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Shirley Bracken

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« on: December 22, 2009, 08:45:24 AM »

This is not about the quality of this photo.  It is a bad photo but it demonstrates natural laws.  Do you know how shadows and reflections act?  Do you see the mystery in the shadow?  Can you explain it?  It took me a while to figure it out.  How about you?  

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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2009, 11:39:04 AM »

I guess this is an art question and this site deals mostly with camera mechanics.  I just thought it was an interesting and confusing photograph.  

I did not retouch it at all.  This is the way I took it.  I'll bet Wayne knows!  Then again maybe everyone knows.  

Does anyone else have some strange effects photos.  Something you did not conger up?  I'd like to see them.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2009, 12:47:35 PM »

Well, I for one would like to see a lot more about art and a lot less about technicals!

The photo is initially unsettling to look at, but as soon as you look closer, it is obvious what's happening, as the sun is at an angle to the lens.
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2009, 01:04:25 PM »

Hi Lois.  Yes, to me it is about art.  Surely we must learn to use our equipment but that's not the part I am passionate about.  Color and composition and unusual things is what it is about to me.  

As for this photo, yes the reflection and the shadow are confusing but they are separate things.  The mystery to me is why the head of the flower does not create a shadow beyond the lily pad.  The confusion as to shadow vs reflection is another issue.

Do you have some photos to show?  I'd like to see your work. (Oh duh, found your site.  Wonderful work!!!  Love the Raku shot.  I do pottery (raku too)and sculpting, and firing too, also not on my site) I have not put my photography on my site.  It only has my painting on it.  

Maybe we should start a thread of unusual shots.  I am not a sunset picture taker.  I like the unusual!
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2009, 04:39:15 AM »

Hi Shirley - ah, I see what you were getting at. I guess you used a polariser or happened on the right angle so the reflection in the water vanishes?

Nice to meet another potter here
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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2009, 05:58:24 AM »

Hi Lois.  How much throwing do you do?  Do you have a kiln?  I'd like to see your pottery work.  Your photography rocks.  Do you ever do sculpting?

I am more into sculpture.  I build life size children and then mold and cast them.  My husband is more the potter.  He absolutely loves Rakuing.  I am on this site to learn how to use my Epson 4880.  Mostly what I'm learning right now is color management.  I got a good print yesterday.

We are both into photography and always have been.  We both have the digital Canon XTi, love them!  Among many other 35mm.

Actually the reflection is there, it's the shadow that is not.  The head of the flower's shadow is missing.  And no, I did not use a polarizing lens.

I am a moderator on another, more art related, site.  This site is more technical and about the equipment rather than the art.  But that is what I'm after here.  

I am however glad to meet you and just talk about art.  This is the coffee corner so I guess that's OK.  

Do you have any mystery shots?  I wanted this to be the mystery shot thread but no one wants to play but us.  Thanks for the interest!
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2009, 09:45:02 AM »

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Do you have any mystery shots?  I wanted this to be the mystery shot thread but no one wants to play but us.  Thanks for the interest!

I find the "mystery shot" idea fascinating. I have a couple, but they're from back in film days, so I can't post them until I scan them. I'll try to put one up soon.


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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2009, 09:48:52 AM »

I'm going to start a mystery shoots thread... I think it will be more interesting then the same ole same ole.  I've seen too many railroad tracks headed off into the misty morn.
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