Thursday, December 11, 2008

The Lampost


This is the lampost on the corner of my street.  Tonight I was in a hurry to get home,  but it was raining and foggy and well I actually drove by, stopped and turned the car around to take this photo.  D.C. Confidential and I had a really nice, long  conversation on the phone tonight.  She asked me if I thought I saw things differently now that I was more focused on photography.  Oh my yes!  Tonight was a prime example.  As I have mentioned before, light, shadows, well everything catches your "eye" and most of the time, you cannot walk away from it.  She commented that she now sees potential photos everywhere she looks as well.  So do you, as a photographer, see things with a "different" eye now???

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31 comments:

Tash said...

You saw that lovely photo opportunity so well! So nice that you and DCC talk. I am the same - composing photos all the time - much to the annoyance of those with me at times. But I've seen so many parts of PV, LA County, and beyond since May that I would have never bothered to go to without the quest for CDPs.

Olivier said...

une très belle photo, avec une ambiance de film policier.
a very nice photograph, with an ambience of police film.

jill said...

What a beautiful photo V.

alice said...

Mysterious...A nice atmosphere.

Blognote said...

Yes, mist and fog are my favourite surroundings for photography!!
Very nice indeed, Virginia, and as Olivier mentioned, it has the police-film atmosphere to it!!

Tanya said...

What a warm glow from the lamp post.
Very nice!

D said...

Oh, I wonder if Narnia is just beyond that lampost! It certainly looks inviting.
I'm no photographer, but I do notice things more now that I'm photoblogging. Funny thing is, so does my husband. "Hey, that'd be a great shot for your blog!" :)

Bibi said...

You betcha. And people often wonder why I just can't keep up conversation with them when we're out walking around somewhere...my eye/mind are framing shots...

Wayne said...

Nah, I think that's a girl thing.

Therese said...

Of course and Peter, Nathalie and Richard in Venice are the perfect example. To learn and see through other people's perception is a learning experience too.
The way you see Paris is another example which made me rediscover certain aspects of Life in France.
By the way I like your ever changing blog's head picture! Today's blue twinkles are really neat.

Eeyore said...

I heard a comment years ago about not "taking pictures" but "capturing the light." It stuck with me, but until I had some classes I knew what I wanted to do, I just didn't know how. It's better now, but there's always room for improvement.

Virginia said...

I see that many of you experience the same "condition" as I do! Eeyore, capturing the light is a great way to look at it.

Therese, yes! I think Nathalie, Peter and Richard had an experience we would all love to have. I have learned so much by viewing everyone's work each day. I also scrutinize my own work even more, if that 's possible!

D., I think of Narnia every time I pass that lampost on my corner. I read the book to my class every year.

Oh Wayne! It is NOT a girl thing, you just don't want to admit it-ha

Olivier, police film? Well never thought of that. Dragnet maybe? Who's old enough to remember that one?

babooshka said...

I have a Narnia Lampost here. The frosty light has a golden golw which really warms the image. I may have to shoot it when the neighbours aren't looking. Do I see the world differently as a photographer - What do you think? Oh yes and I am on a mission to expose it's dirty underbelly. I know go to the sin bin.

Halcyon said...

My problem is not with seeing the photos, but finding the time to take them! I like your lamppost, it looks quite spooky.

In Jackson we've been innodated by rain - it started at around 6pm last night and hasn't stopped yet. Now it's turning to sleet though. I don't like that. Hope you are holding up in Birmingham!

Rambling Round said...

Great eye for the night lights! I think the more you experiment with different lighting and angles, the more acute your photographer's eye becomes.

Sharon said...

Great shot, well worth the turning around. I find I've been doing the same thing more and more lately.

Snapper said...

Where to start...

Unlike most of your viewers, I've been to Birmingham a few times and this is not what one expects it to look like. That alone makes this a successful image. As someone said, very film noir. Have you also been chatting with Laurie from South Pasadena? Anyway, I just love this photo and it's a direct result of seeing like a photographer. There is potential everywhere if only one looks.

I have had the conversation you described with my wife and she's be the first to tell you that she now sees the world differently just from hanging out with me. And she's become a pretty darn good photographer herself though she'd likely not admit it.

Congratulations Virginia, on this and so many other fine photographs.

Under a Tin Roof Sky said...

I love the light on the limbs of the tree. You must live in a lovely neighborhood Virginia.

Laurie said...

You KNOW I love this one! Gorgeous, V.

I tend to see everything as a potential photograph -- and the what-could-be-framed-and-captured is often more lovely than the what-is so it means the world has become even prettier to me. It's a nice way to see things, don't you think?

Knoxville Girl said...

what I like here is the ethereal effect - the light is bodiless, not tethered to a post, floating behind the tree.
I've been framing shots in my mind for a long time, just kept looking and thinking to myself "but what if I looked at things like This - what connections would I conjure?" I finally got the camera. Fire, meet gasoline.

Virginia said...

Knox,
The camera was the start of it all for me just last December. And I do mean start....long lens, fixed lens, filters, new case, gazillion memory cards, tripod (yes I do own 2!) books, magazines, books, night classes, blog, another blog.....gasoline indeed!

Laurie I knew you would jump for joy that I finally ventured out at night. Film noir... makes me sound so...artsy???? ha

Halcyon, the weather here is cold and rainy and has been for a while. I have been trying to make lemonade out of lemons!

Thanks Snap and I wish we had known each other when you were in B'ham. Oh we could have had some fun shooting!

stevejudytedford said...

Hi Virginia,
I need some advice. I want a new camera from Santa. What advice could you share that would be helpful in my research and purchase. I enjoy your photography each time I check your sites.

Merry Christmas,
Judy Moore Tedford

Bob Crowe said...

Be careful when you stop in a place like that on such a night. There could be somebody in the underbrush wearing a goalie mask and carrying a chainsaw.

See things differently now? My family and friends are sick to death with me yammering about the quality of the light and whether the shadows on a persons face form a Rembrandt, Oval or Split.

Virginia said...
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Virginia said...

Judy, email me and we can chat. I am no expert. These guys right above me here are the ones to ask though.
Thanks for being a faithful reader. Please call me when you are in town. Maybe we could get together and catch up!

Bob,
Oh I can just imagine when you all gather at your house. Talking some fine Photography trash!!HA

Mary Helen said...

Wow what a beautiful header photo! So shinny and bright. I haven't been taking many photos lately, but hope to get back into it soon.
It's hard to come up with something to take a photo of in Forks Wa! We are so small, nothing exciting really, but still I always have my camera with me, just in case!

Julie said...

Virginia, I have added a haiku that will go some way to explaining why I have been in some degree of agony this week.

11bonitadrive said...

I love the photo.

I see the same kind of light post out my kitchen window. I see it when I turn out the lights at night and it greets me in the morning as a night light in my kitchen.

For a second there I thought. Did she take a picture at MY corner?

Love it.

Dusty Lens said...

Superbly done! Don't you just love night photography? It is so much different , complicated than shooting in the daylight. I share your enthusiams when we master these low light images.

Photography has changed the way I view the world too. Like most males who detest shopping, I usually jump at the chance to hit the mall when Mrs. DL says we must shop. Cheap photo opportunities. Funy, she doesn't ask me to shop as much anymore.

marley said...

Glad you went back to take the photo! Its lovely!

I see things all the time and think 'that would make a great photo' but I am so bad at taking my camera with me! I've got to change my ways!

Chuckeroon said...

....one of those little "gut wrenching" moments well worth turning the car round for.