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Photography => Nature => Topic started by: Ally on October 10, 2020, 07:48:36 pm

Title: Fall colors
Post by: Ally on October 10, 2020, 07:48:36 pm
These colors make me happy, hope they will cheer you up as too
Title: Re: Fall colors
Post by: Ally on October 10, 2020, 07:49:41 pm
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Post by: Ally on October 10, 2020, 07:53:29 pm
And more
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Post by: Dinusaur on October 10, 2020, 08:05:28 pm
They certainly cheer me up too; I just hope that Summer lingers a bit longer.
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Post by: Ally on October 10, 2020, 08:33:05 pm
Quote from: "Dinusaur"
They certainly cheer me up too; I just hope that Summer lingers a bit longer.
I'm glad.
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Post by: Shortsighted on October 11, 2020, 12:38:47 pm
I think that you learned to be keenly observant a long time ago and that admirable characteristic likely honed your artistic skills. Out in the field virtually anything might be a potential subject to photograph. The right kind of light and an artistic presentation is all you need once you have found a subject. You are in the field often enough to discover interesting subjects and these latest photos validate your chops at identifying the shapes, contours, textures and colours that matter to people. Most don’t see these things because they never learned how to observe and the photographer can deliver the essence of a subject for everyone to appreciate. When you are so focused on birds it’s hard to also be cognizant of other subjects. Look up and down and even behind you because there may be something of interest that you missed the first time due to perspective. Nothing wrong with bringing along a nice leaf and placing it in an interesting context defined by colour contrast or complementary shapes. A photo I took “Shards of Former Glory” contrasts the acute edges of a brittle leaf with the gentle contours of a tree stump.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-PpbGZ8r/0/9b27c590/M/i-PpbGZ8r-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-PpbGZ8r/A)
Shards of Former Glory

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-cbD6jkx/0/2fb2a10b/M/i-cbD6jkx-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-cbD6jkx/A)

I once placed a red leaf between a rock and a sharp place and then shot it with the sun blazing through the leaf. Another leaf transplant placed a red leaf overtop a green leaf (complementary colours).

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-7L9pGVk/0/01a683af/M/i-7L9pGVk-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-7L9pGVk/A)

Shooting entirely within the confines of the leaf make the surface of the leaf the whole subject as in a shot showing the dendritic veins within a red leaf, or a drop of water serving as a magnifier on a green leaf, called Hydro Inspection. A particularly large green leaf had a prominent (raised) spine that caught my attention for being so much above the plane of the rest of the leaf and also by it cutting across the lenticular pattern elsewhere.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-WbbjPXD/0/dd5c52d5/M/i-WbbjPXD-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-WbbjPXD/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-QN5hHJr/0/e633b7b2/M/i-QN5hHJr-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-QN5hHJr/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-h6Xq7QT/0/3e68344b/M/i-h6Xq7QT-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-h6Xq7QT/A)
Title: Re: Fall colors
Post by: Ally on October 11, 2020, 10:59:49 pm
That last photo reminds of cloth, because I just take up sewing. I know, girly.
Title: Re: Fall colors
Post by: Shortsighted on October 12, 2020, 12:24:22 pm
Ah yes, the fabric of life.

Form (shape) and contour are related themes and can be a source of fanciful delight when seen within the natural world because we narrow-mindedly associate geometry with man-made objects, yet the way atoms combine gives vent to finding a full spectrum of geometry in the way things grow, from plants to the inanimate world … the growth mineral crystals. It is certainly true that you will not likely see any cubic berries along the trail, or square leaves, but man-made objects with perfect right angles found in the midst of nature is not to be entirely overlooked.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-NwrJFJL/0/2e2191e7/M/i-NwrJFJL-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-NwrJFJL/A)

Patterns catch the eye for those primed to appreciate them. Some patterns are more captivating than others but are almost always worth a photographic record. Perspective sometimes comes into play when a pattern is repeated into the distance. An example, to my mind, should I claim to have one, might be seen in a picture that I took of a row of hay bales in a field as they stretched into the background and deviated from a straight line by a gentle curve. Pattern doesn’t need to be regular, although it usually is implied to be repetitious. A pattern may be chaotic, especially in nature, Mother Nature’s graffiti. The projection shadow of leaves onto a pond choked with Duckweed so that the opaque film holds the image of shadow and sunlight.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-mgVw5Cm/0/fc0bc685/M/i-mgVw5Cm-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-mgVw5Cm/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-24RPb3Q/0/7b7a1145/M/i-24RPb3Q-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-24RPb3Q/A)

