Wednesday, May 07, 2008

What is and isn't there

Part of what I like about macro photography is that it gives you what is actually there but by focusing on a small portion of a plant, flower, tree, you get an entirely different image than what you are able to see with the naked eye.I can almost see the flower fairies hiding inside the secret world of the secret garden.
Sometimes a portion of a flower will look like rich fabric and other times like an entire enchanted kingdom, at least in my fanciful mind.
Part of my problem with wide, landscape photography is I mentally add and subtract, soften here, define edges there, so when I take a shot I'm expecting what I have created in my mind without conscious thought. Then I look at the shot and of course it has nothing to do with this mental process which was happening.
On the other hand, with macro shots, I get even more that I imagine and it can be a springboard for my imagination. I can create entire worlds that live within a single flower.
However, I still want to get better at the wider shots. Below is the big oak which gives me shade in front of my house in the summer.
I actually have three different oak trees in my front yard. The shot isn't as interesting to me as some of the macros, but I can see all the birds and squirrels which are hanging out up there when I look at the photo. However, none of them are visible in that shot except in my over developed imagination. They also are almost certainly not having the detailed conversations that I imagine. Such as, be careful, that scary lady with the weird object in her hand is trying to shoot you. Hurry, hurry, hide here.


Michele said...

Oh, I know what you mean about the macro... You have stunning photos... unbelievable. Your flowers make me feel as if it is a bed of silk and I want to lie down and have a luxurious nap... absolutely beautiful!!!!

Dee said...

Carver - I love your fanciful imagination! Both within the flowers and those animals talking to each other about scary ladies. I've been having fun with aliens on my end. And, I've had some fun with lyrics on Jeanne's blog - have you seen them yet? Love the macro shots, though. They are soo rich in detail!

SabineM said...

Ok Georgia Okeefe, You have outdone yourself here today! The first one IS A WINNER!

Carver said...

Thanks Michele. I am the same way with some of the macro shots, they look like a soft bed. You blow me away with your closeups and the detail you get. You are also so gifted at getting the sweeping landscapes you take in the Rockies.

Hi Dee, It is fun to play around with fanciful ideas. I'll have to check Jeanne's blog again for the new lyrics.

Thanks Sabine, I appreciate that so much. I absolutely love Georgia O'Keefe's work so you couldn't have said anything that meant more to me.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Carver these gorgeous shots make me want to write songs! And I KNOW I saw a flower fairy in there. These really are wonderful, I could stare for hours and dream.

escape said...

Lovely close up shots. i like the detail shown on the first two photos. impressive.

jmb said...

Absolutely stunning shots Carver. And you spin a good yarn to go with them.
I just noticed all the hats on the bench. I have a great collection of hats, but all with bigger brims.

MaR said...

I could stare at your pictures for hours! they are wonderful and so peaceful, they have to be hiding secret tales...!

Carver said...

Thank you so much Jocelyn. You should write a song, maybe that would send you back to the piano and help relieve the stress of school.

Thank you DonG, I appreciate that a great deal.

Thanks JMB, I remember that you like hats. I have a big collection of old hats, some were my mothers. I mostly wear newer caps or the one sun hat when I'm walking or in the garden but I probably should wear the widest brim hat.

Thank you so much Mar. I appreciate your comment so much.

Anonymous said...

I love the glimpse of your fanciful world. The sum of all parts turn into something glorious, to be sure, but the parts are such beauty by themselves. Thanks for the journey and the imagination op.

Man, I am crazy for another orange room...the room we used as an office one time was the color of the fourth flower... a daisy? GORGEOUS!
Love, K.

On the fifteenth of May, in the Jungle of Nool,
In the heat of the day, in the cool of the pool,
He was splashing...enjoying the jungle's great joys...
When Horton the Elephant heard a small noise.


-Theordor Seuss Geisel

Carver said...

Hey K (guess who), I love Horton the Elephant. I also think your flare for color is enviable. I'd never have the nerve to use color the way you do inside. Love, C

Anonymous said...

I love the macros, too. Reading your thoughts adds to the beauty of your shots.

Carver said...

Thanks Byrningbunny, I appreciate your thoughtful comment.

JayBee said...


First time here. Saw your name at jmb's re her post about our troubles. (Does sentence make sense?)

Fabulous photos.

I'll be back for more!

Carver said...

Hi Calum, Your sentence made very good sense. I appreciate your stopping by here. You and your wife have been very much in my thoughts. Take care, Carver

Anonymous said...


Nice pictures! I love the third one.
I can't help but drool. Lovely!