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May13 080

"I don't see how anyone could ever be bored. There's a whole world out there. You just need to go be in it.".....spoken by my dad

Dad's right; there's so much to see and so much to do, and boy, is it ever so easy to whine about being bored. To whine that you need to travel to get some cool pictures; that your own "backyard" has nothing to offer.

Not true.

I spent a good deal of May finishing up a photo class - finding diagonals, taking portraits, figuring out aperature and shutter speed, the last two, in particular, being a completely foreign language to me.

So, at first, when I looked at May's photos, I thought that these really didn't come from my heart; that, instead, they came from an assignment. And, like any typical assignment, it was something I had to do versus what I wanted to do.

But, this shot jumped out at me. I love the circular bits to it, from the arc of the wheel to the tiny nuts and bolts. I loev the play of the curve against the straight lines.  I love the bold graphic look to it.

I have to laugh when I think about taking this shot on Alexandria, VA's area filled with folks from all over; an area teeming with life and fun. And, in the midst of it, there's this middle aged woman, cheerfully taking photos of benches, bicycle wheels, and birds, much to the amazement of some folks plopped on this benches, as they caught their breath. They just couldn't figure it out...gorgeous boats, colorful buildings and pennants, history at their feet....and this woman is taking pictures of a bike's wheel. Go figure...

Phil and I had such a good time that day - beautiful sunshine and benches that overlooked the water. Boats pulling in and out; ice cream to savor, and all of it, on my way home from work - just a 5 minute drive from school.

Dad was right; there was so much to see, and my assignment had me zeroing in on things I would have otherwise missed.

So, a curve of a wheel and some bricks captured my delight and my imagination, and I had a great deal of fun doing my homework!



This is absolutely beautiful and just right for PHC. My mother used to say something along those lines when as children we announced boredom. This is one of the reasons that I love my hobby so much, I notice the little things, the simple things and that makes my heart sing.


LOVE this shot! Assignment or heart .... it speaks! :)


It never fails to surprise me what we PHCers will photograph. We see life differently don't we?


Your dad sounds like a pretty smart man. I'm sure I heard similar advice from mine. I have to say I've never had a problem with boredom - too much going on in my own imagination, I guess. I like this image - the strong light, colors, textures, shadows.

Michele at Sweet Leaf

I love your dad's philosophy! He's right, too. Did he explore the world with a camera, too?


There are wonderful memories attached to this photo. Time spent together, working on your photography skills and joy.


Great photo heart connection and love your dad's words too.


I like your chosen image....I like the shadows and have to wonder what it would look like in BW, where the shapes and lines you admire take over the driver's seat from the color.
Applause for shooting the "other stuff" while sitting in a gorgeous setting. I bet less people than you think were paying attention to you. I find when I'm doing that type of shooting-I become nearly invisible. Often in a scenic spot there are many cameras about-you blend right in.

Prairie Jill

What a great photo-heart connection! I love the shot, especially the little bits of colour on the bicycle wheel.

Zena (healingmoments)

Beautiful photo-heart connection, love your dad´s words, so true!

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