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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 Jalapeño 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?

Composition Magic-Two Thirds

My Pal

My Pal

I have selected these photos for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge. Last week, Cee shared information about the Rule of Thirds. This week, she extended that discussion to cover what she calls the Magic of Two-Thirds. Instead of putting our subject in one third of the frame, we are to use two-thirds, leaving the rest bokeh or negative space to accent our subject. Cee suggests that this tip is good to use with still life photography.

My first photo is a picture of my dog, Pal. He is sitting “still” for his portrait! His face takes up most of the photo frame and you will see his interesting eyes. Having one blue and one brown eye makes him special.

The next photo is of a neon and metal star that is a city landmark on top of Mill Mountain. You can see more information about the star in my previous posts called Up and Down Mill Mountain and Landmark.

Star View

Star View

The following photos, showing the two thirds technique, are of flowers found in my backyard in summertime-a delicate dandelion puff and a wild hibiscus.

Dandelion Puff

Dandelion Puff

Wild Hibiscus

Wild Hibiscus

I hope you all have a magical day!

Rule of Thirds on Display

Nibbling

Nibbling

This week, Cee has challenged us to explore the photography Rule of Thirds. The squirrel in my first picture is in the left third of the picture. He may be a bit close to the edge but he is so cute nibbling on his acorn that I think this action shot works.

The next photo is a landscape where the focal point is a water tower at the left of the scene. Your eyes go there first, move to glance at the rest of the photo elements, but are drawn back to the tower again.

Water Tower

Water Tower

The focal point can also be in the right third as seen in the next two photos. I like the way the steeple is grounded but reaches toward the sky in open space without hindrance.

Steeple

Steeple

The placement of this tower in the right third of the picture made it look more dramatic than if it was simply in the middle given the slanted hillside.

Power

Power

The little humming bird is in the top third of the picture which seems appropriate for a bird. He is perched on a branch going toward the left third of the picture. I hope the vertical branch on the right does not distract fom the hummingbird.

Waiting

Waiting

Finally, I selected a photo where the focal point is at the bottom of the photo with simple plants settled in the flower bed. Nothing distracts from the plants and they seem to have room to grow.

Settled

Settled

I hadn’t given the concept of upper and lower thirds as much thought as the right and left until this lesson. I also learned to think about where the open space is in relation to the position of the photo subject, and how that may impact someone’s emotional interpretation of the photograph.

These photos are posted for Cee’s Compose Yourself Photo Challenge-Rule of Thirds. Check out her blog for lots of great photo tips and links to example photos!

On the Diagonal

Perched

Perched

Bridged

Bridged

Stocked

Stocked

Powered

Powered

I have selected these photos for Cee’s Compose Yourself Challenge-Diagonal Lines. These photos all share the element of diagonal lines that can guide the eye, suggest movement or add a sense of tension.

For extra credit, here are photos of two things that I am thankful for-my home and blue skies!

Home

Home

 Blue Skies

Blue Skies

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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