Shoot the Ordinary
Shooting the ordinary forces one to study the object from many angles, varying the camera technique, and possibly frame it in non-traditional ways to capture interest where there may be none. Some of the images pictured are of equipment used on a commercial nursery and some are snapshots of farm life. The next grouping is shots around the Falls that tourists would never choose to see. And some, just plain old household stuff. I did not use any filters or effects, just typical camera work.
I am trying to make something out of nothing in a way. I don’t know if I am succeeding because dedicating a photo a day to follow a theme is tough. It requires loads of discipline, time and patience and I only have one of those. So let’s give it a go and make it even more structured…..
A Post Within a Post
The small images are my attempt to document the weather in my Niagara Falls garden for the year documented in Month in Ten posts. Any of the photos can be made larger. Our January is not very typical so far.
- 1 January 2012 10 am 45° Sunny then Late Evening Snow
- 2 January 2012 11 am 27° Sunny then a Rainy Afternoon
- 3 January 2012 11 am 26° Sunny at 10 am turned to Snow at 11 am
Who put the mushroom in the tree? And rain when there should be snow.
Shooting the ordinary can mean unveiling or demonstrating in a photograph the subject’s curve, form, color, pattern, or texture that makes it stand out and be admired. It might just note the odd and unusual to something just plain or nondescript.
Or the accidental where the subject takes on a whole new meaning. Those fiery eyes are freaky. I have another photo of him (less blurry) peering from around the pear tree. It was even spookier, but did not fill the page frame.
Or the staged…. where lighting is so important with something very ordinary. Also, seeing an object where you would least expect it… roses on the snow? They were on their way to the curb on trash day and fell out of the container onto the snow. The way they landed, I went back in for my camera. There was a dozen on them in the arrangement, but only two fell out. It was like happenstance. The cockatoo feathers are from my painting with light fun. I love his salmon colored crown.
- 4 January 2012 10 am 35° Sunny
- 5 January 2012 10 am 30° Cloudy
- 6 January 2012 10 am 42° Cloudy and Windy
Sometimes it is for no reason other than watching the movement and flow. To see patterns and forms, like watching time ooze by.
Sometimes you just see something that is not like you suspect, whether it is frozen-formed ice bells along the rapids or a Black Capped standing a bit odd in really dense brush. That is one acrobatic bird and I did not even get his best upside-down move.
Fences serpentining a beautiful landscape in golden light. These fences are to prevent snow drifts and also to keep people away from dangerous and slippery areas by the Falls. They really mar the beauty of the Falls, but still I had to get their photo.
Things that are ordinary can become beautiful if they are just studied or noticed. This area is dense brush, but the red and lavender twigs stand out in amongst all the grays and browns of the winter scape. They are even prettier with the water just beyond.
- 7 January 2012 9 am 38° Sunny and Calm. The hole in the tree is interesting and looks a little ominous. The Norway was topped in the last major wind storm and broke, leaving the hole intact.
- 8 January 2012 10 am 30° Sunny. And yes, that is a robin in my pear tree. More on that later.
No, not a zebra tail at the farm… just a flexible drainage pipe.
Opposing textures and objects, but something seems similar. What I find really fun, is what comes out of these pipes in the summer, chipmunks, snakes, mice and all kinds of creepy crawlies. The bigger pipes have much bigger animals too. The dog chases raccoons, skunks, rabbits and groundhogs, and I have seen a few disappear into the large pipes.
- 9 January 2012 10 am 32° Sunny. Rosebuds?
- 10 January 2012 10 am 40° Sunny and Calm. Robin nest weather worn in Lilac Tree.
The Month in Tens theme Ordinary Things continues for January with a look around town. What can I find?
Next Month in Tens in February is entitled, If It Moves or Soars, and will be a look at anything moving, land, sky or water. A really fun theme and a harder one to photograph.
Next post is Sticks, Stones, Leaves, and Logs – Part 1. It is just a photo study of things found in nature at this time of year.
The Niagara Falls Garden magazine will be posted on January 15. This is a special end of the year edition, looking at the garden in review. Always a great look back in photos. And the post on Sustainability will be not what you are expecting. It is a strange look at sustainable living, both on a large-scale and as an individual.