dogwood photography’s photo challenge: inspiration – your habits

Week 36 Inspiration: Your Habits (Some habits are good, and some are bad. Your inspiration this week is either.)

repeating patterns… Nikon D750 f/4.5 1/500s 85mm

Image submitted in response to Dogwood Photography’s annual 52-week photography challenge.

a photo study: rhythm I

Rhythm, a vital element within music, dance, and poetry, is also important in photography. Ted Forbes writes that visual pulses are within all visual compositions.

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Repetition is easy to find…all around us are shapes that are pretty basic and similar to each other. We will see them repeating at regular intervals within nature, design, works of art, architecture, and photography.

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Standard rhythm involves the same or similar elements repeating at regular intervals — think of equally spaced light posts extending from left to right across the frame, the slats of a crib, or a series of windows on the side of a city apartment building. These patterns can be thought of as a subset of rhythm in that patterns always have rhythm, but rhythm doesn’t always have patterns.

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Rhythm affects the quality of our viewing experience and helps draw and keep the observer’s eye within the frame. Visual rhythm is often most powerfully used as a vehicle for or backdrop to your central story or primary subject.

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After a week of studying rhythm, I’m finding a need to stay with this topic as the extension of rhythm within sound and physical sensations to a visual format is like…hmm…sitting in an introduction to physics class. Well, maybe not exactly like a physics class…maybe more like an introduction to “imaginary numbers.”

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In the meanwhile, I’ve concluded this week’s photo study blog with a Ted Forbes’ video rhythm in visual composition.   I would enjoy hearing your thoughts and understanding about rhythm as well as seeing some of your creative use of repeating patterns.

seeing differently: 3rd of 15

For the third submission to Robin’s photo challenge, Seeing Differently, I decided to walk about the Colorado State University’s Flower Trial Garden with a Nikon D750 and a Nikon Macro 40 mm lens with an intention to look for repeating patterns.

The Flower Trial Garden sets aside about 20,000 square feet for planting annuals from late May through October.  This color-filled garden is located across the street from the University’s Center for the Arts and even though the garden is about research it does offer an inviting environment for both students and non-students, alike.

I find that my eye generally tends to favor black and white images: yet, the color version of the image seems more dramatic and gentle to the eye.  What are your thoughts?

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