Two Tramps In Mud Time By Robert Frost

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“The sun was warm but the wind was chill.

You know how it is with an April day.

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When the sun is out and the wind is still,

You’re one month on in the middle of May.

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But if you so much as dare to speak,

a cloud come over the sunlit arch,

And wind comes off a frozen peak,

And you’re two months back in the middle of March.”

DSC_0397Robert Frost, Two Tramps In Mud Time, 1926

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family


I try to join again with Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

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Hope you enjoyed it! 🙂

New Picture Critique by Otto von Münchow


Otto von Münchow has generously created his own program called New Picture Critique and he has run it twice.

The photo below was the photo that I submitted for the second New Picture Critique and you can read Otto’s comment as follow:

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This is a photograph with a poignant ambiance. It radiates calmness, peace and tranquility. Compositional it’s quite simple with few elements. The sun has just set behind the horizon with a lone duck smoothly moving across a darkening pond. Its passage creates subtle waves which breaks the stillness of the water. The world is about to go to sleep. The colours in this image are intense and beautiful, and I really like the limited colour palette with only tones of various oranges and reddish. The duck is nicely placed in the golden triangle – or one third in from the left and bottom edges – which is a traditional compositional technique to create a more dynamic arrangement in a picture. In the background – the shoreline on the other side of the pond – we see a lush landscape of a deciduous forest which increases the rural and tranquil atmosphere. I would have loved to see the trees more clearly against the sky, as a sharp silhouette against a more intense and burning sky. As it is now the trees blend in a little with the sky. One way to achieve more separation is by locally increase the contrast and brighten the sky quite a bit. That will also bring out even more saturated colours in the sky. You have chosen to place the horizon high up in the image. I like that; it creates a vibrant and forceful baseline for the composition. Maybe you should have considered the opposite, though, placing the horizon equally low in the image instead. I don’t know how the sky looked like, but I think it might have been more interesting than the monotonous pond in the foreground. The colours in the pond are great, but it’s a big empty space. By moving the camera up, and maybe even lowering yourself and the camera’s position at the same time, you would also have the duck visually getting closer to the viewer by getting closer to the edge of the frame. Still it’s a beautiful picture, I really like.

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My lesson learned:

I think the photo above is lack of dimension. Maybe that’s why Otto suggested me to move the camera up and lowering myself and the camera at the same time. But as far as I could remember I already lowered myself by laid my back on the rock nearby and instead of moving the camera up I did the opposite way. This is why now I’m practicing about moving the camera up or down when shooting landscape. I noted also about the contrast and composition.

Thank you very much for your constructive criticism, Otto. I really do appreciate it and hopefully I could improve myself.

Have A Blessed Sunday!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Escape


“Hi Inge, colors to escape from monochrome …,” said Frizztext on his comment at my previous post, Weekly Photo Challenge (WPC): Colour.

Hmmm…that is a great idea to join this week theme of WPC: Escape! But I decided to chose monochrome to escape from colours.

So here my entry for this week theme:

Bear it in mind that I am in a learning process to understand about B&W photos. I’ll be back with another post of what I’ve learned so far. So any feedback or constructive comments are welcome. Thank you in advance. 🙂

Have a great weekend ahead. 🙂

*Camera: Nikon D3100 and E10i

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Black and White or Sepia Tones

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This is my very first time joining Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge. The reason why I join it for this week theme is because I’m currently forcing myself to shooting in Black and White photos as I’ve mentioned it on my early post here: Ongoing Project.

To me shooting in B&W mode is more complicated than the colour one.

Here my entry for Black and White or Sepia Tones theme:

Hope you enjoyed it. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

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Sunset is a time when the sun kisses the horizon and the time when he gives a kiss goodbye to the daytime. Enough for today.

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Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight,

Red sky in morning, shepherd’s warning.

This is my entry for Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss