Thursday, May 31, 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 6/1: Rule of Space

The Rule of Space says that you will create a more pleasing image 
by giving the subject space in which to move. 

This post is set to autopost since I will not be around today,
if the linky doesn't show up,
you can leave your link in comments
and I will update them when I am back.

Unrelated photos will be removed.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Spotlight Photos - Handmade

Great topic -- and thanks to everyone who submitted on the day before a long weekend, caught in the preparations for Memorial Day cookouts etc.

BUTLER:  You do realize, Mark, my patriotically near-sighted friend, that almost 50% of our submissions come from outside the United States so the long weekend comment does not apply in many cases. 

Sorry.  I guess I was mostly thinking of myself since I've been running around like crazy trying to take care of many things and the Memorial Weekend seemed to overwhelm me.

BAGMAN:  "Everything overwhelms you, Dude!"

Anyhow, what I liked most about our "Handmade" theme was how so many people personalized it -- showing the artists and crafters as well as their work.

And Ann who gave us step-by-step instructions on how to make Yo-Yo disks.

At this point, I almost thought I might try it!
"I can cut paper," I said to myself.
Then she mentioned "gathers" and I became lost.

Queenmother showed us the artists along with their work.
Susan Christensen's bicycles

JarieLyn gave us this artist
There were many shots of him working, and his work
but I liked the concentration on his face.

Yes, I think garden's qualify as handmade wonders!

Dawn Treader introduced us to the wonderful woodcarvings
Uno Axelsson who did 250 carvings between the ages of 52 and 80.
(There's hope for us old farts yet!)

And thanks for the votes to include my own submission in the spotlight.  But I think I'll pass this time around.  

Next week's theme is "Applying the rule of space in your photo."  

"To infinity and beyond!"   Buzz Lightyear.

BUTLER: "Not that kind of space, Mark.  You've been watching Toy Story movies too much."

"You are right," I respond. "I'm sure that we will all get approach this subject with gravity."

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 5/26: Made by Hand

Made by Hand in Your Town

 Fourth Generation baker, Aaron Haegele, 
sugars donuts in the family bakery in Philadelphia, PA.

I think this theme should 
provide a lot of interesting variety!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Spotlight Photos - Fences and Gates

Caught like a deer in headlights!

Playing catch up this morning and trying to get the Spotlight out while typing with one hand and holding Kay on my lap with the other, I was almost hoping for a small turnout on Friday...

21 Posts -- a new record since I've been doing this.  And two newcomers to boot!  Oh boy!!

So much to choose from!  I'm almost tempted to break my 6 picture rule (completely arbitrary anyhow) and spotlight 21 pictures. 


Newcomers first!

Tanya's "Going for the left field fence"

It was also a treat for me to discover this blog since I spent twelve years of my life living in Roanoke -- (actually Salem, a kind of attachment to the city)...

Tayet's fence-eating tree
(a reminder that you can't fence out nature forever)

Loredena's fence made from flowers

And from some of our long-term regulars:

Jama's elegant simplicity

Kim's Sea Fence

Dawn Treader's Lock and Chain

 There were just so many others that could have fit here as well!

Next week is Handmade things, or something like that...

Kay is getting squirmy and I have to fix a bottle so time to go...Sorry I didn't have a chance to link up everything...

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out for 5/18: Gates and Fences

Gates and Fences 

They can be practical 
or decorative. 
Let's show them in their best light!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Spotlight Photos - Silhouettes

Has anyone noticed that we are all becoming better photographers over time?  

BUTLER: "Not to mention that you have finally learned to spell 'silhouette' without having to look it up."

Score one for the concept of lifelong learning.

It's great to see Doreen back! 

Doreen's romantic sunset

And two least they are new to me.  I apologize if they used to be weekly contributors in the past and I just wasn't paying close enough attention.  

(1) Barb's not-so-romantic cowboy nose

I was also impressed by Barb's interactive blog design where you can look at her pictures in a variety of ways.  I think Bagman is still playing with it.