The chaotic pattern of light and dark on the surface of agitated water is something we have all witnessed and ignored. Put a collection of Whirly-gigs into the water as the source of the disturbance and we have an example of a photo-worthy chaotic pattern.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-WVMcRBn/0/425fad94/M/i-WVMcRBn-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-WVMcRBn/A)

Some forms can create a diabolical tension either because tension is part of its existence, or because it is something that has been given ominous qualities by our culture, even when there is absolutely nothing foreboding about their creation. The tension of a thick rope knot gripping a branch that hangs from a tree and invites visitors to take a swing; or within the realm of the sinister, a leafless tree stretching into the distance with a dark gray sky as backdrop, as if reaching over the river Styx. Does it give you the creeps?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-WNRKF87/0/d6ba52a9/M/i-WNRKF87-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-WNRKF87/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-k4Fthx7/0/4803b7d1/M/i-k4Fthx7-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-k4Fthx7/A)

The unexpected may be worthy of a photograph. I came upon a fallen tree that crossed the trail and looks so out-of-place as to need capturing, if for nothing else than as a reminder. Sometimes you can create the unexpected with a prop, like placing a book on a particularly accommodating bracket fungus as in the Woodland Library.
Textures are everywhere and when the light strikes it at the right shallow angle the resultant shadows will highlight the effect, as in Elephant Bark. In a different way, the fluff of a carpet of seed parachutes has a soft quality that is enhanced by a soft shoe plowing through them.

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-fGwqqx9/0/c539ac5d/M/i-fGwqqx9-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-fGwqqx9/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-QJgdPHC/0/6631c676/M/i-QJgdPHC-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-QJgdPHC/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-8DDsRL2/0/c5d8e5a5/M/i-8DDsRL2-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-8DDsRL2/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-4KXXvcG/0/46efe171/M/i-4KXXvcG-M.jpg) (https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-358cgw/i-4KXXvcG/A)
Woodland Library
Title: Re: Fall colors
Post by: Ally on October 12, 2020, 01:08:34 pm
From now on, I'm going to call you artist. Love bale out, whirly gigs, that barren tree in the sky is so intriguing, and shorts in the snow? Typical Canadian!
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Post by: Shortsighted on October 12, 2020, 03:34:32 pm
You missed the point.
It's not snow.
The fluff on the ground and surrounding the soft shoes is
seed fluff accumulated to the point of full coverage. My
point was that the fluff was interesting to look at but
difficult to photograph without also having a point of
reference in the frame, such as a soft shoe, although
not quite as soft as the fluff.
It's not art ... it's a fluff piece.
Title: Re: Fall colors
Post by: Charline on December 12, 2020, 08:11:31 pm
Shortsighted, you are an artist indeed.

Let me give it a try too. https://charline.pixels.com/featured/waning-crescent-moon-in-autumn-charline-xia.html (https://charline.pixels.com/featured/waning-crescent-moon-in-autumn-charline-xia.html)
Title: Re: Fall colors
Post by: Shortsighted on December 13, 2020, 02:51:38 pm
 I suspect that you have been “giving it a try” for quite some time, even though your technique shows a continuing classical approach to photography. We all start there, regardless of the medium adopted. Your subject selection, while classic, shows youthfulness and is therefore refreshing and energetic. You are clearly motivated by colour and you appreciate lines of flow and compositional space. These things are hard to teach. You either have it or you don’t. You can teach someone to play an instrument, to greater or minor extent, but you cannot teach how to be a superb musician. There must be a primordial spark that fuels an understanding of the fine art and there is heat in your work.
I’ve always thought how unfair it is that young artists are very creative and productive, driven to create, whether through joy or despair, usually the latter, and that those essential propellants diminish with ooze to supplementary age. Life experiences contributes complexity and nuance at the very time when energy and creativity are waning. I find that people who read avidly, particularly readers of 19th century literature, are especially sensitive to artistic expression and understand the value of nuance. Sadly, most people are blind to that nuance but once it becomes part of your psyche you would feel profoundly impoverished without it. There is so little shared delight in fine art that being entrenched in its creation and appreciation is like peeing down your leg. You think, passionately feel that it is really hot stuff but no one else sees it that way. The artist continues to pee regardless of the offense to the ignorant.
You have superb tools at your disposal. Fine glass and large sensor. Stuff I could only dream of. You seem to get around to interesting locations. Stuff I have learned not to dream of. There is a subject almost anywhere but travel does help, especially if you can stay long enough to be at the right place at the right time. You have patience. I’m jealous! I wish you well.
Title: Re: Fall colors
Post by: Charline on December 14, 2020, 11:20:02 pm
SS, thanks a lot for your kind comments and musing. Just you know, the truth is out there.... :)