Monday, June 8, 2015

On Photography

The negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, and the print the performance. - Ansel Adams

While many of our pictures are in digital format today, there is still the relation between composer and the performer. Our cameras are the instrument, we are the composer and the images are the collaboration and the star of the show.

There are many different reasons for taking pictures. Some photographers spent thousands of dollars and as many hours looking for just the right shot, catching the light and trying to capture what their eyes behold.

I like to capture moments to relive them later. Memories of what we saw can fade with time, but when we see the pictures, they come alive again. It matters not whether it was the perfect shot or the highest quality, it triggers the senses.

Sometimes it is not what you are photographing as much as it is the feeling you get from looking at it. Something as simple as the way the light hits a tree, or plays with the shadows. I've been taking pictures since I was a kid, and this is only something I've learned in the last few years. 

There are many wonderful photographers who share their work online, and the one who has inspired me the most is the talented lady at The Smitten Image. I used to try and get as much into a picture as possible and now I know that sometimes less is more. Thanks Hilary!

These were all taken with my Canon Powershot SD1200.

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  1. I LOVE these!!!! I take pictures for the same reason. There is such a thrill having an amazing day and then reliving it through pictures later in the week. "Remember that? Oh look remember that?" And now that I am taking a painting course I have already used two of my pictures as painting subjects - yet another reason to take pictures!

    Yours are beautiful. My favorite is the last. I have those same plants right by our outside brick wall... that could be my back yard! The way you captured the shadow on the bricks really called out to me!

    1. In gearing up for my vacation, I neglected to get back here to respond. Those plants are Nandina, and it seems that almost everyone has some. As for the pictures, such a great way to preserve and share our memories.


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