is through the use of the tools of the digital tool box. Obviously cropping is one of the more important tools readily available to photographers. Other tools can be used to change, for good or ill, the look of one’s photo. The following is an example of how the use of filters (in this case software filters from Tiffen’s Dfx 3 collection) can change the mood, and thus the perspective of a photo.

Dragonfly on Light - 12 - July 04, 2012 (4x6) copy

Computer problems have made it a challenge to post anything for the past couple of weeks and continue to plague me as my machine is being repaired.  Everything is backed up but a totally disrupted workflow has made doing everything hard and finding anything tricky (without Lightroom)!

Here is a very traditional example of framing and is my entry for the Word a Week Challenge – Frame. The photo is of the Lone Cypress which can be found near Pebble Beach just off of the spectacularly beautiful 17 Mile Drive on the Monterrey Peninsula in California.

The Lone Cypress