garden : bonsai confessional
small stature : magnificent impact : years of patience & skill
Ohayo : Good Morning -
I have a confession to make today, but first a statement. It's not in my nature to post anything here that I don't feel is worthy of your attention. I value the time you all spend visiting us and don't take it for granted. However, when I came home from kiku with over 130 photos I was so disheartened by them. I thought gee wiz I am the world's most boring photographer. Although the exhibit is compelling and unique, I thought my photos were ordinary.
A few things made me feel better after thinking about it. Most importantly, your lovely comments and support since we've entered the blogosphere. We are very lucky to have the most talented readers and I'm always inspired by each and every one of you. Your words of encouragement are always given a lot of weight and importance.
I also have a handy reference book called the 'Photo Idea Index' by Jim Krause. It's a great book as it succinctly offers practical tips about cameras, composition, lighting, etc. There are many exercises to help jump start your creativity, which is often the intent behind Jim's books. There is a section that discusses the associated 'status-quo' shots with certain landscapes - mountains for example. Sometimes, you really need to take that shot. Maybe you'll find a new perspective and maybe not. That advice helped a wee bit, but I know there are terrific photographers who will capture terrific shots of the same exhibit.
The other thing that was encouraging and helped me understand what I'm trying to capture in a photo was the bonsai exhibit. When I separated those images, I saw what was missing from kiku - intimacy. I'm curious by nature and really like to learn about the nitty-gritty. So, in photography, an interesting macro shot is often my favorite. Through the bonsai photos, I did a better job of capturing the subject up close and personal. I think that little haiku under the top image applies to photography, too!
Some of these trees are over a hundred years old, which I find to be incredible. I think the small arrangements are absolutely charming. Hope you enjoy them, too.
Matane : See you, Cindy
PS If you can, don't forget to VOTE tomorrow!