Blogsam and Jetsam

Flotsam is the part of the wreckage of a ship or its cargo found floating on the water. Jetsam is cargo or parts of a ship that are deliberately thrown overboard, as to lighten the ship in an emergency, and that subsequently either sinks or is washed ashore. This is my personal blog version of the above. Loot freely.

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Location: The Hinterlands, Upstate NY

I'm annoyed that the world is going crazier faster than it used to be. But it's interesting to watch.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Camera Angle

Formerly I didn't think about my photos much. Point, click and behold, another family moment captured. Then I started blogging and realized that text without illustrations was dull. Also that there was a high internet standard; at least two of the blogs I follow regularly are hosted by professional photographers.

So I started paying more attention to my pictures...and have discovered I rather like photography. Sure, every path resident learns SOMEthing about it since we all have to be able to take a decent shot of interesting specimens (Important aside: never get anything a PATHOLOGIST thinks is interesting) to share with our colleagues, but using a camera fixed to a light table is a far cry from taking pictures.

That means it's all still new for me...which is why I found these two pictures interesting.

This is a ceramic owl MIL brought with her for the garden; he's about 7 or 8 inches tall.

Same day, same light, same 2x zoom...but this time the camera was lower (and more level; it was resting on the walkway.)

Big difference, no? That's the kind of thing I mean.

So I've started carrying my camera everywhere I go.

I'm also starting to think more about composition; that's why you didn't get a picture of each separate item the other day. Haven't moved past the realm of things but did learn this morning that if one wants to take pictures of fog on the mountain one should stop the car first. Don't worry-- nobody else was out at that hour.

Post Scriptum: If you know of a good beginner's photography book, please drop me an email or comment--the selection is overwhelming to me.


Blogger JoVE said...

That's cool. I like learning that way. Just try stuff out and see what happens. I find myself thinking about composition (e.g. the photo of all those socks with the baby sock still on the needles in the middle) but am still not sure about angle and light and all that stuff.

The next experiment I'd be interested to hear the results of is whether keeping a nice owl statue like that in the garden keeps the squirrels away. Or do I need a real owl for that. :-)

August 25, 2006 10:41 AM  

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