Point of View & Other Stuff

Today’s post is another one of those eclectic selections of imagery
that I enjoy so much. Hopefully it provides some form of entertainment
or education for the readers here at Earth Images.

Speaking of Earth Images, as most of you know there is an Earth Images
group deep within the bowels of Flickr Photos. You may also know, some
time ago it became impossible for me to avail myself of Flickr Photos
and therefore my group. Access became intentionally stopped for me, or
so it seemed. I found sort of a “back entrance” to Flickr and at least
for the time being, I am once again at the helm of the Earth Images
group. I mention this because today’s first three photos (two
photographers) come from that group.

One the many changes in photography in the time frame that I have been
involved, is that thousands of image makers, and not just pros, now
tour the world with high grade photography equipment. The Earth Images
group alone receives submissions from every continent on earth, and
does so regularly.

This waterfall is somewhere in the Hawaiian Islands. Lauri Sten is the
creator of this picture and what I loved the most about the image, is
its point of view. The falling water was likely quite close to Lauri
when she tripped the shutter, as this was made with a 24mm wide angle
lens. That lens will “stretch out” the scene in front of you. It
exaggerates the rocks, while diminishing the falling water, and I
think that helps make this an interesting scene.

Where you are in relationship to your subject, and what lens you
select, can say what you want to say about any subject you choose to
photograph. It is one method to be used to make a picture your very

I admit I was not familiar with Earth Image’s member Auket Desai before
I spotted these two images.

Can it be any more iconic than a gorgeous female leopard resting in a
tree, and an equally gorgeous male lion posing in beautiful light on
the open plains of Africa?

Beautiful animals, great poses and spot on focus!!


My own pictures for today, were chose by absolutely random methods,
and are in no way intended to be a representation of the million or so
photos I have made in my lifetime.

I love turtles!!  The three most common in the area where I live, are
shown below.

Certainly I have seen more Painted Turtles in my life than any other
species. One (unfortunately) of the most common places to find them,
is along the side of roads. This guy could not decide whether to curl
up and retreat into its shell, or to keep motoring on. It decided to
motor on and shortly after this image was made, first went into the
grasses, and then disappeared into a pond.

This image was made at an aperture if f/8. That was just enough depth
of field to cover the subject with enough in “focus sharpness“ (there
are many types of picture sharpness), to have a passable image.
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There is nothing quite like the Common Snapping Turtle with its
“prehistoric” appearance. It is really not a very aggressive critter.
Give it the space it deserves, and you will be just fine making

Prehistoric is a funny word. I suppose it is supposed to mean before
written history, but it doesn’t give any credence (by its name) that
it is about written history at all. By definition, an object or a
plant or any living creature, cannot predate history. Hmmn!
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My personal favorite turtle in this region, is the Blanding’s Turtle.
They have a gentle and almost comical look about them. It is not
surprising that my images of the Painted and Snapping Turtles, show
them moving along and getting away from me, while the Blanding’s is in
fact coming towards me. Wide eyed but gentle is the term I would use.

I miss photographing turtles!
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I have always said, that I will photograph almost anything, and
especially anything in nature.

The “gang of five” you see below, are the common pigeons that are
found in this area. They fly free, and they come and go as they
please. That makes them a subject for me.  I also find their
coloration and markings to be pretty.
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Some birds are born comics. I find the Sora Rail to be one such bird.
They fly like any bird, but they walk like a silent film comedian.
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Sometimes the job of a photographer, especially one who practices
photography for money, is merely to capture an image that shows people
what any given subject looks like. Such was my intent when I made this
photo. This “Daddy Long-legs” is truly not a Daddy Long-legs Spider.
In fact, it is not a spider at all. Spiders have two body parts, this
has one. It is an arachnid (eight legs), but not a spider. So what
exactly is it? It is a Daddy long-legs arachnid I guess.
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There’s photographing subjects to show people exactly what it appears
like, and then there is creating images, including interpretive
images, in order to satisfy any personal or artistic emotions we might
conceal inside ourselves. In other words, creating an image in such a
way that it says just what you want it say.

A stormy sunrise over a “great lake”, and an image that described how
I felt about it.
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May God Bless,

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