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Peony Bouquets 2

This title will make sense if you saw yesterday’s post (Peonies, Please!, 07.17.14). The image in yesterday’s post was shot looking straight down on the blossoms, and this one is a lateral, or side view.

I think they’re gorgeous from either perspective!


grizzly cub standing

Why do bears stand on their hind legs?  Because they can!

It’s a great way to see more–and to smell more–than they can at ground level.  Especially when you’re a tiny cub playing in tall grass.

As you can see, the grass is higher than the cub’s hindquarters, which means that when it’s on all fours, all it can see is…grass.  And all the photographer can see is…grass.

This cub and its sibling had some epic wrestling matches while mom was grazing.  Sometimes we were able to get a good view, and other times all we saw was the occasional paw sticking up out of the grass.

So we loved it when one cub or the other–or ideally both together–would stand up to take a breather and/or to relocate their mom, who was a fairly mobile grazer.

The cubs–like human children–also loved to climb UP on things, like logs or rocks.  That gave them an even better vantage point than standing up on the ground.  And of course gave us photographers some delightful photo ops.

Over the next few days, I’ll post some images of cubs being cubs.

Orange Hibiscus 2

I was sitting next to this stunning flower and noticed the thinnest strands of spider web among its leaves.  I wondered if this is how the spider viewed his/her home.  Probably not, since I would imagine their eyes are quite different from ours.  So perhaps this post should be subtitled “If Spiders Had Human Eyes.”

In any case, I just love the vibrant orange of the flower petals, and the beautiful way they contrast with the bright green of the leaves and the pale blue of the water and the sky.  I also loved the fact that this was a very tall plant, so I didn’t have to crawl on my belly in the wet grass in order to get this shot.

The next time you photograph flowers, see if you can get a different perspective…perhaps that of a spider?

While I’m a fan of the “sunset silhouette” shot, it doesn’t always need to be complex.  Sometimes the simplest compositions are the strongest.

I took this image in the Palouse, but it could be anywhere in rural America…or many other countries, for that matter.

I like the contrasts in this image.  The fact that it’s obviously open country and the only sign of humans is the power lines evokes loneliness, yet the warm oranges and yellows that dominate the image counter that.  The black silhouette on an orange background gives the image a two-dimensional feel, but we know that the power poles are all the same height, and therefore the shorter poles are further away than the taller ones:  that lends a sense of depth to an otherwise flat image.

Interestingly, when I took this image, I was disappointed that the only thing I could find to put in the foreground were the power lines.  And now I’m happy that when I took this image, the only thing I could find to put in the foreground were the power lines.

It’s all a matter of perspective!

This old Chevy truck was sitting behind the schoolhouse featured in yesterday’s post.  A brief (lucky) splash of sunshine in the midst of a rainy day did much to brighten the colors in the above image.  Note the ubiquitous rain clouds in the background.  The blues, greens and yellows in this image harmonize nicely.  Like the schoolhouse, the truck also sits in the midst of a debris field.  Since there was no way to get a clear image of the sunny side of the truck without trespassing–something I manage to avoid most of the time–I decided that the equipment surrounding the truck would be part of the picture.  It, too, tells a story.

The image below was taken just a few moments after the one above, but notice how much softer and more muted the light became.  That, combined with the shallower depth of field, the blurred foreground, and the exaggerated perspective of shooting UP at the truck gives this image a dreamlike and more surreal look.

One pickup, two very different views.  Which do you prefer?

Here are two more images of the Golden Gate Bridge, both from a more unusual perspective than the usual postcard shots taken from the south parking lot.  I like that this image shows the different types of construction that support the bridge.  While most people think of it as strictly a suspension bridge, it’s also supported from below at the south end, which is what the above image plays up.  I particularly like the arch that was built over Fort Point.  Notice how it dwarfs the lighthouse on the roof of the fort.

The image below was also taken from the south side of the span, and also plays up the supports of the bridge from below.  The trick to both of these images is to get BELOW the level of the roadway.  And that involves walking away from the parking lot.  Lots of neat trails crisscross the terrain, and there’s a walkway that allows you to cross underneath the traffic from one side of the roadway to the other.  There’s also plenty of free parking just a short walk from the vista point, so you don’t need to wait for a spot to open up in the overcrowded lot, or worry about feeding the meters.  The next time you visit the Golden Gate Bridge, plan to spend at least an hour or two exploring with your camera at either end of the bridge.

So when you’re shooting an icon like the Golden Gate Bridge, see if you can come away with images that are different from what you see on the postcards in the gift shops and souvenir stands.  You’ll have more fun making the images, as well as a much more personal reminder of your visit.