I have photos today that I took walking around Swan Lake last week.
It is bright and sunny today, in stark contrast to the past two days.
Ivy is over in the corner doing something. Sometimes I don’t even want to know what she’s into. Charlie is next to me snoozing.
Yesterday she was scooting something along the floor. It was a dead bug on its back.
Not only does she kill them, but in the end they suffer the indignity of ending up on their backs while Ivy plays with them. I got a tissue and did away with it.
Maybe I should put up a sign warning all bugs that if they enter this apartment, there is a lethal weapon on the other side. And her name is Ivy Lou.
I walked all the way around Swan Lake. I took photos of ducks, trees, water and rocks. And quite a few weeds!
I take a fancy to all kinds of things when I’m in photography mode with the exquisite backdrop of nature.
When I was first learning photography, I would simply stand and take photos of objects square in the middle. Seemed like the right thing to do at the time.
But over the years, I’ve learned that I want to include frames and overhangs and this part focused and that part unfocused. And to be aware of various textures.
Swan Lake is one of my favorite places to visit with my camera in Tulsa.
Sometimes I want to look at my target through a stand of weeds or at the edge of a tree to get that contrast and texture into my photo. To my eye it is just more interesting.
See what a difference it makes to take the photo at the edge of what I call “an overhang?” This means I have something overhead framing part or all of the photo.
I probably would have been satisfied with a photo of just the ducks in the water. But I chose to bend down and get part of the weeds into the photo for emphasis.
More weeds here. Nothing really interesting about them.
But look at the touches of silver where the sun lights them up. That caught my attention. And I also liked the color of these particular weeds.
I have a feeling I know who provided the artwork in the photo above.
The Garden Deva made various metal artwork for me when I lived in Texas. This looks very much like her work.
I keep saying I’m going to pay her shop a visit. I need to do that.
Here is her website if you want to look for metal art for your garden. This woman is incredibly talented.
Here I chose to get part of the tree, part of the weeds alongside it, and the spray of water with the colorful fall leaves hanging over it. The richness of the leaves along with the ones in the background caught my attention as I was walking along.
Maybe you weren’t looking for my photo tips. But a lot goes into photography. Where once I stood and took a photo centered, now I want it from all angles. Bending, leaning, looking up; I do all these things when I’m taking photos.
It may not make much of a difference to anyone but me. But in doing all this it is more interesting for me than merely taking photos.
Charlie & Ivy