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

 

 

 

 

 

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: Growth

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Growth. That’s the theme of Weekly Photo Challenge for this week.

I didn’t know what to post for this week theme until I got my best picture of my beloved cat just yesterday! I’ve been taking photos of my 16 months-old cat but never got his best posed! It’s not because he keeps moving when I take his photos unless he fall asleep, but I think he’s a camera-shy, LOL. His name is Budi, an Indonesian name. I love him and his mom to bits.

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

My Budi was observing the birds

I used to didn’t like a cat, any cats, and never thought in a million years to pet any. It’s strange enough to think how my love to them is growing day by day ever since I got them. It’s even more strange when I look back at the time when I was deciding which one of my two kittens, Budi and his brother Owen, to be given away. Budi wasn’t close enough to me compared to Owen. He always looked scare and timid. He would run away every time I tried to hold him. It was totally opposite to Owen that was very friendly and easy going.

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

My Budi

My initial plan was to keep Owen with me and giving Budi away to anyone who looked for a pet because I thought Budi and I were not bound to be together due to his behaviour at the time. No point to keep him if he didn’t like me. At the same time I felt sorry for him if he had to go. I was worried whether he could get on with his new owner and surroundings since he always run away every time some friends came to my place. I was totally in a dilemma. I had some discussions with some friends about which one I should kept. When finally I had decided to keep Owen instead of Budi then a weird thing happened! Soon after I said to my friend on the phone that I would keep Owen, Budi jumped straight away to my lap and sat there quietly and let me stroked him for the first time ever! I felt like he was telling and begging me to not giving him away to anybody! It really was a strong feeling at that time.

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

My Kitty Mama

That is why he is living with me now. We are growing to love and trust each other more and more, day by day. He is my little boy. Budi and his mom, Kitty mama, have changed my perception about cats, the ones that I used to didn’t like it…

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Growth

Budi and Kitty Mama. What a copy cat!

We are so meant to be, guys…

Weekly Photo Challenge: Create


This week theme of Weekly Photo Challenge is CREATE. So I wanted to upload three different types of photos of mine in order to interpret the theme.

Here we go!

Last Sunday I and five friends of mine were going to The National White Water Centre for rafting. The centre is located on the River Tryweryn in Snowdonia, Wales. We were doing rafting for about two hours and it CREATED so much fun and excitement! We enjoyed it so much and we had a good laugh together. That’s the first one.

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Rafting with friends

The second one is the photo of my solar powered lanterns that I just bought last weekend and put them on my back garden. The colour of the lights keep changing and it’s really nice to watch it. I shot it from my first floor. Obviously I didn’t create those lanterns. By putting them on my back garden then it is a part of my CREATION to decorate for, LOL.

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

The final one is about the nature. Who does CREATE the nature? Whoever the Master behind the nature, I always admire it! Every time I admire them I always remember How Great Thou Art‘s song.

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Wall Lettuce

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Daisy Flowers

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

Apiaceae, known as carrot or parsley family, with an insect

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

A lost sheep?

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

River Tryweryn

That’s all! Hope everybody enjoys my entry for this week. 🙂

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

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I took this photograph of the sun a week ago on my way back home. The sun was CLOSE to disappear due to sunset. I kept taking the photographs from inside my friend’s car while he was driving it.

 My Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

These objects, the ladybirds and the flies, which I don’t know the name and type of those flies, were very CLOSE to me when I was busy shooting the wild flowers in a country park. They were close to me and they were very close to each other in terms of distance.

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

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My Weekly Photo Challenge: Close

Those pictures are my entry for Weekly Photo Challenge: Close this week.

Have a Blessed Sunday to everyone and Happy Father’s day to every dad around the world and a dad to be. 🙂

My ‘Supermini’ Lambs at The Dyfi Valley

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I took these pictures when I went to Lake Bala on Easter Holiday this year. The location is in Dyfi Valley. I lost words to describe the beauty of this place. The view is just amazing around there!

Here a picture of The Dyfi Valley.

My 'Supermini' Lambs at The Dyfi Valley

A View of The Dyfi Valley

And here my ‘supermini’ lambs.

My 'Supermini' Lambs at The Dyfi Valley

My ‘Supermini’ Lambs at The Dyfi Valley (Nature Photography)

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My 'Supermini' Lambs at The Dyfi Valley

My ‘Supermini’ Lambs at The Dyfi Valley (Nature Photography)

Don’t they look ‘supermini’ scaled to the rod? 😀

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

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Few days ago I posted my poem about being together Till The End. Well let’s say it was a poem based on my standard which I really am not good at it. And this week the theme of Weekly Photo Challenge is Together. What a coincidence!

So here my entry for this week:

My Weekly Photo Challenge: Together

My cats: Kitty Mama and her son, Budi

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I wish everybody have a wonderful weekend.