Week 11, Theme # 11: Golden Ratio

This is my first time trying to use the golden ratio in composition. Like many, in the past I achieved it in taking a photo of a spiral in a shell, a staircase etc. this time I wanted to compose a shot with it in mind. This week I took this impromptu shot of a young fisherman who had just caught (and later released) a redfish on Anna Maria Island. Luckily I had my camera and scrambled to an overhead spot. I think I may have achieved the golden ratio. On Thanksgiving I arranged family members in somewhat of a golden ratio but the shot came out grainy. I may post that below in comments.


Week 10, Theme #10: Leading Lines

Week 10. #10 Leading Lines trees.jpgOver the past couple of years, I’ve taken photos of leading lines, and usually these were well-defined lines with clear end points.  I debated whether this photo I recently took at Myakka State Park met the definition as well as others I had taken.  Yet, the leading lines of the trees and road draws my eye to a vanishing point that ignites my imagination.  I found this definition by photographer Anne McKinnel in Digital Photography School:

“A leading line paves an easy path for the eye to follow through different elements of a photo… The easiest place to find a leading line is on a road. Roadways are inherently leading because they go somewhere, give us a feeling of motion, and the lines often point so far inwards that they reach a vanishing point – the place where two or more lines converge into theoretical infinity.”


Week 9. Theme #9 Product Photography

This theme was a real challenge for me. First I had to settle on a subject. At the Sarasota Farmers Market I took shots of produce. I wasn’t satisfied with my shots mostly due to midday sun and shadows. Editing didn’t help much. So I settle on a perfume bottle that I like. I don’t have all the correct props, e.g. off camera lighting, light box, mirrors. But I recalled that I took a shot of a ketchup bottle in a restaurant a week ago.

Week 8, Theme #8: Wild Card, Colors of Fall

Well, this is Thanksgiving week and  I’ve been missing Fall in New England. I will be there later this week to celebrate the holiday.  However, I tried to find a little bit of Fall here in my own Florida backyard.  This morning I shot this dead bunch of leaves with my Lensbaby and then enhanced the color in Topaz Studio.  Week8- Theme 8 Wild Card copper leaves

Week 6, Theme #6: Forsaken

I’m sure some of you have seen this forsaken little statue at the Ringling  in the estate gardens.  I really wonder how the large banyans grew up to imprison her before anyone could cut them back and free her.  I feel like starting a “free the girl at the Ringling estate” movement.  Chafetz,Carol2018Week42WabiSabi

Week 5, Theme 5, Macro

I bought my first Lensbaby  recently.  It’s a SOL45. I had resisted these lenses because I read somewhere that Lensbaby is decreasing in popularity.  However, a friend of mine has one and I really like the shots she has produced.  So, I took my new lens out to Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota this week and shot over 100 frames.  I have to say that I wasn’t happy with more than one or two.  I added 3 Lensbaby macro filters simultaneously to get this particular orchid shot, which I do like for it’s dreamy effect.  I’d like to learn more about how to use this lens creatively, but this was a start.