Photography and Transience

When thinking about the subject matter for this week’s photo challenge, I came to the realization that most of my photography as a amateur hobbyist is about capturing pictures of something that I am experiencing from a transient perspective, even if that transience is simply from the perspective of my own experience and circumstance and not necessarily because the physical scenario that I am dealing with.  For example, if I were to go to a new place or a place I do not visit often, perhaps, as a tourist, I would be more inclined to take pictures of that place than somebody who lives in that place and sees the same thing day after day. The experience is transient for me and I am trying to capture my transient moment with a picture.

But this definition might be too broad, and might indeed be true of the mindset for all of the pictures one takes!  This viewpoint is not limiting enough to provide some sort of focus.  For the purposes of this blog, I will share some pictures about the transiency of the sunrise and sunset, and of fog, and aircraft in the air.  If you are not there at the right place and at the right time, and under the right conditions, and if you do not react when needed, you have missed the transient phenomena.  You do not know how long you will have to wait to encounter the same situation again.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_7692OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_1353IMG_6911OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIMG_6757The

A Focus on Focus

This week’s topic for the photo challenge is focus, as in the process of focusing that takes place on a device capturing a picture.  Here are some pictures where I had to pay particular attention to the focus in order to capture what I was hoping for.  If not, the results would have been quite different!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe following pictures, taken in 2008, illustrate the impact of the focus of camera very well.  I cannot remember if the effects I got were deliberate or inadvertent!  I suspect the latter.  Those were the days when one’s techniques were less developed, and one could only hope that there was some inbuilt talent and that would overcome this deficiency.  Ha, ha, ha….IMG_3171IMG_3170

Weekly Photo Challenge: Order

These pictures are from past Christmas vacations.  Most of them were taken along the sea shore.


Submitted for the weekly photo challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Evanescent

ev·a·nes·cent [evəˈnes(ə)nt]

  1. Soon passing out of sight, memory, or existence; quickly fading or disappearing.

In an expanded spirit of the theme, I have picked some pictures that may fit the theme in more ways than one.  These are all old pictures.  The situations that some of them represent can never be repeated.  Some of the others took place just because I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and this happened by chance, and it may never happen again.  They all have to do with memories.

The pictures below were taken in 2005 and 2006 respectively.  One had to be there at the right time of the year, at the right moment in time of the day, and on a day with the right conditions, to be able to see these.  The conditions along the C&O canal where these pictures were taken have also changed since the time I took them, so that these conditions may never be duplicated.  It was an evanescent moment in time that one could have said was a figment of my imagination if I did not have the pictures to show.100b1052100_3112The following picture is from 2009.  It was humid on that particular morning, and this caused the mist to rise from the railing on the bridge at Broad Run Trunk on the towpath.  I had never seen this before, and perhaps I will never see it again.  I just happened to be there at the right time.IMG_0616And then there is this series of pictures taken in 2009 of the train that appears out of the mist on a cool morning and then quickly vanishes from sight, as if it had never been there in the first place.  Nobody else was there to see it.  It was like that tree falling in the woods.  It was an evanescent experience that is only remembered today because of the pictures.IMG_0640IMG_0642IMG_0644IMG_0645The following picture is from 2005.   The broken-down building below used to be the Pennyfield Inn, and it used to be next to Pennyfield Lock. The building was built in 1879 and was finally demolished in 2009.  It is now replaced with an open space that feels like it has always been there.   (The building actually has an historical context in that President Grover Cleveland used to stay here during his fishing expeditions to this area.) The Pennyfield Inn is now just a memory.  It existed for only a fleeting moment in time in the grand scale of history, and now has disappeared. 100_0919This picture from 2005 illustrates the evanescence of the life experience.  One of the kids in this picture has just finished high school, the second is in college, and we just celebrated the college graduation of the third.   The circumstances of the old picture below are now but a distant memory.100_0344Here are other submissions to the challenge.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Danger

We encounter situations with some element of danger every once in a while when we are in the outdoors.  The determination of whether a situation is dangerous or not can be a somewhat personal conclusion sometimes.

I myself experience a sense of danger when I witness activities that involve heights and steep drop-offs. I can sense a danger in the situations below even though there are safety features that are built into the activity.IMG_2013IMG_3077In the picture below, just seeing a person near the edge of a steep drop-off makes me feel that there there is an element of danger in the situation.  Perhaps the person involved is not as concerned as I am.IMG_4683White water rafting though rapids is an activity that looks very dangerous to me.  The adrenaline junkies who take part in this sport may disagree.  The heron in the picture below does not seem to care.IMG_5306Sometimes, when you do things that are dangerous, and when you put yourself at risk, you end up needing services like the one below where other people are also forced to put themselves in danger.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASometimes dangerous situations are explicitly called out, especially if they are not that obvious. 100_0090IMG_8973Sometimes the warnings are needed simply to prevent people from doing something foolhardy in spite of  an obvious risk.IMG_9389Here is another example of the kind of danger you could face when you live near a river.IMG_2397People differ in their perception of danger, and they also react differently to what might be considered a dangerous situation.  In many cases there will even be disagreement about whether something is  dangerous or not.