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Linda JeffersIn a world of so many great photographers and writers, I am venturing into some unknown territories, leaving comfort zones, finally very willing to practice the art of seeing. By maintaining the practice of posting daily photos, I hope to continue learning about the possibilities that I trust are out there for the taking.

Come join me on my journey!

A Challenge From an Online Mentor….

This is a very interesting Challenge. Click on the link to read Otto’s Challenge if you wish.

Otto von Munchow offered up the following Challenge to his followers…….. https://munchow.wordpress.com/2015/08/30/another-challenge/

Below I am posting two photos of the many I shot attempting to break some of the 10 photography rules.
“In Photography and the Art of Seeing, Freeman Patterson recommends writing down a list of rules we assume to be true of photography… and then break them. Here are ten rules that recur repeatedly”:

1) Focus on the centre of interest.
2) Fill the frame with the subject.
3) Do not shoot between 10 am and 3 pm (the light is too harsh).
4) Don’t shoot against the light.
5) Hold the camera steady.
6) Follow the rule of third, e.g. 1/3 sky and 2/3 land or vice versa.
7) Obey the light meter.
8) Photograph children (or pets) at their own eye level.
9) Avoid lens flare when shooting against the sun.
10) Keep the camera level with the horizon.

Ok, here is my list I took outside with me and used to break these rules listed above.

I want to:

Shoot between 10 and 3.

Move the camera (up and down on trees). I didn’t move the camera but I thought to wait for the wind to move/blur the foreground pine branch a bit.

Shoot against the light.

Shoot with subject in center. (Actually my subject in mind was to have the exposure good enough to see detail in the tree bark and trees and not worry about anything else (Like I usually do!).

Create lens flare shooting into the sun.

Not have everything (the horizon, distortion) exact and precise. This shooting experience was painful letting go of looking for everything to be perfectly aligned etc.

Posted two photos because I couldn’t pick one!@!

 

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Photo One

 

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Photo Two – Lake George and the Mammoth Sierra Crest from cabin at Wood’s Lodge, Mammoth Lakes, CA.

Wrap Up Thoughts:

Just heading out to do this challenge was so informative. I hated having to go against the rules. I couldn’t even concentrate on what I wanted or what to do differently. But I shot some photos. I kept my ISO high so that I could see detail on the forefront subjects – cabin porch, trees etc. Typically I expose for the skyline using exposure bracketing. So having the entire background exposure blown out ……And having the starburst blown out went against my instinct. But I did it. Because it was so bright outside I couldn’t really see the LCD previews of what any of the photos really looked like. But I kept shooting. Again, making me feel frustrated.

When I got inside and looked at all the photos I was seeing a different kind of shot than I normally shoot. I was mildly enjoying the different exposures, the less than perfect composition and what showed up as the subject.

What was most important in this challenge was doing what was against my nature. I am such a robot, doing the same thing over and over again. Just going out when I didn’t want to, shooting how I didn’t want to shoot, opened my eyes to the importance of doing this exercise more and more and seeing what comes to me from doing it. Practice brings change and I am definitely interested in seeing what change will come.

Thanks Otto for this challenge.

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What Caught My Interest While Walking Lake Mamie.

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Lake Mamie.

Fished out from Bridge over Lake Mary.

Fished out from Bridge over Lake Mary.

This young lady said, "...and we were just about to leave"

This young lady said, “…and we were just about to leave”

Beautiful little girl looking at barking dog.

Beautiful little girl looking at barking dog.

Barking (blind?) dog in parking lot where people were fishing on the east bank of Lake Mamie.

Barking (blind?) dog in parking lot where people were fishing on the east bank of Lake Mamie.

Why do people do this? Bleeding tree.

Why do people do this? Bleeding tree.

Ray didn't think he'd make it around Lake Mamie but did!!

Ray didn’t think he’d make it around Lake Mamie but did!!

Went out to test some Star apps, some good places to shoot night Milky Way and other night shots around Mammoth.

Went out to test some Star apps, some good places to shoot night Milky Way and other night shots around Mammoth. Mammoth city lights, even though most were asleep, are strong.

 

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See the Adromeda Gallaxy in the photo? My friend Erika, called my attention to it. I didn’t even know what this Gallaxy was until she shared a similar link: http://earthsky.org/clusters-nebulae-galaxies/andromeda-galaxy-closest-spiral-to-milky-way

 

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See my car? That’s hwy 395 beyond. Scouting for places when it’s dark isn’t the best idea. I pulled off on a dirt road I’d not been on before and was afraid to go in far enough to avoid the light interference, so rather than fight it, included it.

 

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Windmills And A Sunset.

Even though I really didn’t have the time to shoot tonight….I just knew I needed to get out with my camera. Weather forecasters had mentioned late afternoon clouds earlier in the day. So Jen and I planned an outing following a quick dinner at Panera.

The first stop was closeby….on Dinah Shore. We stopped where we could park and shot the sand dunes along the roadside until the sun dropped below the San Jacinto mountains. Then we hopped in our cars headed for Indian Cyn Rd, 10 minutes west. Getting off at this exit we crossed back over the I-10 Freeway and turned left on the major street that parallels the I-10, heading west about a mile. Actually we should have left the sand dunes 10 minutes earlier.

It was exciting to finally have some clouds and color in the sky.

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