Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Just a Picture Taker

I began a blog to share my gardens... 
but somewhere along the path I've discovered... 

I really do love the thrill of capturing an image.

And it tickles me when someone else delights 
in the scene I create.

Alpine Meadow in September
"How can This Grandmother’s Garden fantastic photo not be a winner?  She clearly understands the contest theme “Fill the Frame” – the photo is carefully cropped, using the entire canvas to achieve a nice balance of meadow and woods.  The focal point is nicely off center and I really get a sense of a vibrant, verdant mountain meadow.  I want to be there.

Thanks for your strong entry to the GGW contest. Really nice cropping allows you to fill the frame and have a precise focal point. I think a slightly lower down camera position might have allowed those main flowers (Rudbeckias ?) to be taller and fill up that side a bit more with your story."                                                                     

                                                                                                      ~Saxon Holt, Photographer




When the voices of children are heard on the green
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast
And everything else is still.
                    ~William Blake

"This photo teaches us a lot about thinking outside the box, ah … er, garden! This is a fun and endearing moment, and the accompanying poetry (William Blake !) sends the whole thing off the chart of our expectations. I really like the orange glow, the black silhouettes, the highlighted edges and the three quirky poses. A Silver Medal award to This Grandmother’s Garden shot of her grandchildren in silhouette. This is a photo that moves beyond the ordinary and makes art out of the ordinary.”    
                                                                                                           ~Charles Mann, Photographer


Columbine in  the Wild Meadow


I'm just a Picture Taker, not really a photographer 
and I have so much to learn...  

but I'm lovin' every step of my journey!


Bird Seed


Throughout this new year,
 I'll be sharpening my picture taking skills...
maybe I'll actually  learn to use my camera properly.


Who knows?

Maybe I'll graduate 
to become a camera-person someday.




More Please


"It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. 
You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. 
But in photography everything is so ordinary; 
it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the extraordinary."
                                                                                ~David Bailey (b. 1938), British photographer


I think I better spend a little time
working on my imagination, too!






Welcome to my gardens!
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and your comments sweet nectar that keeps me posting.
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36 comments:

  1. You know I'm not the best - I just snap photos and it's either clear or grainy. :) Maybe someday I'll have time to study up on it but I do appreciate a great photo.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  2. Beautiful captures Carolyn. Lovely quotes too. The photo of the kids is my favorite. I remember the top two also.

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  3. Your photos are stunning now, don't know how you could improve.
    Judith

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  5. Dear Readers,
    This comment form is great. But you must use it correctly. If you do, you are rewarded by more visitors who may click on your name and be taken magically to your own blog. I am actually following those steps here now. You may choose which platform to use or simply sign in as "Guest". Add your email, your name and then go down to the tiny blue letters that say *optional link to your website. Click on it and then provide the URL to your site. Your comment will immediately post and your name automatically becomes the link to your site.
    Ta Da!

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  6. Funny Cher, you're better than you think you are. :)

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  7. That's my favorite, too! Beautiful memory of fun visit to a few of my grand-kiddos.

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  8. Thanks, Judith. First step is to really learn my camera... it can do much more than I'm allowing it to do.

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  9. Jen @ MuddybootdreamsFebruary 6, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    You always take great photos, I love what you have shared with us.

    Jen

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  10. Donna@Gardens Eye ViewFebruary 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Just a picture taker who has an artistic eye...I love the lst quote as I believe it does take so much more to find that extraordinary shot and then capture it...I hope to learn to use my camera properly too

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  11. Great photos Carolyn, the sunset one of the children is fantastic. I think you already know how to use your camera quite well.

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  12. Thanks, Jen. That means a lot to me.

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  13. I think I recall that you and I both have been saying that for awhile now. Let's make this the year!

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  14. That pic was taken right after I got my new camera... I think I just got lucky. It is a pretty nice camera, but mostly I use it like it's a point and shoot. It can do so much more.

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  15. Oh Wow Carolyn, Your photos are already stunning, I look forward to seeing more of them...

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  16. Good for you! Your pictures are lovely. I've been wanting a new camera for a while. I hope I do as well as you.

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  17. And I look forward to your visiting again sweet friend.

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  18. One step at a time, one foot in front of the other... thanks for coming!

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  19. Sunset magic is more than a picture!

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  20. I'm just a picture-taker, too. I love that last quote. I never thought about how painting could be easier than photography, but yes, now that I think about it, I agree. Congrats on the Silver Medal. All of your photos are wonderful.

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  21. Your photos are beautiful and this post is so inspirational. I find as I blog I want to take better pictures so I can bring my readers into the story.

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  22. Hmmm, I think you are already a camera person! :D
    Hugs,
    Beth P

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  23. Wow, I am so impressed with that second photo! It is truly special! I am not a photographer, either, and I also have been thinking that maybe this will be the year I learn all that my camera can do. I really should, because I love taking pictures almost as much as I love gardening.

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  24. Congratulations, Carolyn. I always enjoy your photos. They take me to a dreamy place--always a treat!

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  25. You are right! To me it is a beautiful memory with grandchildren I adore. They live so far away.

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  26. Thank you Holley... so nice to know another "Picture Taker".

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  27. Thank you Shirley... follow the steps as they are presented to post. It really isn't hard but different from blogger.

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  28. You are sweet. Hugs right back!

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  29. Let's form a "Picture Taker" club and commit to learning our cameras!

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  30. Oh I want to go to that dreamy place... sounds inviting!

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  31. I love columbine and its grace in a fully green garden! I mostly like flowers in white color so that is why again describing about white one but all other remaining pictures are nice too !

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  32. Sandy @ french laundry 132February 11, 2013 at 11:03 PM

    the first two photos really are that amazing!! Actually I love all of your photography because ah yes, you are a photographer!

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  33. Fantastic.. All the things I love...Gardening, flowers. & taking photos/ I won't say photography yet...maybe when I've learnt how to use the new camera I bought for my other half !!... I want to be able to take better pictures instead of aim & shoot. Your photos are lovely, however for me the one that stands out the most, is the silhouette of your grandchildren and deserves the silver award you were given, Well done. Love the idea of forming a photo club then perhaps I'll learn where I'm going wrong.
    best wishes Barbara

    I'm so happy I've found your blog. from Judith at 'Lavender Cottage.

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  34. Thanks Carolyn, I've been researching new comment platforms and will likely start using Disqus on my blog soon too!

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  35. Disqus is making big changes next week and I'm not sure I will like them. Stay tuned.

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  36. hmmm, okay I'll wait and do more research. I want to encourage more comments and discussion on my site too. Some of my friends don't want a google account and don't like being "anonymous" either.

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