Zig-Zag patterns

I hadn’t noticed before, but I sometimes favor a zig-zag pattern to my photographs, shooting across the plane of the picture and using natural formations and shadows to complete the effect. I wonder if this is a normal tendency on the part of all photographers?

I do know that it tends to draw the eye into the picture, at least from my perspective. But then, I took the picture. From another’s perspective, it might be an annoying tendency of mine, one in which they hope I’ll soon outgrow as I learn to take photos with the grain of the shot rather than across it. Somewhat like petting a cat with the fur rather than against the fur.


I saw this fence and thought to myself, “Of course I have to take this picture”, but people kept coming up the path next to the fence. I didn’t want them to think I was trying to take the picture, and force them to cut short their enjoyment of the flowers along the way, so I’d look anywhere but at the fence.

I must have looked like an idiot, standing next to the fence, swiviling my head around and not looking at anything.


I took this with my fisheye lens because I wanted to accentuate the “V” formation in the field. The problem with the fisheye though is that my shadow kept ending up in the shot. I had to hold the camera just so and far away from my body. Again, I must have looked an idiot. I like the shot, but I’m not happy with the lighting.


This is a case where the shadows of the tree formed the ‘zag’ part of the zig-zag, breaking up the ground between the house and the fence. It’s an okay shot, but nothing to write home about.

Of course, this is a weblog — one can always write in a weblog.


This tree was literally growing sideways. I’m not sure I captured it at the right angle — forgive the pun! — but I’ll be back, and will try other shots. It might be better as a color shot, but the sky was too white and too bland. Next time I’ll try with bright blue sky, see what happens.


Vertical Reflections

In these three photographs, there were a couple of patterns that emerged — the reflections of the water and the vertical nature of the plants surrounding the water. Both aspects added to the shots and these were some of my favorite photos from the day.


I really liked this photo. I liked the vertical trees on both sides of the pond, which seem to blend one into each other. I like the lighting — very dark in the forest, very bright on the pond, creating a sense of mystery.

If I don’t like anything about the picture, it’s the darkness of the foreground.


I liked the foreground/background effect of the weeds in the front and the trees on the other side of the lake. This just accentuated the reflection of the trees in the water, which is something I’ll never tire of.

You’ll probably tire of it though. If I do too many reflection pictures, please feel free to make a note of it. I’ll ignore the note, but you’ll feel better having made it.


Not the best of photos, as the overhanding branches make the picture ‘messy’ in my opinion. but I liked the base of the tree being wrapped in water. I would have taken more photos, but I was disturbing a nesting goose.


Isn’t that just like a man?

I walked down by the lake to take some reflection shots and almost stepped on a nest with three large eggs in it. Just as I was about to take a photo of the eggs, I heard a sound in the water next to the tree, the mother and father goose.

I backed away to the table nearby and stopped. The mother and father hissed at me a bit but evidently decided I wasn’t a threat because they didn’t chase me — something geese will do.

Then, the two lived up to gender stereotypes the world over: the mother settled down with the kiddies, preening her feathers, while the father took off across the lake.


I had a difficult time getting a shot of mom as she kept snaking her head around to work on her feathers. I also wanted a shot of the eggs, and this ended up being the best of both.


The shot is a bit dark, but I like it Of course I like it — lots of reflective water, one of my obsessions.


Today’s Uncategorizable stuff

Two shots from the day that don’t belong in the other groupings, but that I liked too much to leave off.


I thought this was a nice instance of overlaying ‘real’ with reflection. The fern to the right is real, not reflected, while everything else is an image from the lake. Depending on the resolution of the monitor, you’ll see the characteristics of the lake or not in this shot — showing one of the difficulties with posting photos online.


Oogie. Earie. I love it — dead branches rising out of the swamp.

While I was taking this photo, I heard a ‘blurb blurb’ behind me. I turned around but couldn’t see anything in the swamp. I returned to taking the photo when I again heard the blurb blurb sound behind me. Again, I couldn’t see anything, and there was no marked disturbance in the algae covering the water. This continued a couple of more times until I finally couldn’t stand it and left.

Frogs. Sure. Natural water noises. Sure.


Taking a seat

Another pattern to my photography is photos of chairs, taken in such a way that I hope they imply that someone has either just left, or is about to take the seat. They’re a part of my attempt to capture the effects of people, without showing people.

Okay, so this does sound a bit artsy. But it’s fun and I just can’t help myself — if there’s a seat in a nice setting, you’ll know you’ll see a photo of it.


My favorite photo of the day. I liked the foreground plants at a slightly different focus than the background building. I like the shadowed interior and the barely glimpsed seat inside. I liked the lighting. I liked the photo.


I liked the lazy spring/summer look to this photo — the seat inviting the person to sit for a while, and enjoy the view. A distinctly gentle picture.


I particularly liked the bench being on the hill overlooking the swamp, the bright green colors, with the hint of blue flower and brown/red seat, and the surface of the water completely hidden by the algae. I also liked the perspective of the photo, with the seat off to the top/right.


This is a scene that begs for a picture, which means I shouldn’t take it. But I don’t care — it’s pretty anyway. Isn’t that curving deck over the water marvelous?