The soul of a cat

Sometimes you have a photo that looks good but something about it just isn’t quite “there”. That is the way I felt about this photo until I tried it in Black and White. I found this surprising considering it is a photo of a cat basking in the warmth of the sun. I think this expression on the cats face showed up more without the distraction of color. B&W also “dumbed down” the items on the wall so our eyes weren’t drawn to them. It’s a good idea to keep experimenting with your photography. You might discover secrets about your subjects.

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted Grant

Ancient Art

When I first saw this huge turtle, I thought it was ugly. But we took photos anyway because how often did we encounter such a creature. After I studied the photos, I began to have a change of perspective. I began to respect the history that tagged along with this aged creature. It would have overcome many struggles to get to this size.

“If you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.”
Jim Richardson

Perfection is not the key to good photography

I was enticed to take this picture because of that rock in the middle of the lake. Once I got the photo out of the camera, I noticed several items that made the photo more interesting than a bare island on a lake. Working left to right. That tree clinging to the rock could make a photo on its own. And then there is the interesting possibility of a story since someone took the time to plant a flag on this rock. Finally, there is the person on the right of the island enjoying a delightful moment in nature.

Photograph: a picture painted by the sun without instruction in art.

Ambrose Biere

Look close to home for beauty

I was taking a walk in the park one morning when I met up with a tourist. She commented on the beauty around us and how lucky I was to have such a beautiful park to walk through. To be honest, I realized then and there that I had been taking something very special for granted. The next time I visited the park, I brought my camera along.

Gratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.” – Henry Ward Beecher.

The Forgiveness Factor

There is no better time to crop a bad composition than just before you press the shutter release. – Bryan Peterson – From the book: “Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography”
One example of when I didn’t take the composition I wanted

I was standing on the edge of a bay to take this picture. I could not get in closer. So, I took the picture at a distance that even my adjustment could not correct. As a consequence, I ended up cropping out some power lines to avoid distractions. Luckily, I was able to do so without affecting the bridge on which I was focused.

Swing bridge to Manitoulin Island
Bridge to Manitoulin Island

A Commitment

Butterflies fluttering together in gravel.

Nature is full of mysteries and photographers are committed to witnessing these mysteries then sharing them with others through their art.

This is a photo taken early this spring. I hope to get a chance to research this behaviour.

We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.
-Maya Angelou

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Curiosity

Cows are extremely curious animals. When we approach cows, they will advance towards us, showing unusual interest. This cow was even more curious than the others and tried to push her way towards me as I took her photo.

Cow trying to nudge her way to the front.

Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people. Leo Burnett