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Beautiful Symmetry

Walking Bridge

Walking Bridge

I have selected five photos to demonstrate symmetry for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge this week. The beauty of bridges and walkways, cozy fireside seating, a foggy day black and white landscape, and a peaceful reflective pond is enhanced by balance and symmetry.

Walkway

Walkway

Fireside

Fireside

Foggy Fenceline

Foggy Fenceline

Peaceful Reflection

Peaceful Reflection

In her challenge post, Cee suggests that we are hard-wired to crave symmetry and I agree. There is something comforting about a balanced scene. It seems that so many of us are striving for balance in our lives. Finding symmetry in our surroundings may add a sense of comfort and calm to our unsettled emotions.

Peace to you all!

Jarring Perspective

Perspective One

Perspective One

I can’t wait to scoop some tasty Peach JalapeƱo Jam from this big jar!

Perspective Two

Perspective Two

So, the jar isn’t quite as big as I thought. Maybe I better use a smaller spoon. Is that Apple Butter in the background?

Perspective Three

Perspective Three

Now, I just want them both! The jam jar holds about half of what the apple butter jar holds, but there is still plenty to sample. Lucky me!

This week, photo blogger Cee has encouraged us to experiment with photographic perspective. It has become clear that distance makes a big difference in the way subject size and pertinence is perceived.

My final photo raises a question of pet perspective. Is this how my dog and cat really perceive each other? No wonder my cat always keeps an eye out for the Basset Hound. And, no wonder my dog seems to think the tabby cat belongs to him! Good thing they do get along!

Pet Perspective

Pet Perspective

Check out Cee’s blog for more info about perspective and the Compose Yourself Photo Challenge.

Centerpoint Collection

Cabbage Flower

Cabbage Flower

Sometimes it is better to break the rule of thirds and aim for center placement of photo subjects, as suggested by Cee for her Compose Yourself Challenge this week. This colorful, rounded, ornamental cabbage demanded to be center of attention!

I took my next photo on a recent trip to a park. It just seemed more balanced to place the stairway in the center of the frame. My eyes went straight up the steps, which seemed like a stairway to heaven from the bottom.

Center Stairway

Center Stairway

Next up is Bunny, one of The Backyard Bunch of critters I love to watch from my porch. Cropping the photo into a square shape put him right in the middle. His (her?) great big eye and long ears are the focal point of the picture. If you look close, you can see that he is nibbling on a piece of green grass that he has in his mouth!

Bunny

Bunny

Finally, I selected a photo of Winter Santa with his face at the center point. My eyes go straight to his eyes and then fan out to admire his beard and fancy Christmas coat.

Santa

Santa

Ho, Ho, Ho! Did any of you ask Santa for a new camera this year?

Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge- Horizontal Lines And Horizon

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This scenic view has a strong horizon line where water meets the ridge. The mountains and skyline also draw the eye. This picture, and the ones below, are posted for Cee’s Compose Yourself photo Challenge: Week #6 Horizontal Lines and Horizons. Cee stresses the importance of straight horizons. I use the Straighten function on the Camera+ app when I need to straighten the lines of my photos. These photos were all taken with my iPhone 5s.

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Multiple horizontal lines are evident in the barbed wire fence.

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Multiple horizontal lines segment these mailboxes.

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Multiple horizontal lines make up this wooden fence.

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Extra credit: Multiple horizon lines in this duck pond picture include the water line against the shore and the ground to fence line by the trees. The line of geese and the top of the shelter also draw the eye.

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Extra credit: multiple horizon lines in this landscape include the linear edge where the cut grass meets the green grass and the line where the land meets the mountain ridge. The row of taller grasses and the skyline also draw the eye.

Thanks to Cee for hosting these informative challenges!

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