Morning Perspective

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This is one of my favorite new flowers, especially when the first rays of sun peak through the trees to the east in a way that lights it’s golden petals. I love the loose blooming style and the red stems. They also have a long blooming season and are easy to dead-head. I wish I knew it’s name as I don’t think I got an information tag with it and don’t even remember where I purchased it. Can anyone out there help me?

This is in response to Becky’s Square Perspective challenge.

Perspective from my Swing

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My summertime ritual is to have my first or second cup of coffee on my front porch, sitting on my purple porch swing, surveying my front garden. This seems to ground me, helping to draw my perspective closer to things I have control over, or delude myself into believing I have control. Lately my gaze seems to becoming even narrower to the pot of begonias I have at my feet. They are bringing me a great deal of joy.

I am finding that my perspective needs to expand to keep abreast of the US political problems and pandemic, and even further to other hot spots in the world. But I can only take in so much of this big picture before I need to draw back to those things that settle and sooth me.

I think I will have some fun participating in Becky’s July theme of “The Art of Perspective.” Click to join in the fun.

Land of the Giants

054I knew these puppies were big because I saw a blade on a semi bed, but they seem to shrink in size once they are placed at a distance in the wide open places. To get a perspective of size, look at the poles that support electrical wires – on the front, right side of the photo.

It seems like our naked eye can do a pretty good job of seeing perspective and judging size because we see in 3-D and observe movement. Getting correct perspective of size with a camera is more difficult. I got a lot of practice on our trip to the prairie, the mountains, and the ocean. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn’t – all a part of learning and always fun.

These were in northern Oregon, close to the Columbia River. For more fun exploring how size matters, visit the Two Cent Tuesday Challenge at:

http://acrossthebored.com/2013/09/24/two-cents-tuesday-challenge-size/

AAA – African Art & Affect

Affect is a psychological term that refers to the feelings and emotions that are seen when we observe another person. People reflect what they are feeling inside and we can see those feelings through careful observation of their nonverbal behavior.

I am thinking outside the psychological box today and reflecting on how the images we capture with our cameras elicit different emotions in our viewers when we take them from different perspectives. We can capture the “affect” of people in portraits but we can also “create” affect in inanimate objects by altering our perspective in relationship to the object.

Last February the Naples Botanical Gardens had an exhibit of African art. This piece is titled Seduction and was created by Joe Mutasa.

Seduction, by Joe Mutasa, Zimbabwe; Medium: Springstone

How we perceive her seductive nature is very different in this first photo than what we see in the second photo taken from the front. The drastic difference wasn’t evident to me until I was editing the photos.

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I have found that moving slightly to the right or left when photographing a path or road can make a dramatic difference in the feeling elicited when viewing the image. I usually take several macro photos of the same flower and find that moving just a fraction of an inch up or down creates an entirely different emotional tone in the final image.

I am still at the beginning of the very long photography learning curve and this African Art increased my awareness of how much the emotion elicited by my photography is determined by how I frame my subject matter. Taking pictures is great fun but I have as much fun editing and choosing which images to use to convey what I want viewers to experience.

We would love to see what your brain sees when you think of the letter A. You can join Frizz’s Challenge at:

http://flickrcomments.wordpress.com/2013/07/04/aaa-challenge-4/

 

Perspective

We each have a different perspective of how we see the world, events, each other. Our perspective shapes our sense of self and our expectations making it so important to be continually aware of our perspective and to be open to viewing life from different perspectives.

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How often have we seen opportunities for relationships and fun and work as too impossible, too high, too long, too wide, too scary, too hard? I’m a thinker and a planner. I like these qualities in myself because they have helped me make a lot of good decisions and helped me have a very rewarding, successful career. I have noticed, however, that sitting and thinking about, well everything, can immobilize me. You know that chair in my special little room in my house that I have shared with you? Well it provides me a very limited perspective of the world. And as I think about moving from it, all that it will take to accomplish my many goals and projects, well I can think myself into inertia. It seems funny that I can think myself into being tired before I’ve even moved. When I change my perspective to the other side of having accomplished a goal, I am energized. 

I guess I know what I need to do as soon as I publish this post!

This post on perspective is in response to Jake’s Sunday Post. If you want to increase your ability to see life from multiple perspectives you can give Jake a visit at:

http://jakesprinters.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/sunday-post-perspective/