Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Thematic Photographic #164 --- It's In the Details

Carmi over at Written, Inc. has given us another fun theme this week.  It's "In the Details".  That can take us on all sorts of photographic adventures.  As always, Carmi has a challenge inside the challenge.  Besides the sharing of photographs, he challenges us to look within the big picture, at the details.  That could mean putting the macros lens on the camera, or fine tuning our perceptions of life around us.  He's quite philosophical that way!

So, let me start with the details.........

This is a macro shot of a section of a much larger project that I am working on.  It is counted cross stitch which is making thousands of "X" stitches on a piece of fabric.  Nothing is printed on the fabric.  I follow a very detailed chart and count threads for stitch placement.  In this case the fabric is linen with 32 threads per inch and I place the Xs over 2 threads, so 16 stitches per inch, 256 Xs per square inch.

Panning back a bit, another hint of the big picture is revealed.  

And this crinkly piece of fabric shows my progress so far.  I had hoped to have it finished by July 29, the day my son Scott married Paula.  I've done several of these projects over the years and one this complex usually takes nearly a year of pretty regular work to get finished.  I started this one in February.  Even spending entire weekends stitching till my eyes crossed I didn't quite make it.

No, this is not my piece finished, but is the photo that came with the pattern.  It's what I will have when I do finish it.  As you can see, I have quite a way to go.  There are approximately 100,000 stitches in this project.

Now for the philosophical piece.  If with every stitch I wish Scott and Paula a day of happiness they will be married for 274 years!  I think they are off to a pretty good start since I have about 130 years worth already stitched. 

Looking at the rarely seen details of something is always fascinating.  Looking through the microscope during my high school science classes opened up worlds I never imagined.  But looking at the details doesn't require a microscope.  Visit Carmi's Thematic Photographic to see what he zeroed in on, then visit other participants' blogs.  This group never disappoints with their variety of interpretations.  Then, join in the fun and add your own!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope your week is a pleasant one.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Written, Inc. Thematic Photographic 162 -- Playing With Light

Thematic Photographic this week is "Playing with Light".  Tricky, Carmi admits, because what is photography if not playing with light? Well, Carmi, I'm going to take you down memory lane for a look at light itself playing with our imaginations.  Remember this?  It was my first entry in your very first Thematic Photographic....

 This mirror image on our driveway was unlike any reflection I had ever seen.  It was created by the sun shining on the tailgate of my Chevrolet Avalanche and throwing off this image into the shadow of the garage. Amazing!

 It lasted only a few minutes and I haven't seen anything like it since.

 Now here is a photo of how we play with artificial light for artistic effect, not just illumination.  This is from a stage production here in Branson.  As close as we were sitting, and as fast as the burst is on my camera, the dancers are a blur.  A trick to freezing action is to be as much in the light as the subjects --- but then I wouldn't have captured the arrangement of spotlights -- and the dancers were spinning very quickly :-).

And here is one more piece that I really like.  The depths of water carry light just so far, but the distance the light penetrates allows for magical illumination of creatures we might never get a chance to see.  This photo was taken at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.  The aquarium there has a walk-thru tunnel putting us in the midst of sharks, manta rays, and hundreds of other sea life.  I nearly expected this school of fish to spell out "Nemo" with their synchronized swimming!

Now, this is just a sampling of my favorite "playing with light" photos. Like many photographers I have hundreds if not thousands of shots of light.  Gotta love this pasttime-hobby-career-addiction!

Thanks for stopping by for another fun Thematic Photographic.  Hop on over to Written, Inc. to see Carmi's inspiration and the participants' take on the theme.  You won't be disappointed!

Monday, September 5, 2011

Thematic Photographic #161 --- White

Just hours ago Carmi posted the Thematic Photographic for this week --- white.  I'm not usually quite so quick to respond, but I recently took some photos at the zoo and just happen to have.....

A White Tiger

This beautiful animal is at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha, Nebraska.  In addition to his unusual coat, his ice blue eyes are so captivating.  This fellow was enjoying a cat nap (sorry, just had to say it) as were most of the other lions and tigers and bears while we were there.  Just a bit of a plug -- there are more photos in my facebook album.

As Carmi pointed out, white is often a difficult "color" to capture.  I've done many weddings and whether they are indoors or outdoors, the white gowns throw the light which makes it tricky to capture the details of the dress  That's another reason why I chose to post the white tiger instead!  In any case, you will enjoy this challenge.  White after Labor Day??  You betcha!

Friday, September 2, 2011

Thematic Photographic 160 --- Shopping

For 160 weeks Carmi at Written, Inc. has challenged us with very interesting themes to stimulate our photographic creative juices.  But I think this week's Thematic Photographic -- Shopping -- is one of the most challenging for me. I mean, shopping, really! It is something I love to do in photography and craft stores, but dislike in grocery and clothing stores. Realistically, most of my shopping is done online because much of what I need for my crafts I can't get locally, or the stores I really love to browse in (Barnes & Noble) are too far away to frequent very often. Also, I don't carry the Canon 40D everywhere -- people get a little nervous about that in the local Walmart. So my take on the theme this week is a collage of common links in the internet shopping mall.

If people think taking photos in a big box store with a high caliber camera is weird, I'm sure anyone watching me take photos of my laptop screen with said camera would think I was weird!  Oh, well. Probably not the first time!  Thanks, Carmi, for another fun week! Be sure to check out what the other participants have posted here.  They are much more creative!

Have a wonderful holiday weekend, everyone!