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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Finding Your Eye Photo Journal ~ page one



I’m taking an online class with The Kat Eye View called Finding Your Eye. The class includes photo and journaling prompts to help discover more about our photography style. Our first assignment was to create a photo journal. I decided to keep my journal on my blog and share my journey with you. The first photo journal entry was to help us understand more about why we take photos.

Why to I take photos? That’s a tough question! I had to think about this for a while. I thought about what photos I was drawn to, whether they were mine or others and I realized I am drawn to photos of small details. I’ve always been drawn to the smallest or tiniest things. For instance, when I cross stitch I love the smallest count linen and the stitches, when I quilt I like making the smaller blocks, and when I painted, years ago, I painted on the inside of seashells or on small porcelain pieces. So I suppose this naturally carried over to photography.

I've included some examples of my favorite photos. We had a nice shower yesterday. After it stopped, I grabbed my camera and went for a walk. Look what I discovered!! I have no idea what these are. I’m assuming some type of insect home. They are attached to a tree branch. They are tiny, only about ½” tall and look like perfect little pottery jars to me.  If you have any idea what they are be sure and let me know. This picture says it all! This says why I love to take pictures! I love to discover new and beautiful things in nature.



As I take photos I’m discovering the tiny details that I would never have seen without my camera in hand. Until I seriously began my journey in photography about six months ago, I had never really looked under a mushroom or seen the details of a sand dollar or the veins in a leaf. I love the surprises that come when I upload them to the computer…the ant on a flower or the shadow of a bee. When I’m out “looking” through new eyes it’s the gasp and the “oh wow” when I discover something new that keeps me going!

Discoveries like this! 
These look like tiny little fairy boxes! I found them growing on a small bush. And once again, I don't know what it is. I suppose it's a seedpod. Another beautiful mystery of nature.

I'm looking foward to what will be coming up next!!
Thanks for stopping by!!

15 comments:

  1. Hi Cathy, you have captured some very interesting details. I have never seen the "jars" before either. I often find some unexpected detail in my image which I never even saw at the time of taking it.

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  2. I like your nature close-ups -- it's true that the camera helps us see details that we might have missed w/o it. It's amazing that those "boxes" just grow like that.

    Visiting from FYE, Gina

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  3. I love your close up view of the world, Cathy. It is so perfect that you have always worked on a small scale in all of your artistic endeavors - that's a huge key to your eye! What gorgeous photos. Not only do you get to enjoy this tiny, amazing world around you, you share it with us too. Perfect!

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  4. Cathy, I totally relate! I love how that seedpod manages to be round and square at the same time. And I've never seen anything like those little jar-things either. Fascinating!

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  5. You have captured such immense beauty in the tiny details.

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  6. Cathy, very nice. Great to know this about you.

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  7. I've seen some seedpods similar to your first photo. The last picture looks like the top of a persimmon??
    I too am from FYE!

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  8. Cathy,

    Your "little" pictures are wonderful. I think you have a headstart in finding your eye.

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  9. Great photos! Noticing things that I wouldn't have seen before is one of the best things about viewing life through a lens!

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  10. Beautiful details that you have captured.

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  11. Those are spectacular. The little pots are just amazing, will be anxious to see if anyone can identify them. Isn't it fun vocalizing what you have always known, those things that draw you in, that are just for you, and no one else. Love how you are capturing them. Wonderful, wonderful photos.

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  12. I love how you've been able to pinpoint what you're drawn to with your photography. Sometimes I feel like I'm all over the place-you seem to have found a niche.
    I love that mushroom shot-beautiful lines on the underside.

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  13. You do have a fine eye for detail and an even better enthusiasm for sharing it. I'll be watching for you as we progress through FYE.

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  14. Hi Cathy,
    I love all the little details in nature you have captured. That little fairy box is awesome, wonder what it is?

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  15. Cathy,
    I love the little square pods you captured here, as well as your thoughts about photography and your journey. Thanks for following my blog and for your kind remarks!

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Thanks so much for stopping by!!