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Fading

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The fading sign of a grocery formerly a stable and now a home.

Not a Clue

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I haven’t a clue what this is about or why it’s on this wall. But I walk by it often and it has grown on me.

Simple

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Sometimes simple things need a little help to make their point. I gave the reflection a little definition.

Doorway

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Not sure if this was a restaurant or a club but it had a few airs. My editing enhanced the reflections in the marble surrounding the door to underline the alley in which it was found.

Modesty

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This modest home was facing a very busy road.  

Two Doors

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They call this a semi-attached, nonetheless attached or otherwise the column between the doors drew my eye for its vintage look.

Doors and Walls

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This week is all about doors and walls. I hope you like them.

Flower No. 7

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It was the creamsicle colour that got to me. The out of focus flower is intentional as it emphasizes this unusual colour.

Flower No. 6

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I like to find flowers that appear to be in motion or that seem to be reaching out.

Flower No 5

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In an urban setting backgrounds needed to be considered, good ones are not as easy as I would like.

Flowers No.4 (Two Photographs)

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An oriental look.

Flower No. 3

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Many photography articles talk about framing your subject. The frame here of the two branches on either side are an example, even if out of focus.

Flower No. 2

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I’m a fan of visualizing what I want my final photo to look like, my success is growing. In this case the flowered bush just seem to explode into view as I turned a corner.

Flower No.1 (Two Photographs)

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I decided to do a week of flower photography. I missed the annual Tulip festival for the second time in two years but I made up for that in the gardens of my neighbourhood.

Props (Two Photographs)

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Without props what would we be, some more evident than others, truth be told most of us have more than one, they reassure.

The Shadow is Greater than its Source

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A dull bench gives life to a shadow of strength and merit. A shadow by design or accident?

On the Edge of a Curb

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Are the shoes waiting in anticipation? Is it a game, a work of art, a matter of abandonment or a statement about being barefooted?

Why?

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Bricked up windows have always bothered me. They just leave us in the dark and give no clue as to what’s behind the wall. I feel cheated.

Showpiece

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One way to make your garage stand out.

Incoherence

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Incoherence is an interesting phenomenon. There are four possible reactions: to walk away, to try and understand, to excuse it for what it is, or to get angry.

Imagination (Two Photographs)

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There are two words that trigger imagination if not investigation – why and what. Making people stop and think is one way of engaging an audience.

End of the Week

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A wonderful starling decided to dance off, seemed like a good shot for the end of the week.

 

Sparrow Number 3

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Unusually this bird allowed me to get very close while its mates flew off. Maybe it liked the spot, in any event it does not look too pleased with my presence.

Perch

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This sparrow found a good spot to perch on a wall of a former church. Given the distance it never noticed me.

Pigeon

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Not sure why, but I often think birds look at me like I am nuts, and not the edible kind.

Sparrow

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A family of sparrows found a hole in the face of a small apartment building. I caught one of them going in and out of its nest. We may soon see their offspring, or at least hear them.

Starling (Three Photographs)

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Starlings are often found on the ground looking for food. But they can also be rather comical and judgemental.

Robin

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Starting off a week of urban birds with a shot of a proud robin. They are said to be a sign of spring, but in fact they stick around all year.

Jumping Spider (Three Photographs)

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They say you’re never very far from a spider. That does not mean they are easy to find or conveniently located. This one’s on the wall behind our bed. My wife called me to grab my gear and get a shot, the best of the best are here. For the record I captured him alive and released him on our balcony. Hopefully he’ll be back.

Faces

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Seeing a lot of faces lately, socially distanced of course.

Window

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Geometric patterns, especially where there are clear flaws, have a certain appeal to the curious mind.

Hail Fellow, Well Met

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Not a common sight.

Colourful

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I am increasingly finding myself taking a more studied approach as to what should be done in colour or black and white. It’s not always straightforward. 

Bird on a Post

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Most of my bird photographs were taken on reserves and in forests. I never really gave much thought to the opportunity urban birds provide.

Perfection

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It’s rare to find perfect flowers to photograph in the wild or in gardens, but you can come close.

Imposing

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This flower was large and imposing, I wanted to get a sense of that in my composition. 

Not Staged

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I am always cautious photographing people, more because I do not want to upset anyone. But this photo is a tableau, more than just about the human element.

Window

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Walking the neighbourhood, I can’t help but see windows that raise my curiosity. 

More than Enough

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I am a fan of minimalist photos like this. I pass this “garden” frequently and this photo waited till I had the right lens and light. 

Scruffy (Two Photographs)

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Urban squirrels are a great deal more wary of people than those I see in the forest. So when Scruffy sat for its portrait, I was quite pleased.

Sparrow

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Sparrows seem to be everywhere and when you can’t see them you can hear them. Nice sound to wake up to in the morning.

Pretty

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In the midst of everything else nature has a distinctly calming effect. 

Not Xmas

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Walking by a house where Christmas lingers along with some homemade summer bird houses struck me as unusual but I liked the way the bird houses looked.

Brutalism

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Brutalism is a form of architecture that really does nothing except for being functional. The pretence of many modern buildings to consider themselves fine architecture is absurdism. As a photographer mockery is within our grasp.

Not a Leading Line

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A leading line takes your audience’s eye to the subject, like a road to a house. Here the line of flowers fade into the background like exhaust from a rocket, eye catching.

What the Window Sees

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One technique I like is using window reflection to frame something that then becomes the subject; catching the eye or causing the viewer to think.

Selective Focus

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Shallow depth of field to isolate a subject is a classic technique. Another way to think about it is to call it selective focus. Like selective sharpening it’s all about highlighting a subject.

Angles

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The rule says concentrate your viewers’ eyes on the subject, make it standout. Also note that some of the worlds greatest painters create scenes with a whole lot going on, sometimes unrelated, with the sole purpose of keeping their audience occupied or telling a story. Then there is impressionism and abstract art where the subject is not always the point. For the most part photography has focused on realism and clarity more than anything else. Personally I like a lot of facets.

Bokeh

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Bokeh is the kind of background you see here, nicely out of focus. It’s possible to get this with any camera and lens, but the more blades in the lens shutter the better. A full-frame camera does not hurt but I don’t think it’s a good reason to buy a more expensive camera.

Back End of the Week

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As we see the end of a long week, a change of perspective cannot hurt.

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