It's Jennifer Larson again, sharing a recent discovery I made while taking pictures.
When it comes to symmetry versus asymmetry, I generally prefer asymmetry in my photographs. I think this is because I like including the scenery, which is easier when the subject is off center. I also like scrapbooking on the white space of photos, so asymmetry is an easier way to do that.
Last month, however, two photos I took reminded me of the power of symmetry. The first shot I took at my church. A tree in the garden was beautifully vibrant, so I set my mother and sons in front of the tree and took a few shots (all photos taken with my iPhone 6). Here's my favorite:
Not much of the color is visible, but centering the subjects against the tree trunk created a great sense of stability. It seems particularly symbolic: the powerful tree behind them elicits the power of our roots. That might be the English teacher in me overanalyzing, though. Heh.
Here's my next shot where I explored symmetry:
My son turned 12 last month. The weather was nice, so I asked him to go on our deck to take a picture. I normally offset him on the deck to capture more of the trees in the yard, but this time I set him in the corner for the shot. He put his arms on the railing, which made him seem even more centered. This is a particularly moving effect for his 12th birthday, seeing as he is growing out of little boy and into young man. Centered indeed.
Thank you for reading a little bit about my epiphany into the power of a symmetrical shot! I hope that gives you ideas when you photograph.
Hi everyone! It's Aliza here today. I often say (to myself mostly) that when I grow up, I want to be Jane Goodall. Which is my silly way of saying that I admire her greatly. I admire her love, passion and her commitment to this planet and its creatures. Lucky for me, she is also a prolific author. Her most recent book, Seeds of Hope was all about the world of plants, which inspired the photos that I share with you today.
The idea is simple; Even in a most man-made environment, life will find a way to take root and grow. Sometimes, it is put there by humans, but often it is through the sheer power of biology that life keeps going and going. As I have mentioned many (possibly a million, or so) times, I live in the city, so this idea changed the way I look at my suroundings. I started to appreciate all the places where life continues amidst the metal and the concrete and the boarded up windows:
And every once in a while, a photo like this makes its way onto a layout, or in this case, into a mini album:
Perhaps sometime soon, you might like to take a walk with your camera, and take a look around for some signs of life doing its thing; you know, living.
Today is photo day! Hooray! Yesterday we recorded our thoughts about something we saw, then added a photo. Did you finish a layout? I hope you did and that you had fun making it!
Today, we are going to take a picture of something that we see. Don't overthink it. Just grab your camera and take a quick peek around your house and pick something. Really. Those of you who do daily photos are so good at this already. You don't need any coaching.
I took mine yesterday. It is of a stack of leftovers. We had two families over for Sunday dinner and made both beef and pork cafe rio with all the fixings. Including three salsas, two dressings, two beans, rice, tomatoes, cheese, and tortillas. (It is my most favorite thing to make for dinner as it gives me lunches for a whole week!) (I take that back. It is my most favorite thing to make for dinner because I LOVE IT! and a welcome side benefit is that it gives me lunches for a whole week. heehee!) I couldn't resist a photo of the stacked up containers.
I cut my photo tall and thin to emphasize the height of the stack. And I posed them in front of my blackboard wall for minimal distraction. I moved my aperture to 1.8 for maximum background blur as well.
And I know it's photo day, but might we discuss journaling for just a second? Okay? Thank you!
For the journaling, I decided against journaling about Sunday night, opting instead for a discussion of what a stack of leftovers like this means generally. Here is the journaling.
This tall stack of leftovers means that it was Cafe Rio night. Which also means we had friends for dinner. Which means we stayed up too late, ate too much, yet laughed the perfect amount. Cards were played; Nigel won. This stack means the shoppping list included tomatillos and adobo chiles. That cooking began the day before. This stack means we are blessed with a lovely home, means to provide for our meals, and most importantly, friends with which to share our time and love with. One last thing. This stack also means that we ate a delicious meal. Mmm.
I like that the layout now becomes more about our moments and less about a dinner event. I would prefer to capture the particulars of the evening with a people picture, so this gave me freedom to express my thoughts about the stack and not just about the night.