Lots of “water under the bridge” since my last posting. Time and I don’t always see eye to eye. My time can be spent taking photos here and there, or going over past photos to see what might apply to my needs of the moment.
Nature photos intersperse with water photos and ice photos depending on the season and interest. Frozen water often has distortions that time has stopped. Ice photos will be for another posting.
I see birds in some of my water photos. Distorted images in water make for the most interesting pictures. Wind can often play into this. If you are looking at a reflection in water and something comes by and sends the reflection in different wavy directions, you can often see other things such as faces in those distortions. Some are akin to “Where’s Waldo?”.
A reflection at the top of a small waterfall becomes the head of a heron. Small stones in a running stream compile together to become a rabbit or a lizard or a turtle. The images are not always apparent when fist looking in a suitable area. The key is suitable. I need to check out the necessary conditions for different areas, such as light, water movement, reflections, strength of colours or markings, etc.
So what do you see when you look at photos, or when you are out in nature?
Top of a waterfall
By Eve Ticknor
Swan Taking to Wing
By Eve Ticknor
By Eve Ticknor
In all the photos I have been taking over several years, I know if the conditions are right for me, I will see images in the pictures after they are printed out.
The fun is in asking others to look at a photo and tell me what they see. Obviously my interpretations and others’ interpretations can be different. Still, many do look at my photos and see nothing. It used to bother me, until I realized that I could teach others how to look, how to see.
Take a photo, preferably one that is more on the abstract side, but with substance, as in not just 3 lines. Focus on 1 section and see if anything comes to mind. Then shift your focus to another part and do the same. Turn the photo upside down or on 1 side, and do the same you did with the first side. Continue for the remaining sides. Did you see anything that made sense? Anything that made you look at it differently after that?
I have a photo which made perfect sense the way I took it. However, in showing it around, it was immediately turned around and declared to be an entirely different subject. After a while, it was turned onto its side and, surprise, surprise, it was again something entirely different.
Top of a waterfall
By Eve Ticknor
Floater by Eve Ticknor
Autumn has snuck up on me and I just realized I have been remiss with the lack of blogs. Such is life.
Autumn is a wonderful season, full of colour. The past few weeks has seen me leaning over all sorts of bridges. Why? Falling leaves. Leaves floating by, leaves sitting on the bottom of whatever waterway I happen to be leaning over. Some look just like paintings. The ones floating on the surface may look like little boats or a piece of oriental art while the ones below the water often look full of life, rushing by faster than I can snap the shutter. There is a whole different feel to them, different texture, perhaps changes in colour.
As the season progresses we will see less colour, but make up for it with ice. Ice is pretty amazing, creeping bit by bit. But look closely. Do you see bits of colour on a sunny day? What about designs? How many kinds of ice do you see? But enough of this. Let’s stick to leaves for now.
reflections in a roadside ditch.
It has been a while since my last blog, but so has winter. for me, too much snow followed by too much rain. Flooding has begun and I hope it isn’t too bad this year.
On the other hand, rain means melting. Streams are finally opening up and, although there is an over abundance of water in them, rushing about, I can finally see what is under all that water. Rocks, big ones, little ones, rocks. Add in the sunlight and I get very interesting designs and patterns. I could take hundreds of these and probably never be sated.
Another source of water photos is the drips in spring under bridges. With lots of snow still on the ground, I find my best was to take photos is to lean over the railing, half lying on it, to be able to get decent colours and markers of the patterns.
Spring is also a time to gear up for Art Shows, and the harder job of choosing what to put in the shows. So stay tuned. You never know when I’ll add more here.
Winters are changing, and not to my liking. Too cold, too windy, too much ice. Well, ice underfoot and sealing car doors shut. But there are other kinds of ice, more to my liking. I wish I were able to watch the ice sculpting itself, to learn how it decides what shape to become.
One kind of interesting ice is that formed in a flat sheet over a puddle, It seems to have etchings or layers or cracks, etc. One had lines as if sketching a person’s silhouette, to me looking like Charles De Gaulle.
Then last March, I found a patch of ice along the side of a gravel road by a wetland. Here I took several photos of ice in an area smaller than a square foot. The result is ice looking like 2 kinds of bottles! I have yet to find this kind anywhere else.
Along the sides of streams partly open, I can find several kinds of ice. The most interesting is a sort of bubbly ice as if someone were there with a large straw blowing bubbles. One photo I took of this kind is ice looking like a pair of feet, complete with toenails.
How is it that ice can resemble familiar things to us? Why can we be looking at the same photo of ice, yet see different things?
Leafy Harvest by Eve Ticknor
Baby steps are growing. Thanks to George, I am slowly remembering the steps needed to manage my website, and to give you new photos and a new blog now and then.
Autumn is a wonderful season for colours. We immediately think of leaves on trees, or on our lawns, needing raking up. Leaves fall on the ground in natural areas, and on or in water, and those are the ones that interest me the most right now.
The best water is a stream running over small rocks, not too deep, with a few leaves already underwater. Find some and look at them.
Where are they? How are they being changed? Do they look different under grey skies, or under sunny skies?
I love finding them when it is sunny, and looking to see if they are saying anything to me. Often I begin to see faces or animals, which I didn’t see when taking the photos.
So train your eyes to see the possibilities. It is akin to seeing someone who is not especially attractive and finding their inner beauty. It is there, and well worth the effort.