Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Thematic Photographic 4 - Wood


Man on the moon?
London, ON, June 2008 [Click to embiggen]


Last week's Thematic Photographic theme, glass, seemed simple at first glance. But like so many things in my life, it took a few extra and very welcome twists along the way. Ultimately, it turned out to be an elemental challenge that prompted some amazing responses from some amazing bloggers. Thank you all so much!

So instead of bucking convention this week, I thought I'd continue the trend with a similarly elemental theme, wood. It touches our lives in so many ways that it's difficult to imagine what life would be like without it. And all from something that started out as a seed and a dream. An amazing thing, this wood is.

I came across this somewhat startling scene while walking along a pastoral stretch of London's multipurpose path network. As I composed this macro shot beside the burbling river, an elderly couple passed by and asked what I was shooting. I explained my addiction to abstract macros, and they both nodded their heads and asked for a closer look. As I showed them the pictures on the camera's screen, they nodded their heads enthusiastically and said I should keep looking for stories in small scenes.

And so I shall.

Your turn: If you're new to Thematic Photographic, here's the lowdown. If you know the drill, I'll let you get cracking...
  1. I post a new entry every Wednesday evening.
  2. Each entry has a unique theme.
  3. You post a similarly themed image over on your blog.
  4. You paste a link to your entry in a comment here. If you've already posted something that fits (on a blog, Facebook, MySpace, wherever) simply post the link to the existing entry.
  5. Delirious photo sharing and happiness ensues.
I'll post wood-themed images through the week to keep the fun going. I can't wait to see what you come up, too. Go nuts!

One more thing: Two Canadian TV appearances coming up in the very near future.

31 comments:

Tracey said...

What a great shot. I need to get more creative with my shots and really start playing around with my camera!

Barb said...

I see you have already put out the new TP. I love wood and can't wait to work on this theme.

One last thing about glass, which we have all been thinking about all week. My husband just found this article on foxnews.com. From simple window panes to airplanes. But the question comes down to: Is glass a liquid or a solid?

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,370864,00.html

lissa said...

Looks like Jupiter!!

I'll be watching CTV tonight - and playing Spore, as you well know...will have applause for you after the show!

Brittany E. said...

I love the texture od this shot. Yes taking out of the car pictures can be fun, as long as ur not driving. Although I've done that too :)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

The thing I like about this, Carmi, is that even though I know what it is, I'm still seeing seven different things in it. Way cool.

Chad Oneil Myers said...

It is "somewhat startling" indeed. I see small, creepy faces coming out of that wood!

Very cool Carmi.

kenju said...

Carmi, that looks like some of the photos I see on the astronomy website everyday!

Jude said...

Another fabulous theme. Thanks! This is really making me think so much more creatively and differently about my photos. I love the texture and shades on your introductory photo. I have had the day off today so actually managed to get this done a lot quicker than I normally would.... here's the link:

http://web.mac.com/judereid/
Judes_Blog/Judes_Blog_2008/
Entries/2008/6/26_Wood.html

Carol said...

good morning carmi... i think this is a great theme.. i am a tree hugger and trees are one of my favorite subjects on the walking trails at Pelee....

my entry tho is not from the trails but from my backyard.... it's posted here:

http://caromoom.blogspot.com/

i had fun photographing these, once i started tho i couldn't stop.... :)

hope all is well.

Canadian Mark said...

Nice contrast to last weeks glass. Very warm and organic. My post is up here - once again, one from the archives.

Mojo said...

As usual, an intriguing and thought provoking shot -- and theme. I love ultra-tight macro shots like this, though I'm ill-equipped to shoot them properly. I went looking for some shots I had of driftwood -- both of the fresh and salt water varieties -- but didn't find the ones I was looking for. I'll look again this evening, but for now I'll offer this contribution.

Izedabye said...

Hey Carmi, great shot! Last night I was gathering up some old logs and stuff for burning in the fire pit. I picked up this one piece that had been laying in one spot for many years. When I turned it over, it was marred by years of bugs feasting on it. It looked like a huge crater with many spires. It was quite amazing. It had never occurred to me to photograph just a piece of scrap wood before. Anyway, tonight I might just take a picture of it and post it for all to see.

Linda said...

