"A good photograph is knowing where to stand" Ansell Adams.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

photo heart connection

 I'm joining in again with this month's photo-heart connection over at the Kat Eye Studio.
The idea is to find a photo that I have taken this month that I love, 
not from a technical point of view but from an emotional one.

I found it a little harder this month, but eventually settled on this one.
I regularly drive past this park & had been noticing the way the shadow of this large tree falls.
It made me really want to photograph it. 
So, one morning I left for work a little earlier with the camera in order to stop & take some photos. 
Even though it looks like a beautiful morning,  the ground was really soggy after huge amounts of rain during the previous week. 
I spent about 20 minutes squelching around in the mud,  trying all different angles & spots to capture the shadow & the tree. 
In the end, I wasn't really happy with the photos that I took, I just couldn't find the shot that I had pictured in my head. 
However, I really enjoyed the process- loved that I took the time to stop & have a go.

So, when I was looking through the photos from this month, this one reminded me of how much I enjoy taking photos, regardless of the result.
And that this is not a bad photo, just not the one that I had imagined.


  1. Ah! "...how much I enjoy taking photos, regardless of the result."

    That statement says it all. What a valuable lesson for us all.

    I love the shade under that tree and how you framed it.

  2. I like your story of this image. I too find sometimes it is the joy of taking the photos, more than the end result-and can see the appeal of that big tree. Hope you weren't too muddy once you arrived at the office...can't say that hasn't happened to me. Since I started shooting pics, my clothes have been taking a little beating.

  3. Wow, I really like the story behind the photo... photo is beautiful too, but sometimes the story just makes it. I actually love those kind of sessions where you set out to take a perfect shot, it is fun getting lost in the moment. I often choose to do that kind of thing at the beach or local parks/gardens too. So much inspiration in these places xo

  4. Leanne - oh, that has happened to us all - when the shot in the camera doesn't match the one in our heads. But as you say, that is part of the learning and the experiencing. I have many places around town that I have returned to over and over, determined to finally get "the shot". I still have places where I have not yet succeeded. But it is our determination to keep trying, to keep growing, that is important. And I love the way you have used this gazebo(?) to frame the tree and get the sun flare.

  5. I really enjoyed reading this - I find that the process can be more important than the actual outcome too. I also go in with an image in my head that the reality doesn't quite match up to! Love the sun glare through the beams and the tree shadow, beautiful.

  6. Oh, it's always hard when you have that "perfect picture" in your head, and you can't create it! But you are right, the process of going out and trying is the real reward. I do like the frame within a frame, and the sun. It's an optimistic picture! I have to admit though, the sound of you squelching in the wet ground as you try to find a good angle is stuck in my head and making me smile. :) Thanks for sharing your Photo-Heart Connection this month.

  7. i love this!... it reminds me so much of when i first discovered that i love photography. i have countless stories like this from then. sadly, i've become too busy, lost my car {not literally... but we had to go down to one car, and my husband uses it for work}, and had a baby... all things that prevent me from doing exactly what you described here. that was me all the time after i became unemployed and still had a car and before i had a baby.

    now that the boy is getting a little older, though, i hope to get back to doing this sort of thing again. i so get what you mean. i often set out to capture something that i see regularly that catches my eye and really draws me to photograph it, but then it turns out nothing like what i hoped it would in my mind's eye. but i still love that you stopped. it's the best way to discover so many things... how to use your camera differently than you ever did before, how to see something differently than you ever did before, how to combine the two.

    that really IS a great shadow of a great tree! when i see it, i want to zoom in and isolate it {even though i LOVE that sun flare!} because i love photos in circles so much, my first inclination is to crop around just the tree and the shadow inside a circle... almost like looking through a looking glass or telescope indiscreetly from far away. great shot... it does draw me in!

  8. oh, and what a cool post this is in light of the name of your blog... knowin where to stand. PERFECT!

    and i agree with what deb said...
    'Ah! "...how much I enjoy taking photos, regardless of the result."
    That statement says it all. What a valuable lesson for us all.'

    1. haha... oops. "knowing", not "knowin"

  9. I really relate to this, because for me it's really about a process than an end result! Thanks! : )

  10. I find myself seeking time to get out and take photos, too often I allow life to get in the way and then am reminded how much I miss it when I do get back out. Beautiful photo, I'm glad you found time to play.

  11. I love the sunbeams peaking through. Lovely photo!

  12. I know it's not quite what you pictured, but I love it! The beautiful tree and it's shade, the framing, and the sunflare!! I have begun to realize that it isn't about the finished photo so much as the peace and contentment I feel when I'm behing the camera!! Great post!!

  13. I did exactly what you wrote about just this morning. Not far from my house is a horse farm. I love to ride by and look at all of the horses and I always say that I am going to walk down the road and take pictures but I never do. Today, I parked the car and took a great walk. The pictures did not turn out like I had hoped but the experience did.
    I love the shadow beneath your tree. This is a lovely picture.

  14. I love the shape of that tree in the middle of the picture and the beautiful shadow it casts in the grass. I like the way you describe your photo shoot: "squelching around in the mud" and although the photo you had imagined capturing was being elusive, you caught a heart-connection to the process of capturing - which is just as wonderful as the capture itself!