Friday, October 5, 2012

Time Keeps On Ticking

Time seems to have gotten away from me again. I looked up this morning and I suddenly realized that I haven't written a blog post for a week and a half. This is after I had planned to try to gradually get back to doing this every day. It seems the outside world is still pulling to hard at me right now.

It's not interesting or fun things that grab my time. But it is tedious and boring things that tear me away from this that I love so much. I actually had these pictures ready the day after my last post. I was excited to share them with you, but now I can only remember part of what I wanted to say about them. Isn't that how things always go when you wait too long?

This first picture was all about the scene. I just thought that old broken down fence made such a good scene.  Part of what I've been wanting to accomplish with my photography is slowing down to capture just the right view or place. Finding a good place to do these things just seems important to me.

I remember reading some things about lighting effects. One of the things I read was about light coming in from the background. Remembering this, I found the perfect spot to test this out for myself. I've taken pictures like this before, but without putting the same thought into it.

Always before, I would just quickly react to a situation. That sometimes works well that way, but having a plan going in and being prepared with what I want to do helps make things that much easier. So I took this picture with a clear plan in my mind. It's not the greatest, but I was able to get the effect I wanted.

I always loved seeing the beams of sunlight shining through the tree branches from a view like this. Now I was able to capture that same thing. I actually took several pictures of this before I remembered to change my camera settings back from macro. Oops!

This last one is of a piece of firewood I have stacked up. I just thought the textures were interesting. I take pictures like this often, but I keep most of them to myself. I thought it was appropriate for this post though. How do you like it? I can't remember what I had the camera set on for this one. Macro would have probably been best, but I suspect that's not what I chose.

So that's what I've been up to. My photography's getting better, even if I'm much too distracted by obnoxious and boring things. Hopefully my next post will only be in another day or so. I looked at the comments from the last post, and there are much more than I thought. I really only thought there were a couple. I read them as soon as they arrived, but my mind just wanders too much.

Maybe I can work on my plant knowledge between now and the next post. I'm not sure if there will be much more time for that this year. It's getting cold out there now. Summer was scorching hot, and now it's already getting cold. That's the breaks I guess. What you gonna do?


  1. I love the last photo Ratty..I actually thought it was rocks though!!

    Some interesting shots you have taken...I think it's always fun when you can find the time to experiment more with the camera, it's functions and what you have in front of you.

  2. The texture of the last picture resembles rocks! It's very interesting to see, and yes, time flies.

  3. There are ups and downs, twists and turns, and hot and cold.

  4. the last one looks very interesting, if you did not mention firewood, i thought they were rocks coated with moss, and the lighting is so good.

  5. I need to get up that way and visit Palmer candy. Hope you are finding some good fall colors,lots down here in Glenwood.

    1. Mmmm. Palmer Candy. Home of the Twin Bing. My mouth is watering.

  6. I think these are awesome photos, Ratty! You really captured the texture nicely in the last shot.

  7. I love that wood. It looks like rocks!

  8. They're all appealing photos, Ratty and strike different emotional chords. Guess I like that last one too. Amazing textures. Great work!

    p.s. You can specialize in snow photos in up coming months!!! ;-)

  9. Delightful and engagingly beautiful photographs as always.

    *waves from Brighton*

  10. Beautiful photographs, beautiful nature. I am greeting

  11. I don't seem to get on here as often either. I love the fence photo and the sun shining through the trees. If you had not told us what that last picture was, I'd swear it was rocks..LOL I hope you don't get a real bad winter. They keep talking about lots of snow this year. I hope not or I'll never get out.

  12. Like the others, Ratty, I was thinking rocks for the wood. I really love my camera and take hundreds of photos. Digital allows us to do that so readily.

    One month to go of my five months stay in India. I hope to return in six months, after my first grandchild arrives. I can't imagine staying away that long, even. This has become my other home. I'm going to take Hindi lessons when I return. That will make my Hindi life easier.

  13. Love the photo of the stacked wood. You could have fooled me! I thought it was lichen covered rock!

  14. Happy Holidays Ratty!! Hope you are well.