Monday, April 13, 2009

DON'T LEAVE ME HANGING ON - MONOCHROME ODDSHOTS

Suspended in Gaffa.... tape

Monochrome Odd Shots


One leaf left, not five. I hope you have suspended your be(leaf) enough ( ouch! that pun even hurt my sensibilities) to go ooh ah at the floating leaf I found. Of course it's not floating at all. It's not gaffa taped either though. In fact it's so simple and I'm sure most of you have twigged how it hanging there. Of course it's trapped in a spider's web. Simply tilting the camera at an angle and slight underexposing on the setting prevents the backlight, the natural sunlight from highlighting the spider's web. We could pretend it's magical fairies at work and I could wax lyrical all day about the symbolism of the image, the fragility, the creative thought process that lead me to capture the special moment, but that would be poppycock. It's an image that just happened to be on my route to work, within the nature reserve. Of course I have the camera, the time, the inclination to manipulate the conditions to let the camera lie to you and create an illusion of mystical magic beyond human control. Rubbish! It's just a photographer's bag of tricks, blocking the light to detract an element from the image that is not required. Anyone who tells you otherwise is being far too pretentious for there own good and really doesn't understand photography, and what fun photography can be.


Click Katney for your odd shot quirks . Click Aileni for your monochrome maniacs.



It's getting to very busy time here,Literally working every day. The Laxey Blues Festival, The Isle of Man TT, Ramsey Rocks. In other words posts will be as and when, as my camera is needed elsewhere. Obviously I will share some with you, but one needs to eat and pay bills too so you can not have the best images I take those are either exclusive or retail. If I post an archive or a rough I'll let you know and I may occasionally miss a neme, or day but I'll be around in my unpretentious, soapbox style. I'd rather be honest, than wimp out and play the game just to ingratiate myself to people, it's call being genuine. One piece of good news.....


We are going to get the Watchmen at the cinema. Pester power works.

almoimo

42 comments:

Gaelyn said...

Excellent shot. Try not to work too hard Babooshka.

Pam said...

You clever. Bi...! Don't be so modest!

Clueless in Boston said...

A suspended leaf, I guess you'll need that to watch the Watchmen.

Have a great Monday and upcoming week. Work is good for the soul and helps keep the body together. Many who are without work wouldn't complain about working.

Bim said...

Nice floating leaf - yes, do trick us! We like that.

George Townboy said...

Workaholic! Great shot. Just caught up - been missing in action lately. Carry on. LOL

Kathy said...

If you could post any Blues shots I'd be grateful as I am unable to get across this year. Great blog.

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Virginia said...

B
Don't spill the beans. Let us think you are the ever observant photographer finding the gems in the wilds! Good one today. You're so nice to share all your deep dark secrets.
V

Greyscale Territory said...

Love the wire textures behind the "suspended" leaf! Interesting artistic effect!

Carver said...

Cool shot. I love the way it looks like it's suspended.

Mojo said...

Gah! Considering I spent my day today trying to erect a chain link fence by myself (definitely not the recommended crew size!) I almost hyperventilated when I saw this. But I'm okay now. And it is a lovely -- if odd -- shot.

Still, I think I'll go visit your butterfly next post down though to tame my nerves.

bettyl said...

Good eye for a clever subject. Makes me want to be more observant in my own world.

Aileni said...

Nice choice but you didn't fool me with your tape...:)

QWuite understand your need to eat.

magiceye said...

stunning!
as usual! :)

Anonymous said...

Cool

Mariz said...

love the depth and contrasts here, nice!

raf said...

Thanks for the low down and tips, Baboosh. We can always get the straight talk here and that's what we count on.

mrsnesbitt said...

So touched to read the IOM is getting ready for our impending visit!

imac said...

At least its work pleasure.
Love your floating feather too.

Bibi said...

I too love these little bits of serendipity that Nature presents us.

Liz said...

You are very knowldegeable about photos. I just point and click. Which explains why your photos are always so good!

Regina said...

So creative..nice shot.

Anne-Berit said...

Nice shot!

Elaine Dale said...

liked the photo and the poppycock!

John said...

Great captured for both themes.

Gypsy at heart said...

You have to be observant to find those little things and turn them into a thing of beauty to share.
Very nice.

http://wanderingwonderinggypsy.blogspot.com/

Small City Scenes said...

Of couse it's magical----we do believe!!!

I go to the Fest every July in Ritzville here. Love it!!! MB

kazu said...

It's cool! Nice atmosphere.
Great photo. I like it!

Daryl said...

Here if you used what we call Gaffer's Tape or Electrician's Tape you would see it as its silver in color .. THAT aside those spiders spin webs far more encasing then Gaffa or Gaffer's Tape!

Hilda said...

That's a cool camera trick with great results!

Good luck with all the work — it's fantastic that you're very busy. More than what a lot of other people can say, unfortunately.

And enjoy the Watchmen! It was great fun. My husband will have a thing or two to say about it, but it won't be very positive. Didn't stop him from getting the comic book (sorry, graphic novel) though. And I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

Ladynred said...

Beautiful shot and very interesting!

Dusty Lens said...

I be-leaf the natural element is a wonder no matter how we compose our photos. Nature to has its tricks to surprise us with levitating leaves.

Catherine said...

Love the picture, love your sincerity. And the joy I feel when you're talking us about your at the same time, profession and hobby.

m said...

Touche petal.

PixieKatten said...

I love the shot. Very poetic! :)

Dina ... UK said...

Oh, and i thought it was those fairy's...lol

Marie Reed said...

Watchmen here you come!

SandyCarlson said...

That's a wonderful shot! Love it.

Dragonstar said...

Love your leaf, B. Makes a great shot.

Samantha ~ Holly and Zac ~ said...

Hehe.. i also like to think it is those fairies!.

Thank you for your lovely comments on my blog. :-)

Mo said...

Of course work must come first. Sounds like a lot of fun events to be photographed.

Babooshka said...

Looking forward to photographing the blues festival most.

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