I participate in a photographer’s group online that offers a subject to photograph each week. Each image entered has its own meaning and visual appeal, so what better motivation than to shoot weekly with a group of pros?
Last week the subject was tree bark. The group usually shoots macro images, but I decided not to go in that direction this time. I also did it once before with a red cardinal when the subject was something red.
This time, it got my photo kicked off the site.
I used the photo above because, rather than showing bark in such a literal manner, I showed what bark can DO in my photo and the landscape. You can see how the textural bark of the tree gathers ice and snow in an artful and interesting way. But, the moderator did not see it that way and wanted just a photo of tree bark – not an image where the bark was secondary to the composition.
I find plain old bark, well, a bit ordinary in most cases. Unless of course it is a whole tree of bark!
After the week went on, the moderator left in dead trees with NO bark, entire colorful leafy trees, birds in trees, trees with faces stuck on, etc. – the theme became a free-for-all.
It does not pay to join early I found, but I keep doing it so as not to be influenced by the other photographers’ work.
Lots of sycamore bark photos were submitted too, and do I have sycamore.
A recent post, Winging It – Gulls in Flight Part 2, referenced the story Jonathan Livingston Seagull. I feel like that often where I want more.
I am not sure if I was the only one to have my photo removed.
Did you ever see the Soup Nazi on Seinfeld? I was reminded of this episode. So like the character of the show, I buckled under to play nice, but had to get in a little dig. I added my photo below. Does it not look like a kid sent to the corner wearing a dunce cap?
I submitted a second time and the caption read, “Tree Stump with Dunce Hat. Is this enough bark?” Apparently it was.
It is frustrating when the rules apply to some and not others. See how the snow mimics the bark?
“Let heaven and nature sing”. Even if your song is sung differently, keep singing. Explore. Join a group taking photos to get your motivation energized. And don’t let others spoil your fun, no matter how they do it.
This week, the topic is “Coins”. I have a post coming up on that submission since that is the only way my photos will be seen. One person commented on quite a few Bark images, shifting them to the top of the heap and some of our “coins” images were buried. Oh, to live and learn…
Saturday, see some photography I really like to do. Photographing the ordinary in a way you can’t be sure what you are seeing. Maybe I will get kicked off again if they ever do this subject!