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       The Photo Corner:

       The Art of Seeing - Looking Straight Ahead

       By George Steinman

          As  I  selected  the  topic
       Looking up and Down last
       month, it was a natural choice
       to  have  Looking  Straight
       Ahead for this month’s
       photographic topic. From
       some of my past photographic
       experiences,  I  learned
       that given photographic
       assignments in photo classes
       and also entering photographs in National Geographic Your
       Shot, for example, are wonderful stimuli for enhancing
       photographic creativity. It stimulates the photographic genes
       as I call them to really see what our wonderful planet is all
       about. The specific choice of topics also helps. Some that I
       remember include, as examples, the Color Red, Reflections,
       Shadows, Black on Black, Our Four Legged Friends, Style, My
       Favorite Place, and Hands. The creation of the photographs for
       the selected topic is left solely to the imagination and feelings
       vision and the ability of the photographer. As an example,
       photographs for the topic Hands Up could range anywhere
       from a grandmother holding a baby to say a violinist playing a
       violin to hands up in the air while dancing to the song YMCA   Staghorn Plant                       Tillandsia Air Plant
       sung by the Village People. Comparably the topic Our Four
       Legged friends would show what our friends are all about and   present some brand new photographs. With this we would   And with this thank goodness for Nikor wide angle lenses.
       not just a facial picture. It would be what animals are all about   up at Joel Meisner’s home [here in the Palms in Boca Pointe]   After a lot of looking and test photographs, I chose the one
       and maybe even tell a story. One example I saw is a little girl   which is really in effect a small scale arboretum. While Joel   you see here as the entire plant was shown properly with its
       sitting at a small table and finger painting while her pet cat   was giving a tour of his plantings I found several plants that I   intertwining of branches and keeping everything in focus. My
       is sitting on the table with a quizzical look as he is watching   had not seen before or photographed before. These are colorful,   experiment with converting the photograph to black and white
       her. Another example would be a little girl blowing bubbles   unique, interesting and colorful. So here are three beauties I   portrayed a more dramatic scene, interesting, but not for this
       with her dog up in the air with jaw wide open about to catch   had not seen before.                 article now. I will probably show the black and white version
       a bubble. That’s what it’s all about.                Staghorn Fern                                  at a later date.
          So for today’s topic, Looking Straight Ahead, this is      Staghorn ferns [also known as Elkhorn Ferns] are a variety      Tillandsia Air Plant
       something kind of novel for me as I’m always looking around   of ferns due to their uniquely shaped fronds. Certainly the shape      Tillandsia is a genus of about 650 species of evergreen,
       to see what’s around. Yes I have a lot of straight ahead type   of the varied fronds and unique colors make this fern a beauty.  perennial plants. The term air plant is used as the plant
       of photographs which I could show. But I really wanted to      Mystery Plantus Unknownus            gets most of its nutriments from the air around it. In this
                                                            Here you see an amazing plant. Due to its size and shape it   photograph I was able to show it’s gorgeous colors from the
                                                         was named the Mystery Plantus Unknownus. What a beauty.   color spectrum. It’s really a beauty. You see it here.
                                                         And yes it’s interesting. With its extended size and shape it      That’s it for this month. Always remember to have your
                                                         took some time to determine the best way to present this plant.   camera with you all the time as you may see something that
                                                                                                                                   you have never seen before
                                                                                                                                   and might never see again.
                                                                                                                                   And always remember to
                                                                                                                                   be careful where you stand
                                                                                                                                   for your safety and photo
                                                                                                                                   composition. Also don’t forget
                                                                                                                                   the Peter Lik philosophy “It’s
                                                                                                                                   not what you see. It’s how you
                                                                                                                                   see it.” Follow the light and
                                                                                                                                   photograph everything that
                                                                                                                                   light makes beautiful. May the
                                                                                                                                   light be with you always. And
                                                                                                                                   most important, always make
                                                                                                                                   photography fun.

                                                                                                                                     George Steinman is a
                                                                                                                                   resident of The Palms and can
                                                                                                                                   be contacted at sgphotollc@
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