Thursday, September 11, 2008

A pitcher's curve

Thirsty yet?
Toronto, ON, July 2008
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About this photo: We're working our way through this week's Thematic Photographic theme, closeup. I hope you'll share your own closeup view of your world. Just click here to get started on your own thematic adventure. Caption This also needs some love. Click here for that.
What I love about photography is the way scenes seem to present themselves, almost out of the blue. You could be sitting at the table chatting about nothing in particular, when suddenly something catches your eye and you feel an immediate need to break the camera out and start shooting.

The scene need not be extraordinarily spectacular. In fact, it's usually something plainly ordinary. A little snippet of everyday life that suddenly draws attention to itself because of the way it's positioned, the way light hits it, or the way you're feeling at this particular moment.

I love the feeling I get when that inspiration hits.

Your turn: Do you?


Anonymous said...

I too love the feeling when inspiration hits me and creativity flows out of it. Lately I am under a slump. I can't read. Hence no reviews either. That saddens me.

I like your question.

Unknown said...

Oh yes, I agree! Last night Rob and I played a game of chess and inspiration hit me... that's it, a closeup of the chess game!

TP has been good for me. You are an inspiration carmi.. I find myself exploring more into other areas of photography, it's great!

Driftwood and Pumpkin said...

Great shot for the theme, Carmi. I like looking at someting's lines and form. Taking something ordinary and making it almost abstract. I posted my second photo today here.

G. Harrison said...

Excellent post, carmi.

When I started marathoning I came across a runner's quote that hit me right:

"Start slow, then taper off."

I laughed out loud at the time and have since used the following on many occasions, related to running and life:

"Go slow and enjoy the view."

We rush to explore the big, wide world don't we, and miss a myriad of beautiful things that lie close at hand?

Your picture proves that beauty is omni-present and reveals itself to those who move, watch and breathe slowly.

Absolutely love it.


gord h.

Anonymous said...

Firstly, thank you so much for what you do. I'm not exactly sure how I leapfrogged to your page; I'm so glad I did!!

I do love that jolt of inspiration. The big (BIG) question lies in what exactly to do with it. Does one hoard it as their personal treasure? Do they share it? Through what medium?

I know I'll sound kind of old here (rightfully so...), but I wonder about the advent of camera phones and the like - the sheer volume of photos seems to somehow, to me, diminish the sacredness of that moment.

Just sayin'...

Megan said...

Thanks for commenting back.

I love how you can take the simplest thing of fishing, and have something so beautiful to say about it. I guess thats why you do what you do. Duh.

I like to think I'm "deep", but the words just don't come out quite "pretty".

You should check out my sisters site. She another one of those great story tellers!!! You can get to it through my site, it's called - get this, her names Dianne - "Couldn't you just Di". Now that's the creativity that I'm talking about!!!!!

Mojo said...

Are you kidding? I'm the guy who shoots fungus in his yard.

I love it when inspiration presents itself and I actually have my camera with me. Unfortunately I'm not in a position where that's routine. I've toyed with the idea of getting a "more portable" unit -- Canon has several point-and-shoot models that are pretty reasonable -- but the "purist" in me would find the lack of control frustrating I'm sure.

But then there are those times when it's probably best that I don't have a camera handy. I'm pretty sure the red-haired woman I see eating her lunch on the bench near the parking deck every day would get completely creeped out if some random guy suddenly started snapping pictures of her. But the first time I saw her there, all I could think was what a great photo she would make. The light was completely wrong that time of day, but I adjusted for it in the darkroom of my mind... And I think Photoshop would handle my adjustments just fine.

But I'm less sure that my subject would handle it so well.

Allan Sorensen said...

I do not find that picture to be in any way representative of photographic art.
What's being admired here is design.

I like THIS photograph

carmilevy said...

Allan: Um, OK.

Don't recall stating that the original pic was "photographic art". But, hey, thanks so much for your constructive perspective on my approach to photography.