(2) Suzy's light-dark-light-dark sunset

Plus some great shots from some of our most prolific contributors --

Pauline's Ponga Tree

Jama's Spectacular Spinners Shot

Ginger's Perfectly Framed Ocean
(She's even given it a digital matte!)

I really want to thank you all for allowing me to be your Spotlight Editor.  Getting to look at everyone's pictures every week; it's the best job in the world!

And next week we have "Gates and Fences".   So grab your cameras, saddle up, and let's all lift our voices and join Cole Porter in a rousing rendition of:

"Oh, give me land, lots of land, under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride thru the wide-open country that I love
Don't fence me in
Let me be by myself in the evening breeze
Listen to the murmur of the cottonwood trees
Send me off forever, but I ask you please
Don't fence me in"

BUTLER: "Excuse me, Mark, but that's the opposite of the theme.  If nobody was fenced in, there's be nothing to shoot."

"Yes," I reply, "but Mending Wall by Robert Frost is harder to dance to."

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Friday My Town Shoot Out May 11: Silhouette

Our theme this week is Silhouetted. 
When you shoot your camera toward a bright light 
it will expose for that light. 
This will leave other objects in the photo underexposed, often appearing black. 
By placing your subject between the light and the camera 
you will create a silhouette.

If you have a future topic you would like to suggest, 
please leave your suggestion in a comment. 
We will add them to our calendar.

And take a moment to answer our new poll question
in the sidebar.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Tutorial: The Rule of Space

I know how much we all love rules. ;) 
But by understanding photography rules 
you will improve your photo composition. 
And once you master the rules 
you'll know when to break them and why. 
(I think our group loves breaking the rules.)

When you take a photo of a person or animal, 
(and even inanimate moving objects,)
The Rule of Space says that you will create a more pleasing image 
by giving the subject space in which to move. 

A red ridinghood passing through the park brings a bright spot to the scene.

Above: Allowing space into which  the woman can walk.

It all begins with taking note 
of the direction the subject is facing 
and putting space in front to the subject.

Above: Allowing space into which the bird can fly.

Above: Allowing space into which the eyes gaze.

Above: Allowing space into which the boat can sail.

Here is another tutorial on the topic
and suggestions on when to break the rule if you really feel you must!

Can you think of another rule that we have discussed that 
would help you achieve The Rule of Space?

The Rule of Space is one of our prompts in June.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Spotlight Photos - Transportation

I  do have a basic belief in Democracy despite my sense that American politics turns it into a circus.  Therefore, since a motion was made by Scriptor and seemed to have support from others, I will spotlight my bike shot.  Thanks for the support.

Of course, I did not actually take this picture so the spotlight is really on my wife, Karen.

Although I am not a strong follower of horse racing, this was the Kentucky Derby weekend and our resident Queenmother from the Bluegrass State did a great job with it.

Ginger's tour of the subway in Rio was both highly informative and also provided some beautiful underground vistas...

BAGMAN: "Underground vistas!  Phooey!  I don't care if they are more technically beautiful photographs!  I'm posting my favorite and you and Butler can't stop me!"

 Looks like I'm outvoted again.  

Anyhow -- trying to regain some control -- speaking of subways, Loredana gave us a great tour of her commute to New York City and...

BUTLER:  "If Bagman gets a choice, than so do I!  It's only fair.  And I think it is only appropriate to show a king walking.  At least, unlike Bagman's choice, he is formally dressed."

I seem to have lost all authority in my spotlight picks this week.   But I grit my teeth, protect my mouse and keyboard against further intrusion and quickly post two more...

(They look like a life-size pinball machine!)

Tracks that once supported Lincoln have to be spotlighted!

Next week we have Silhouettes!  So look toward the sun (carefully) and fire away!


Thursday, May 3, 2012

Public Transportation

Public Transportation: What are the people movers in your town?

Philadelphia boasts itself a bike friendly city.