9/9/07

Affected

This isn't a good photograph. It was near dark and I was spending more time diddling with my camera settings than I was anything else, but I like this...it isn't anything I would normally bother with. I only noticed this enough to give it camera time tonight because of another blogger. There are actually a few of you out there that have blogs that are mostly poetry and nature and I have to admit I am not a poetry or flower kind of person. I don't even like flowers cut and put into vases....honestly it does nothing for me whatsoever. But darned if you guys aren't growing on me in some strange way. It has to be because of who you are that I then look at what you value and reconsider my own reaction of distaste. I am getting mushy lately I swear. I'm really feeling grateful for this blog community because there are some genuinely good people out there and I am learning something from each and every one of you. (sorry bob johnson, I don't have a telescope to take lunar photographs!)

12 comments:

Daphne said...

"It has to be because of who you are that I then look at what you value and reconsider my own reaction of distaste."

I like what you said. And it's nice to hear that I'm not the only one who thinks one way and then comes around to the other side.

I'm enjoying your posts lately. They leave me far more relaxed than your posts of this summer.

kate said...

Ah a Dipladena flower - I like the photograph. The background is interesting.

So true, we learn much from other bloggers ... new ideas to noodle over, new things to try ...

I meant to say it was good to see you having got another puzzlehead base done. I like your puzzleheads!

I'm also glad that you didn't lose your comments. For a bit, I thought I'd lost my mind and had just imagined that I'd left a comment ...

self taught artist said...

daphne...summer was hard but it's over now so lets hope the posts stay more upbeat.
kate..figures you would know the flower, I can't even pronounce it!
love the puzzle head feedback.

Karen Christensen said...

I love the photograph. The puzzle head is wonderful. Your work is really amazing. Glad things are feeling better for you!

Tori said...

I totally know what you mean. My photographic eye has been tuned up since I have been inspired by my fellow bloggers.
This photo is fabulous!!!

Shelby said...

I like this photo very much actually.

self taught artist said...

thanks tori/shelby...what i mean by it being a bad photograph is the quality of it yeah? I love the composition but it was too dark and i was more obsessed with my tripod and macro settings so it was blurry and the resolution stinks. The point was to not worry that i'm some great professional artist who only puts perfect pictures on her blog and instead just have FUN DANGNABBIT.

BlueJude said...

This photo is FANTASTIC! Much more interesting than typical garden photos. I think it says a lot. I happen to like withering flowers and dead roses. Peerhaps because they project how I feel at times.
Oh and about that last post....Freedom from the inner and outer critics...always a struggle.
Cheers to you!

Clare said...

Hi Self-Taught! This photo totally caught my eye -- it's really cool. I love the pink flower and gray background (looks gray on my screen) -- and I really like the little drops of water on the backs of the petal. Such beauty in a fallen flower -- there is a tenderness to the photo. The composition is great. So here's to getting mushy and being part of a really cool blogging community -- I feel really grateful to you and everyone else too!
:)

JAXTER said...

I was interested in reading your take on the photograph - at first glance, I suppose it appears to be sort of run of the mill - but then, bam, the delicate color of the petals juxtaposed to the gray/blue texture of the background is visually arresting and I can't get away from it - good work creeps up on you like that I think. The depth of field in the background, moving from focused to blurry, is great and sets an interesting tone... and I haven't even begun to explore the content of what is here... Indeed I think you sell yourself short by saying this isn't a good photograph. Thanks for putting it out there.

self taught artist said...

jaxter, glad you commented, now I get to subscribe to yet another cool blog....

okay, i like this picture too..to me when it is good that means it is printable. this isn't because it's a poor quality image, much to my chagrin.

sarala said...

I like it that us tree huggers are influencing you. I don't think I would spend my life doing flower shots, I like grunge too but nature sure dishes out some amazingly pretty stuff.