Friday, April 20, 2007

Sun fried green tomatoes


Translucent color
London, ON, April 2007

Sometimes, I take a picture because it is of a subject I hope to return to in future. To wit, my water cup. I drink water all day. The colder the better. It keeps me alert and, hopefully, somewhat healthy.

When I put it on the counter and it caught the sun, I knew it was something I wanted to remember. But I had no tripod. So the compromises resulted in an image with strong geometry, but somewhat iffy technicals.

I'll come back to this kind of composition in future. But for now, a slash of reflected green across a stainless steel surface will have to do.

Your turn: Reflected colors. Do they appeal to your eye? Why/why not?

16 comments:

kenju said...

They do appeal if they are green. It is my favorite color. Sometimes reflected colors are prettier to look at than the real thing. They are less dense, less saturated, more ethereal. I like them, and you, Carmi! Michele sent me this time.

tommiea said...

they appeal to my three year old....tonight as we were doing the bedtime routine the sun was setting. My front door has a big Texas star made out of beveled glass on it. When the sun hits it just right it makes rainbows in the entry way.

Do you know how hard it is to tear a three year old away from a rainbow....he liked that he could make it go on his foot!

Anna said...

Any reflections appeal to me. It is such a treat for the eyes! i like this shot Carmi...and while I always like technical photos, there is something to be said for just snapping the pic.

Havent seen you over at my blog in awhile...hope that all is going well in your household. Have a great weekend!

Jennifer said...

Very much so. Green is my favourite colour :)

Babystepper said...

I think there's something about reflected colors that reaches into our soul...like the stained glass in a large cathedral...it's pure beauty. There is nothing of substance in a reflection, so there's nothing to destroy or cheapen. It just is.

David said...

I think I see Moses in this picture, I will start the crush of pilgrims to your place ASAP.....
Oh i forgot, that is just a Catholic thing.
Good shabbas, Carmi

PI said...

Bother I have lost my comment. I love light and colour and am the fuzzy technical one - not you. I have never used a tripod - just another thing to carry and lose. On my windows facing the sun I have crystals and get endless pleasure from the reflections.
Michele sayshi!

Thumper said...

How dense I am this morning...my first thought was "What is wrong with the water up there???" It took a moment to register that the cup is green. And a very nice shade of green, too...

I typically like reflected colors, especially when they prism...I don't know why, but I can sit and stare at them for a long, long time.

Here via Michele's this morning!

rashbre said...

NIce shot. I thought it was mono with spot green to begin with. Clever use of the stainess steel.

I smile when I see your comment about technical. One needs a lot of hours in the day to do everything 'just so' and sometimes a simple snap brings 99% of the effect.

Just fine.

Mr. Althouse said...

I like how the green illuminates the middle of the shadow. It's almost as if it has some dedicated source of power.

Back from Michele's,

mike

Yemi said...

Hey there,

Back again but this time via Michele's. Never thought of it until now but I guess I do like reflected colors:)

srp said...

I love reflected colors and shadows of color through translucent glass or flower petals and such, hence my tulip photo.

It is all about looking at the mundane things of life in an extraordinary way. It's our world, it's here, not a lot we can do to change the big picture so why not manipulate the small things.

Ann said...

The other day, my daughter painted her toenails with a gorgeous shade of red. Like most kids, instead of putting the bottle back where she got it, she put it on the sill of the sunroom. I left it there because the reflection is just awesome when the sun hits it. Nice post

Carolyn said...

Definately! There's something about light filtering through colored glass that I find very stimulating. Especially the gem colors of ruby, saphire, emerald, ambers, and even those reflected from a fiery opal.

Gyrobo said...

Reflected colors make it look real!

Shephard said...

I like your iffy technicals.
This photo reminds me of the musical WICKED, because it plays such a strong part in the theme and symbolism... that being different is okay. That's what I think of when I look at this. Very appealing.

Michele says hello again!
~S