Fototriss 199 – Light

Fototriss is closing in on 200 challenges, and Helena celebrates with a double-feature competition – the first part being on the theme of light. Faithful sponsor Coolstuff is again providing the prizes! (And should I make top three, I am *so* buying a Snug Rug for mum! :))

Watching my feather-weight friends at their dining table today, I was captivated by the subtle quality of the late November light. A little pale and washed out, it still manages to catch and lift colours where it finds them. And yet it seems so fragile – the merest wisp of mist or cloud can mute it all in seconds… A challenge to catch, indeed!



 
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Fototriss 197 – Movement

This could have been so easy. Which, of course, makes it all that much harder. It’s too easy to become complacent and accept half-measures… and then what’s the point?

These were shot in really bad light, and my personal twist to the challenge was the goal of hitting the right exposure times to get sharp pictures with motion blur in select parts only, without getting too much noise from high ISO or under-exposure. It was occasioned by the release of a new horse into our small herd, and so it was a time-limited opportunity.

Reliable creatures, though; there are definitely times when you can rely on them to show off! 😉
Then what you do with it, photo-wise, is up to you…



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Fototriss 196 – Portals

(SvensksprĂ„kiga besökare Ă€r vĂ€lkomna att kommentera pĂ„ svenska! Ingen sprĂ„kĂ„ngest… 😉 )

Doors, portals, gateways… I’m afraid Helena will look in vain for curly portal decorations and hinges in my triss this week, but I have fodder for a slightly different interpretation.

A shoot out on the flats around here today brought a very handsome tree into focus, and trees have a bit of a history as portals to other dimensions, not least in folklore and mythology.

In the olden days, an old and twisted tree on the outskirts of a village might be said to hold the pains and and illnesses of villagers. By dint of the right ritual, one could presumably move one’s physical problems into the tree. The tree thus became a portal from the physical into the spritual, and offered a doorway through which one could metaphorically kick the demons causing all the trouble…
 

The tree is also a gateway to other dimensions in some shamanistic cosmologies. The symbolism of roots in the earth and branches stretching towards heaven is not particularily hard to grasp…
 

… though, of course, at this time of year, popular imagery tends to suggest that there is a rather different direction that a tree might take you, should you be unwary enough to let one get too close…

Happy Halloween, all!

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The non-chosen

There were more runners-up than the Eric trio for this week’s Fototriss… And since I prepared them, I thought I might as well post the others, too…

One idea was for a trio of funny birds.

 
 
And then there was the paticularily posing trio.

 
 
And, finally, the option of an all-bluetit trio…

 
 
They’re just irresistible!

Fototriss 194 – one motif; three perspectives

This week’s Fototriss challenges us to shoot only one thing, but to do it in three different ways. It would have been nice to do this outside, using for example different angles to create three entirely different shots of one and the same motif, but it’s been pouring down all day and I had to resign myself to staying indoors with the camera.

In the end, I opted for an idea I’ve tried out a little more seredipitously once before. I took close-ups of one of my orchids. I love those flowers. And it’s amazing how the tiniest shifts in focus and angle can give you a whole different image to play with…



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Fototrisss 193 – Here, now

It’s time for the seasonal theme again, and autumn is providing plenty of photo opportunities filled with colours and light!

I’m not going to do autumn leaves, though. I’m just going to give you the view out of my window, instead…



 
Watch this space for more bird shots throughout winter – those birds are hilarious!

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