Friday, March 30, 2012

Door County Cherries

Door County Cherries

I had been wanting to photograph cherries all the while we were in the county.  I wanted a graphic for my slides of "low hanging fruit".  I finally found a nice orchard right by the road.  Kate said that many of the cars passing by seemed fascinating by my photographic expedition.  We tried to buy some pie cherries at the farm stands, but they weren't quite ready.  So we just bought a pie.  Hmmmmmm.
Door County, Wisconsin
July 2006
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Have a Seat

Have a Seat

I was on an early morning walk along the Fox River at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, Illinois.  I took a trail that was not as well-trampled as the one I was on.  A few yards further I saw this.  I have no clue. 
December 2005  
Along the Lincoln Highway
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rocket Park

Rocket Park

Before I began my Alabama and Mississippi seminar swing, I got to Huntsville, Alabama early and visited the US Space and Rocket Center.  I mean, they had a Saturn V rocket!  You can't beat that.
January 2009

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Sometimes the rule of thirds just doesn't work

I beat the drum a lot about the Rule of Thirds (ROT).  I teach it in my classes, I evaluate pictures based on it, and it guides my own photography.  I recently took a picture of a Redbud tree with a Wild Turkey in the blurred background and found that ROT didn't work.  Instead, the original, centered picture did.

Below is the picture straight out of the camera

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And here is the imaged cropped to put the turkey in a more ROT location.

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When I cropped to the second version, it just didn't feel right.  I preferred the first, uncropped version.  It's really a matter of taste, but for some reason, I preferred the first picture. Why?

I have three guesses:

1.  By leaving it uncropped, I left the branches on the left.  They provide framing of the turkey which is mirrored on the right and which together form kind of a triangle around the turkey.

2.  The second picture lets the Redbud branch extend all the way to the end.  I wonder if, by cutting it off, a feeling of incompleteness is created.

3.  I have the impression that the cropped version is a little more crowded.  I get an almost claustrophobic feeling when looking at the second picture.

When you talk about the Rule of Thirds, it's not about magically placing the subject in a position offset from the center.  It's about evaluating the picture to see what can be eliminated.  Where is the wasted space?  How can more balance be achieved?  In other words, forcing yourself to critically examine the picture.

In most pictures where the subject is centered, there is some wasted space in the picture.  Moving the subject off-center by eliminating that worthless real estate will usually improve the picture.  But when I did so in this instance, I found that there really wasn't any wasted space and the first image was, to me, more agreeable.

Your mileage may vary.

Jim Frazier
March 24, 2012

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Friday, March 23, 2012

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge
September, 2004
San Francisco, California
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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Lines Angles Pipes Braces Girders Tracks Concrete

Lines Angles Pipes Braces Girders Tracks Concrete

Industrial area
Rochelle, Illinois
September 7,2008

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Killdeer

Killdeer

Cantigny Park, Wheaton, Illinois
June 2009

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

BNSF In Fog

BNSF In Fog

December 2007
Memphis, Tennessee
About to cross the Mississippi River
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Monday, March 19, 2012

Missed it by THAT much

Missed it by THAT much

I was going for a Geneva Metra-Henge shot.  The sun DID set in alignment with the tracks, but all that junk on the horizon was in the way.  But this one turned out OK.

Metra Station
Geneva, Illinois
March 2011

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Where there is sadness joy

Where there is sadness joy

This statue of St. Francis is in the cemetery where my Mom is.  Every time we visit, I just marvel at the statue and how utterly delightful it is, particularly in the setting (it's a nice cemetery).  I always leave feeling pretty good.  Since I've gotten into photography, I finally have a way of "embracing" this statue in a more satisfying way.  It's at the SS Peter and Paul Cemetery in Naperville, Illinois.  The artist's name is engraved on the side, but it's virtually unreadable - I'm guessing it's FC Gaylord.  He or she certainly deserves credit for a wonderful sculpture.  Also  to the Wood family who commissioned it. 
September 2005
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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Spanish Moss on Pintail Lake Trail C

Spanish Moss on Pintail Lake Trail C

At Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge.  This was about 50 feet from the Rio Grande River.  One of the best birding locations in the US.
Alamo, Texas
March 2006
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