I watched a online lecture by Aline Smithson last week on how to be creative while we are stuck at home. One of her suggestions was to have fun. She was talking about how she would make photos of objects in her home and of old photos. Then she would work with them in photoshop to see what came out of it. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't I thought I would try this.

In honor of the mother's day. I took one of the old photos of my mother placed it on a piece of cardboard and photographed it. The plants were because of her love of plants and in particular ferns.

In the spring I look out my window and see the new growth on the pine trees. I planted the pine trees as seedlings over 15 years ago and they have grown taller than the house. I had to cut one of them done because it was not driving and it kept the trees on either side from branching out as much as I wanted. I wanted trees that blocked the wind as well as a view of my neighbors. I was rewarded by trees that gave the birds a place to hide and gave me the sounds of chirping birds during a spring rainstorm.

As it started to rain today, I looked out the window and saw the rain drops bounce and splash on the red metal roof right out side the window next to my desk. I wanted to capture the deep greens and the red while also capturing the water. I ended up fascinated with the shades of green in the evergreens. The new growth that contrasted with the darker greens of the older growths. I was reminded of a blog post by Donna about how she wanted to mute the greens of spring because they were too strong and hurt her eyes. I can see that but that leaves out the history of the tree outside my window.

I am not sure that they are interesting by themselves but with the history and the perfect display of what spring is all about they were perfect for me.

The next question that arises is how do I crop the photos to bring out what I am trying to show? What do I include in the frame? should it be in focus or blurry? A close up or a wider angle? Do I ned to show what the camera saw or what I saw?

The view of the roof

What was I trying to capture/say? Which one does it best? I did take some blurry photos but I wasn't happy with them. As I write this the sun came out and changed the whole scene. Time to start over?

With the time to reflect I am talking to other photographers, watching lectures and learning techniques. I was recently challenged to come up with abstract photographs. It is hard to define what is an abstract photograph and even harder to decide what is a "good" abstract photograph. I have determined that abstract photographs are like pornography. You know it when you see it. To carry this crass analog further, just because you place a naked person in it doesn't mean it is "good" pornography.

Mt Fuji or a passing train

Dawn of time or sunrise over the potomac

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