A Second Look

One of the advantages of digital photography is that it is easy to take a lot of pictures. One of the dangers of digital photography is that it is easy to take a lot of pictures; sometimes short-changing the thought that should go into a picture. I try to take pictures that catch what I am thinking/feeling about my subject. Unfortunately the result isn’t always what I was hoping for.

When I look at my pictures on my computer and large monitor I go through them several times. On my first pass I delete the photos that are below the technical standards I try to uphold. During the second pass, I do some cropping and minor adjustments to exposure, color, and contrast. I also do some deleting of images that don’t convey a sense of what I was trying to communicate with the photo. The third time through I export copies of pictures that I want to share to files for printing and/or posting on Word Press. Occasionally I have photos that I am not sure about or for which I have mixed feelings. I save those for a later “second look”; seeing if time makes me think differently – for better or worse – about the photo.

Today’s photo is one I recently shared on this photoblog. At the time I felt like sharing the picture (to show what can still be seen in early Winter in Michigan), even though I had mixed feelings about its lasting value. I printed an 8 x 10 of the photo. I set it where I would see it often and the photo grew on me and took on a life and beauty that I hadn’t felt earlier. The cropping, contrast, and simple beauty of weathered wood on a collapsing building was what I felt when taking the image and now I could see and feel it in the photo.

I guess what I hope to convey is to be slow to use the button for your camera’s shutter and slow to delete images that might yet connect with you. Maybe you might want to take a second look at some of your own work. I invite you to take a second look at today’s photograph – preferably on a large screen – and see how the image might speak to you today. I would love to hear your thoughts about what made this image a “keeper” for you or what might cause you to want to delete it.

2 Knots, 3 Nails

2 Knots, 3 Nails

Calendar Girl

The last couple of years I have made photo calendars for our three “boys” (and their families), my mom, and our home. The project takes a bit of work as not every picture taken in a 2 x 3 format (the ratio of the image for most cameras) works in a 1 x 1 format (12″ square) for calendars. I eventually settled on these 13 photos; a cover and a picture for every month. Following all the pictures on this post, I have included a brief explanation of the how and/or why of the photos that I included with the calendars. Does this project make me a calendar girl? 🙂

Cover

Cover

January

February

March
April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December
Cover is an early morning shadow selfie

January was shot in our garden in June. The dark background is the shaded pine tree east of the garden. I selected a rose for Rose Bowl month.

February was shot at the Toledo Zoo in September. I put flamingos with February because I thought they had a Valentine’s Day look to them.

March is a tight close-up of a tulip in Holland, Mi.

April was shot in the botanical gardens in Naples, Florida. The lubber is about 4-inches long and caught my eye as a bit of a shock (having never see one before). The early morning light added a bit of drama to the image.

May was taken in an ancient Mayan village in Cozumel, Mexico. He was one of many roaming the rocks and ruins.

June was taken in our garden. I was coming up our walk and saw the frog gently perched on the daisy. I got my camera and took a few shots while the frog posed.

July was also taken at the Toledo Zoo. I bent over the restraining fence to put my camera lens through one of the gaps in the chain link fence and used a narrow field of focus to somewhat erase the chain link fence behind the eagle.

August was a midday shot from our garden.

September was taken at a Michigan State University bird sanctuary north of Battle Creek. The swan stopped to preen right underneath a footbridge I was crossing. The sanctuary also had trumpeter swans and a black swan.

October was captured along a dirt road 10-12 miles south of our condo.

November was shot just west of Spring arbor on M-60.

December was from a very early morning shoot on a cold Fall morning, The frost was just starting to melt. I picked it for December because of its colors.

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