Shadow is the obstruction of light. Shadows appear to me to be of supreme importance in perspective, because, without them opaque and solid bodies will be ill defined; that which is contained within their outlines and their boundaries themselves will be ill-understood unless they are shown against a background of a different tone from themselves.
Leonardo da Vinci
“Actually, I do happen to resemble a hallucination. Kindly note my silhouette in the moonlight.” The cat climbed into the shaft of moonlight and wanted to keep talking but was asked to be quiet. “Very well, I shall be silent,” he replied, “I shall be a silent hallucination.”
― Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita
This is my first time working with A WORD IN YOUR EAR‘s Weekly Photo Challenges. What I like about this particular one is it offers opportunities to enhance your knowledge about photography techniques as well as just some of the terms that relate to photography.
This week’s theme is ‘Zoom’. Obviously this word relates to bringing things that are far away closer.. I also like some of the other interpretations of zoom that were presented on this blog.
It’s a very interesting challenge and not as easy as one would think if you love to take close-ups of people. I have some favorite facial zooms that others were not entirely pleased with but I love them because they are very natural and beautiful. So my first small set will be of some of my favorite zooms of people and things.
Quito, Ecuador driving and zooming
Child playing on the beach in Venezuela
Dance Lessons in Quito Ecuador
Older group drinking across the plaza in town in Peru
Frost on tree during Korean hike
zoom in on leaves, Andes in Venezuela
Coffee in Curacao
Playing under the tables in the market in peru
Yummy food in Panama
zooming on spider in Korea
zooming in on grandkids who are zooming in spokane
River boys on side of river Venezuela
Zoom in on the face of a little boy begging in Cambodia
ME: Lincoln Sam on a dollar in Korea
Praying in a cave in cambodia
birds eye zoom in Pt. Ordaz Venezuela
Los Llanos Animal safari pirhana fishing with Guamanchi
subway hands zoom Washington, DC
little girl in curacao.
Boat ride in Venezuela
sister in the rear
zoom bird in a tree, Venezuela
parade for carnival in Venezuela
Epic zoom photo – LOVE IT
spring blossom in spokane in DECEMBER
New York Snow day in Central Park
Korean palace wall
Washington, DC – GIANT DOG
Venezuela Los Nevades to Barinas Hike – organic coffee farm
morning coffee in montana camp
zoom in on steps
Bird in rafters on river trip
Rooftops in Valapariaso
zooming on the driver
zoom in on sticks on Korean hike
zooming in on a cowboy
zoom dino biting nose.
ceiling in Wine country chile
zooming out of a plane
zoom on boy in Peru
Zooming on hammocks in Barinas Venezuela
zoom on a cross in Caracas, Venezuela in taxi
zoom on my eye
Believe it or not this was the highest zoom I had. The place was immense. Cambodia
zooming Masked guide dancing by .. so colorful..
charlie brown zoom on toys, Korea
Bells in Thailand
Soccer Game security in Quito
Barinas Guamanchi Rafting Trip
zooming in on a distance relation
Zoom on parade passing by in Korea.
Girl in distance in Peru
Cambodia jumping on tuk tuks in rural areas
Water homes in Catatumbo, Venezuela
These next photos are recently taken from the Visual Arts museum and Aquarium in Baltimore. I hope you enjoy.
Forward. This week’s photo challenge… inspired me to think about how many times I have moved forward and what that moving forward has meant for me. I can remember many times in my life certain people stated that I seemed to be a person that was constantly running away from people, places and things. The truth is, I have never ran from anything but have spent a lot of time running towards everything.
This week’s photo challenge asked what ‘forward’ meant to us. Well, to me it has always meant finding interesting people, places or things that are ahead of me and that have caused me to want to move forward and toward a new and unknown destination.
I have had an amazing life with many shiny objects ahead of me that have distracted and caused me to want to leave behind one thing (or in some cases many things) that I truly loved and appreciated in order to move on. For this I am grateful. I cannot imagine, even for a second not moving forward. Because of my inability to run away from things I will always remember fondly the places I have been and the people I have met. Because of my ability to move forward, I will always anticipate the amazing things that are yet to come.