That truly does look like the surface of another planet....Mars? Saturn? LOVE the color and texture.

Here is my contribution:

http://fifenhorn.blogspot.com/2008/06/thematic-photgraphic-wood.html

Hayley Townley, Breast Cancer Survivor Extraordinaire said...

Great idea, Carmi. My "wood" has age rings. Although, in going through my pics, I may have to post several things this week. I have lots of cool pics.

Have I told you that I love this idea?

Heidi said...

Okay... I think of vanilla ice cream with chocolate syrup on top of it and it has almost completely melted down and been slightly mixed together to get your photo. It's not wood at all, is it? Ha ha! Neato photo!

Here is mine for the week:

http://heidiphoto.blogspot.com/2008/06/thematic-photographic-wood.html

creme brulee aka GH said...

at the moment more wood is showing up in my small workshop than i can handle. birdhouse production will have to increase.

gord h.

Barb said...

Again, I had a great time with this TP. I got to go through some photos I haven't looked at for awhile. Come visit and see my photos of wood, in various forms. Thanks, again, Carmi!

http://picturethisatlast.blogspot.com/2008/06/thematic-photographic-4-wood.html

Beverly said...

Putting up my wood picture now.

www.beverlywhitcomb.blogspot.com

carrie said...

love the wood theme and your photo as well. I love the knots on bare wood.

I had a hard time picking one for this week's. I love photographing trees, but in the end I choose something else.

Find it Here

Moogie said...

Well, since I'm behind the times, I played #3 and #4...they aren't good but they are a start. I LOVE this Carmi! Great idea!

http://www.moogiesworld.com/archives/2008/06/thematic_photog.php

smarmoofus said...

Hi Carmi... I agree with the others. The first thought I had when I only glanced at your photo was that it resembled the pictures I've seen of Jupiter. Very interesting shot. I'm up a bit earlier this week, as I was so excited about this that I couldn't wait to tackle it.

-smarmoofus

swile67 said...

Hi Carmi, First, thank you for taking the time to answer my question in considerable detail...I found it very helpful! I am trying to think outside the box when I take these pics but sometimes, I am "stumped" at how to approach the subject differently! Anyways, your comments were helpful..thank you!
Secondly, here is my contribution for wood so far from my archives...will give it thought and be on the look out while I jet off to Ireland! Hopefully, I can post some while over in the Emerald Isle in the next 3 weeks! i look forward to looking at everyone's pics! Here is my link:

http://swile67.blogspot.com/2008/06/thematic-photographic-wood.html

Jenelle said...

Like several other people have said, that looks like another planet. Neat shot! I saw this when you posted about it on Wordless Wednesday a few weeks ago and am just now getting around to participating. My not-as-cool-as-yours wood photo is up at http://mommyinthewoods.blogspot.com/2008/06/thematic-photography-wood.html

me said...

Carmi
I am cheating, let me know if that's ok or if I should wait for my camera issues to resolve.

http://spottychop.blogspot.com/2008/06/thematic-photographic-4-wood.html

I am digging what everyone is doing. Now to find the time to comment on all of your blogs

me said...

DRAT - did i forget to leave the link? http://spottychop.blogspot.com/2008/06/thematic-photographic-4-wood.html

Lee said...

Yay, I got it done, I have been wanting to do this since I saw your blog... here is my entry for the Wood Theme, I will post the photo the next time I update my blog, but for now here is the link :-)

http://flickr.com/photos/leequebee/2620107594/

Susan said...

I've posted one "wood" picture on each blog, here and here.

I have a bunch of "wood" photos--I may post some more.

Bernie said...

Always a thought provoking image from you, so much so, here am I now just adding my '2 cents' worth! No, seriously, we have been busy with painting our house and have just come to add my contribution!

It is an oldie, but still (for this time of year, very topical... Twisted

Susan said...

I can't stop!

I've posted two more: here and here.

Robin said...

Hey Carmi ~

Not blogging much this week since we're at the beach, B U T, when I realized several photos I had taken fit your theme, I decided to post them now :).

Pensieve’s TP Wood Photos

Thanks, friend!

~ Robin

sunshineleneforlife said...

this meme is interesting...i wanna join. hope to post my entry later tonight.