Private Gardens and such – Snapshot of the Day, No. 256

Basically a "Keep Out" sign in the garden at the Chickamauga Creek Greenway.
Basically a “Keep Out” sign in the garden at the Chickamauga Creek Greenway.

Joe and I met at the Greenway after work today to get a walk in. This is the garden they tend to. I honestly don’t know anything about it, but I’m assuming the food harvested from it goes to charity.

Today I decided to do something a little different for a change. I decided to upload several shots I worked on throughout the day today.

The object of this project is essentially to become a better shooter. I only allow myself one chance per image to see if I can get a good shot. (And I usually only get one chance per day to shoot anything)

It is supposed to teach me to previsualize better. Most photographers shoot tons of images to get only a few really good ones. One exception is Vivian Maier, of course. She was phenomenal, and a great inspiration to me. I have read she rarely took more than one frame per subject.

But the project is also forcing me to think about and create photography every day. More than half-way through, I have discovered two things: 1. You can make time if you really want to do something, and 2. You can take a decent photo no matter where you are standing – if you really look at your surroundings.

Old tree and sunset at the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway. And a "Drink Coke" napkin holder at Nikki's drive-in.
Old tree and sunset at the North Chickamauga Creek Greenway. And a “Drink Coke” napkin holder at Nikki’s drive-in.

As we were leaving the Greenway, the sun was setting behind my favorite tree there. I just had to take a photo. This and the photo next to it, our table at Nikki’s during lunch today, were both taken with a cell camera. It kills me these lenses are sharper than a couple of my 35mm camera’s lenses. Come to think about it, the main shot was shot with a cell camera, too.

So I’ve discovered a third thing: The most valuable camera you own IS the one you have with you.

Pomegranates in a polyptych format.
Pomegranates in a polyptych format.

And the very first images I took today were shot by window light in my laundry room this morning. I used my macro lens for these. The goal: to get good enough to shoot for magazines or other commercial prospects.

Anyway, thanks for being interest to get to the bottom of this page. I appreciate it more than you know.



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