Photo 101 continues into week 2. The first theme is connect.
A photo I took earlier in the day before the theme was announced seems to fit “connect” well. I posted the photo in the Bliss and Solitude themed set of photos. It’s here again.
Flags are still at half mast and the city continues to remember a police officer killed on duty last week. As part of the memorial process, community members tied blue ribbons around lamp posts, street signs, bridges, and playground fences in a show of connection and support for the family of the officer and his colleagues.
Old fashioned connections
When was the last time you received a postcard? Our family got one a few weeks back from a relative on vacation in Hawaii. It was a novel treat to get something in the mail that is so rare these days.
One thing I learned from this photo was the importance of the background. While the counter has interesting texture, I think it’s too busy against the turtles canoodling.
Connecting to nature
After thinking a bit about how I would photograph connect, I settled on nature. It’s something that always recharges me and allows me to connect with humans, if others are around. But it also allows me to connect with myself in terms of grounding me again.
This silly squirrel was out doing his/her thing. It was a completely spontaneous experience to get a few shots. At first, I was surprised this little creature wasn’t dashing off. It was only a couple of metres away so I was content simply to watch. When I realized it was staying put, I remember the camera, stuck it on auto and snapped away.
Again, with shrinking the image size, some of the sparkly white bits in the background disappeared. I guess that’s the challenge with both the photo editor I’m using and only wanting to post smaller images.
And a couple of practice flower shots, too
I think the details in the middle and tips of the petals are nice but I would prefer the whole flower to be in focus. It looks more distorted in this shrunk size. Still, going back to the original, it’s odd how the top half of the middle of the flower is blurred while the bottom half with the ant is clear. Yet the top petals are clear and the bottom is blurred. A mystery.
What works best to refresh you back to your regular self?