The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of ooh, Shiny!; after a first foray into this theme with a moment from Chiusdino in Tuscany, I thought there might be another one in the catalog…
Sometimes, as we walk along the sidewalk, a shiny bit catches our eye; after a rain shower, there might be plenty of opportunity, particularly, if the Sun has come out from behind the clouds to announce its presence…
Another simple iPhone image to catch the radiance brought by the Sun!
Well, am I pleased that this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge happens to be on the theme of Reflecting? Yes, I am!!
The only problem that I have with this topic is to decide which ones of my images to select, as I have a fair amount of photographs that use a reflection. So I may do a number of posts, upon which we can reflect.
The first contribution is one of my favorite HDR images…
This image came about a number of years back, when I was photographing an agility event in Skowhegan, Maine. As we were done around mid-afternoon, and I had noticed that there were some nice skies, this spot came to mind for photographing. It is the hydroelectric facility in the middle of the town, where the Kennebec river flows through it.
While I’m still in Israel for a couple of days and missing a beauty of a snow storm that is battering New England, I thought there might be time for a quick Warped Wednesday before we get to Thursday haiku (yes, I’ve been writing them for over a year now and some are pretty decent). As I was poking around through some of my more abstract work, my eye caught one shot from December 2016 that could use a bit of a treatment.
This image was taken during a walk through Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, which I always enjoy. The swollen Nashua river provided a rich source for adjusted reflections…
The contrast between the branch rising above the river amidst the reflections of trees on the opposite shore caught my eye enough to capture this image. What I did with it in post processing is to add a bit of surreal, dreamy quality to it in PhotoShop Express on the iPad; this lends it a bit more ability to draw in the eye and allow it to keep this loosely focused ephemeral grasp on the mind.
Hope you like this treatment and have a dreamy day!
One of the interesting side effects of doing the Tuesday Photo Challenges, is that I also will keep the theme floating around in the recesses of my mind. What this causes is that, from time to time, I’ll catch something that I might not have noticed otherwise.
Such was the case on Wednesday, as I went to Cambridge, Massachusetts, for my guitar lesson at the Passim School of Music (great place!); as I was early, I stopped at the Starbucks across the street from the school and sat down with my Venti Triple Non-fat Latte (aka pretentious drink 🙂 ).
I caught the interplay between reflections and transparency, so I moved my iPhone around until I got the view that I wanted; then, as I noticed the oncoming car, waited to get the car in the frame as well. I figured that the motion of the car would add another little bit of interest.
Shadowy figures move down the street and are waiting at the crosswalk, while the Border Cafe (good and reasonably priced Mexican food) stands out sharp among fuzzy reflections (double-pane glass).
As we’re looking toward the future, we strive to reach beyond what the horizon obscures and understand all that may occur. In doing so, do we lose track of what each and every day holds for us? Appreciating each and every moment, while making decision that bode well for our planet, humanity, our family and ourselves, allows us to live truly full lives.
Look toward each and every new horizon, and embrace all that you see as today’s realm of possibilities.
There’s nothing more natural than the assumption that the Sun will rise again tomorrow… Indeed it does, as long as the Earth continues its rotation, whether we are there to observe the first light of morning or not.
So for this moment, let’s appreciate the simple, serene beauty of a calm morning without a cloud in the sky, as the Sun rises…
Take a deep, cleansing breath and may you enjoy the rest of your day!
This image was captured with an iPhone 5S using the standard Camera app.
I only wanted Uncle Vernon standing by his own car (a Hudson) on a clear day, I got him and the car. I also got a bit of Aunt Mary’s laundry and Beau Jack, the dog, peeing on the fence, and a row of potted tuberous begonias on the porch and 78 trees and a million pebbles in the driveway and more. It’s a generous medium, photography. - Lee Friedlander