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Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV, #4: Proud o’ my wheels

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So remember a couple weeks back when the wife and I drove up to Minot on a mission? (if not, check back later, I have to bedazzle all my posts after I get home every day)

Well, I am now revealing that the object of this mission was to get a respectable set of wheels, and before blogging about it I wanted to have my license plates. I got them in the mail yesterday and so I present to you the Surf Rider, my new used 1998 Jeep Cherokee. . .

from an unusual point of view.

This post was prompted by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV, #3: Lost in the Woods

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Today’s photo comes from my run. Part of the trail at the end of the River Road Trail was closed with fresh blacktop on it, so I had to improvise a route that would get me back to my usual path. I ended up following a dirt path up the side of the hill thinking I would come right out on the road. Surprisingly, I felt like I had gotten lost in the woods, and it was a ten-plus-minute hike that finally led me right to the path I wanted to be on. On the way I snapped this photo with my iPhone. Now, I’m not sure how unusual the POV had to be, but I liked the way the trees framed the trail behind me; this mostly forgotten trail became a doorway to the past for me.


This post was prompted by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV, #2: Lines: Legacy Transmission

Here’s another attempt at finding an unusual point-of-view, this time of a utility pole in the curb frontage in front of my house. Looking up, I lined up the wires diagonally to create a slash that cuts through sky and tree; this is what the legacy power infrastructure does for me – it dirties up the scenery, creating an eyesore, albeit one that we tend to take for granted. In the future we may be able to look forward to smart energy grids and smart consumption, but will the legacy ever disappear?

Sometimes I have to wonder why in the modern world it's still necessary to transmit electricity above the ground. For decades we've been hiding wires inside walls. What about the lines of transmission? There's nothing magic about visual pollution.
Sometimes I have to wonder why in the modern world it’s still necessary to transmit electricity above the ground. For decades we’ve been hiding wires inside walls. What about the lines of transmission? There’s nothing magic about visual pollution.

This post was prompted by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: An Unusual POV, #1: The Road Left Behind

This week’s photo challenge asks us to find unusual points-of-view for our photography, to find new ways of seeing our subjects. In The Road Left Behind I tried to reflect on the challenge of finding a new way to express something that must have been expressed a zillion different ways; surely there is no original way to say it – or is there?

The real challenge is in trying to capture the scene without losing the rich colors seen by the naked eye; unfortunately, something is always lost.
The real challenge is in trying to capture the scene without losing the rich colors seen by the naked eye; unfortunately, something is always lost.

This post was prompted by the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

Weekly photo challenge: focus one

I’ve noticed when taking pictures with my iPhone that if I tap on the screen, it will focus where I tap it. Also it adjusts the light levels based on the light and color levels at the point where I tap it. That’s about as fancy as I get with my camera app so far, and here are the results in living color:

The first pic, I tapped on myself in the mirror to focus on me:

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For the second, I tapped on the turnstile at the top of the walkway in the far distance:

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What really amazes me is the difference in brightness and contrast created by where I choose to focus my picture. I’ve been playing with that a lot more as I take pictures outdoors at sunset and at dusk, situations where lighting is essential. The entire picture changes depending on where you choose to focus.


This post was prompted by This week’s Daily Post photo challenge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways (Vintage tools)

It’s raining at New John’s Lake, just a little – but the fire still burns in the pit and in the human soul, unquenched and ripe with power:

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This post was crafted for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways (Foggy Morning)

This morning it’s quite cool – 46F with an amazing fog that creeps in from the lake. Hope your weekend is looking cool going into it!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

This weekend we are camping out at New John’s Lake, so a word of forewarning – Surf Movie Sunday may be postponed, and possibly Saturday Jams, too. I’m going to focus on having a good time camping. Disconnect, like my blog buddy Andra did recently. But I’ll post some photo challenges, even if its just this one, called Find Ur Path:

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

© Robert W. Ross, 2013. All rights reserved.
© Robert W. Ross, 2013. All rights reserved.

I’ve got everything I need, and things to do. Things are going to change.


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