Friday, 05 January 2018 13:58

Just How Cold Is It?

Haygood Mill County Park in Pickens County, South Carolina is a wonderful time warp in today's world. An 1845 gristmill is the center piece of a collection of historical structures, and included, over and above this, is one of the most amazing collections of prehistoric petroglyphs in the Southeast. Not long ago I was wandering through this incredible place with some dear friends. It was just downright cold, so cold that the water in a barrel at the side of the mill had frozen solid. The ripples of the frozen liquid reflecting the clear blue sky produced some of the most appealing abstractions I've seen in a long time.


Using a 28-300mm lens at just outside the working distance at a focal length of 98mm, I moved until the tonalities and reflective angles expressed what I wanted, making sure to place the camera parallel to the ice in such a way that I did not photograph my own reflection. An Aperture of f/20 insured depth-of-field and edge-to-edge sharp focus; and a shutter speed of 2.0 seconds at ISO 100 gave me an overall slightly lighter-than-medium exposure. The dark area is actually the edge of the wooden barrel. To visit anywhere with the idea that all that is available to be seen is something literal is to negate worlds of creative possibility. 

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Saturday, 13 January 2018 00:03 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hello Everyone, thank you all for joining me for this conversation. Perhaps some folks find it difficult to warm up to an icy abstract, so I appreciate all the more your taking a few moments to express your thoughts on this week's Image.
    Hey JWarren. I'm really glad to learn that you've been doing well and enjoying all of your adventures in creative photography. I very much appreciate your thoughtful comments, and I am moved to reflect - pun intended - on what it is that abstraction really does. It forces us to ignore the words that are labeling and descriptive and concrete, and enter into a realm where the details we see and say are about feeling and metaphor. I think your observations here are quite apropos. Thanks for sharing them.
    Hi Joani. I'm pleased that you have chosen to describe this image as "striking," for there is a sharpness in the word and a sharpness, I think, in the image in terms of the boldness of the tonalities and the feeling that this conveys. Thanks for pointing this out for us. I hope all is well with you.
    Hey Nancy T. It's good to hear from you, especially with the good news you shared about your new home. Bonnie and I are really excited to hear this. Your observations about the nature of abstractions is right on point. They are forever changing in terms of how we see them, and in their ever-changing-ness they show us something different about them every time we look, for we can never look in the same way twice. We are looking from different emotional platforms each time we look.
    It is delightful to have a conversation with folks who are thoughtful about their feelings about abstracts. Without that thoughtfulness, feelings are mere jumbles of emotion which we express only with difficulty. It is the thoughtfulness that allows us to express those feelings with clarity.
    Thank you all, again, for being part a community of thoughtful folks. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Nancy Tripp Thursday, 11 January 2018 22:20 posted by Nancy Tripp

    Abstracts are fun. There is no right or wrong way to see them and you don't need to know what the object is, just let your eyes feed your imagination or vise versa and you will see many things (depending on your current mood). At the moment, I see a lot of smiling eyes, toothy grins,some scowls, growls, and a whisper. Or it could just be a beautiful blue background surrounding gray lines and shapes. If you ask me again tomorrow, it could all be different. Thanks for sharing.

  • Comment Link Joani Sunday, 07 January 2018 15:16 posted by Joani

    COOL! No pun intended. I don't have to tell you how striking this photo is.

  • Comment Link jwarrenberry Sunday, 07 January 2018 11:06 posted by jwarrenberry

    Fascinating! Your photograph is filled with dualities. What an unexpected glimpse of nature! I find myself all at once lost in the details while seeing the whole. Years can be spent contemplating a few seconds in such a photograph when seen and skillfully captured. The frozen water (with its own intricacies) reflects a constantly changing sky.

    Thank you for seeing, capturing, and sharing what can be only called an infinite moment. Your photograph is art with understanding. Thank you for helping us see.


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