Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Diverging Diversity 11.25.14

Palm trees are ubiquitous in my environment. People often have a stereotypical image of what a palm should look like...and, yet, there is incredible diversity in the number and types of palms (more than 2,500 worldwide!). Like palm trees, there are many diverse people and cultures in our world - all of which have value. Taking the time to see all facets of individuals and situations goes a long way in making decisions about thoughts and actions. 

Subject & Background - This seems obvious...palm frond subject to light (sky) background
Balance - May be off-balance with emphasis on dark and palm frond 
Point of View - Typically shot from the ground up, but the focal point of radiating spirals may add a twist
Simplicity - Love the long triangular shapes of the fronds - simple geometry complemented with the added spiral component
Naples, FL

Monday, November 24, 2014

Patchwork of Lily Pads 11.24.14

So many lily pads - choosing one was too difficult, so the montage it is! The left one - "the missing slice of pie" is the classical shape, but the others are intriguing with their reflective sunlight and turning pads.

Subject & Background - There's no doubt that the lily pads are front and center (i.e., subjects)
Balance - Light and dark appear balanced in each, as well as in the total picture - also texture of rough and smooth are reflected nicely
Point of View - Capturing lily pads in three different ways offer a number of perspectives
Simplicity - Lines and shapes against mostly solid dark background lend a nice simplicity
Freedom Park, Naples, FL

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Reflective Rails 11.23.14

This is always a favorite sight and not sure I like the black and white version, but wanted to try it and reflections always get me thinking. ;) While walking out of the park, my thoughts went to the difficulties many of my college students have with the concept of 'inquiry-based lessons'. I know that some is due to the way they were taught and expectations of the same, but I also wonder how much is due to just not slowing down enough to think about what the concept means and how its structure could be beneficial. One more reason to continue to plug along with the reflective writing assignments as a scaffold for increased critical thinking.

Subject & Background - There are two different subjects - the boardwalk and the reflection in the water, but they move together
Balance - Tonal differences help to create balance, but the linear patterns of the boardwalk and reflections are nicely off-set with the round and scalloped textures of the lily pads
Point of View - The multiple lines are leading the eye in a prominent way
Simplicity - There's a fair amount of 'busy-ness' here, but the patterns and lines make it a bit more simplistic
Freedom Park, Naples, FL

Faraway Flags 11.22.14

Didn't get a chance to explore many of the sessions at the Global Education Conference this year - at least the 'live' version, but thankfully, recordings are archived. I did get in on Paul Salopek and Liz Dawes Duraisingh's presentation of Out of Eden Learn - an awesome retelling of the human migration story with a 7 year walk through the continents. Paul is sharing with classrooms across the world as he goes - what a learning opportunity.

Subject & Background - The cypress tree is the obvious subject, but by the title, one might see the faraway flags as an unfocused subject
Balance - Plenty of dark and white are in balance, but I also like the linear versus the feathery mass
Point of View - Purposely worked this shot to get the flying flags in the background but if I'd been a bit taller, I could have got them even with the opening in the branches
Simplicity - Wish those power lines were more blurred out, but like the general simplicity
Naples, FL

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Penned Praise 11.19.14

The campus Student Services department hosted Connections with free cupcakes and a chance to scribe their appreciations on the "Giving Thanks" banner. It was a good start to the focus on gratitude next week.

Subject - There is an obvious subject in the foreground, though the background is a bit chaotic.
Balance - Both dark and light is there and it appears to be balanced in weight
Point of View - I thought about doing an 'over the shoulder' shot, but opted for the view including a bit of the face
Simplicity - Very cluttered, but captures the essence of the story
Naples, FL

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Angled Antlers 11.18.14

Back to focus on the elements of composition - hopefully, I'll get a chance to move forward in the lessons to have other focal points soon!

Subject & Background - The antler leaves of the staghorn fern, treated with a bit of HDR effect, is the obvious subject. It is set against a mostly light background, but bridges a bit to the dark wedge
Balance - Tones and textures are both in play
Point of View - Though not entirely on purpose, the slight angled view provides an interesting slant
Simplicity - Nice plain palette to show the clean leaf offering. 
Naples, FL

Monday, November 17, 2014

Lacy Leaf 11.17.14

The nest leaves of staghorn ferns eventually age and lose their flesh exposing only the veined structure. They still serve a purpose in collecting and trapping water for the benefit of the plant's survival. Though brown and dried, they offer a beauty in the maze of their networked framework.  There are so many advantages of appreciating the 'old' - not only in form but also in function. 

Subject & Background - Wish I had a less cluttered background, but definitely more distracting in color...depth of field helps a bit.
Balance - Not too obvious, but dark/bright and texturally may provide enough
Point of View - Nothing notable here
Simplicity - Once again, a negative
So, the basic elements are not well met - and yet, it still speaks to me.
Naples, FL