OK. I have had enough of the winter weather. Here are some topiaries from the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Enjoy and think positive thoughts for Spring… 😉
Monthly Archives: March 2014
Prince Eric’s Castle, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
This week we chose leading lines as our theme. Not because we didn’t know what they are but more as a way to look critically at a composition while making the image. I think I sometimes work on an intuitive level because when I set out to purposefully create images with strong leading lines I found myself having difficulty. It wasn’t until I put that requirement into the back of my mind did the process return to normal for me. I didn’t forget about the assignment, it just wasn’t the only consideration.
I tried to capture some non-normal leading line images, at least for me. I know what I usually fall back on and was trying to break out of that mode. I also posted a pic a few days ago of the interior of the Boehlert Transportation Station in Utica, NY which would also work for this theme. I’m not sure I succeeded completely but I do like what I found…
This first image is from my exploring around the transportation station. This is the side of an old passenger car on display at the Children’s Museum next door to the station. I really liked the polish metal exterior with it strong lines and reflections. In this image the lines bring the eye completely through the view ending on the standout green lamp posts.
My second image is also from outside the transportation station. I was going for the row of bike racks and sidewalk lines pointing off into the distance. I got lucky with the people coming into the frame just outside the entrance door. Having the people in the frame provides two improvements to the image. They add a sense of scale as well as become the objects the lines are leading the eye to.
My last image is a little weaker or maybe less obvious as to the use of leading lines. I wanted to have the ‘shoreline’ lead the eye toward the rocks but I also have the out of frame bridge’s reflection pointing toward the small waterfall in the background. I was able to position the camera so the power line reflection connects with the shoreline and the bridge reflection. This one might be a stretch but I’ll wait for the official ruling… 😉
Wordless Wednesday: Anywhere but here…
This week’s theme is colors. It was a result of a blog post I saw on Tom McLaughlan’s Ministract site (Comacchio in colour). I’ve been a fan of Tom’s work since I found him on Google+ a few years ago. He was moderating the Ministract Monday theme and I was very eager to explore new genres. I contributed some images early on but then the whole daily theme concept faded for me as my explorations took other directions. I’m still a fan of his work…
I wish I could say my color exploring produced some wonderful images but that would be misleading. When I did have the time to explore I just couldn’t ‘see’ the colors. I’m sure they are still out there but this is what I came home with.
The first two images are from the Barge Canal at Lock 20. I knew I would be able to find some color there with the bold paint scheme that sticks in my head from numerous visits. The first is a simple padlock on a background of bright blue and yellow. The color isn’t so much the focus but a very bold compliment to the rusted, muted lock. The second image is about the out-of-place orange life preserver ring against the predominantly white and blue background.
This third image is a bit of a cheat! I took this in January as I was stuck inside playing with mirrors, flashes and my B&W game piece project. I wanted to do something with the crayons but never ended up processing the images. I took this opportunity to resurrect one of those images for this theme. It has nothing to do with my third image of a rainbow colored truck not turning out as I had hoped. Nothing to do with that at all… 😉