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January 3, 2011

Picture Winter Day 3

Filed under: Photo assignments — Karma @ 4:47 pm
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“All the Possibilities”

Today’s photo prompt was actually an easy one for me.  As soon as I read my email, I knew what I was going to take a picture of:

Today’s prompt told us to: ” Be on the lookout today for something that speaks of promise or possibility – something hopeful, touching, soul stirring. Something that reminds you that anything is possible and we have everything to hope for.”  For a gardener like me, especially here in New England, what could hold more promise than the Burpee Seed Catalog?    I thought my garden area with what is left of the snow and the watering can made the perfect backdrop.

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14 Comments »

  1. I agree! Great job! And may I say, spring planting will arrive before we know it!

    Comment by photographyfree4all — January 3, 2011 @ 5:19 pm | Reply

    • Thanks, Steve. Spring planting time seems so very far away to me right now.

      Comment by Karma — January 4, 2011 @ 9:27 am | Reply

  2. Great idea! I was so happy to see that catalog too!

    Comment by Becky Sue — January 3, 2011 @ 6:38 pm | Reply

    • That catalog is good for the soul. It always arrives just when I need it.

      Comment by Karma — January 4, 2011 @ 9:28 am | Reply

  3. Great photo — love it! It would definitely get me through many a cold day looking at that picture, knowing that spring is coming!

    Comment by Andrea — January 3, 2011 @ 6:58 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Andrea. I go through that book and plan beautiful gardens in my head. I never plant everything that I like, but I love the possibilities.

      Comment by Karma — January 4, 2011 @ 9:29 am | Reply

  4. That is a really cool response to the prompt. AND it cheered me right up!

    Comment by Gerry — January 3, 2011 @ 7:19 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Gerry- a little reminder of spring at this time of year helps to get me through this dreary month.

      Comment by Karma — January 4, 2011 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  5. Good one! You must be soo ready for spring!

    Comment by thedailyclick — January 4, 2011 @ 8:29 am | Reply

    • Thanks Michaela. I love spring so much, it can’t get here soon enough.

      Comment by Karma — January 4, 2011 @ 9:31 am | Reply

  6. Hmmmm, I have to disagree (a bit). I applaud your take on the prompt with this subject matter but feel a bit let down in the composition department. Looks, well, staged, and yes, I understand that it is.

    I find intended still lifes to be the trickiest – it is MUCH easier for me to stumble upon something and ‘see’ it already in perfect composition than to totally create it from scratch. So, I understand the difficulty here. You needed (at least) a third element to make the composition complete (gardening gloves, a tool, pots, etc.) Also, you needed to break from the urge to get things ‘perfect’ and could have played with the orientation of your lens to add interest OR simply angled the watering can, laid the catalog out, etc. Just my humble $0.02. :-(

    Comment by milkayphoto — January 4, 2011 @ 2:53 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Tracy. This is actually the type of comment I’d like to receive more often. I’m all about learning to improve and this is the sort of advice that I need to hear. I agree – the photo could have used a little something else. I was trying to be sure to get the catalog into the shot so that it would be clear about what I was showing, and I really didn’t take the time to compose it better.

      Comment by Karma — January 4, 2011 @ 4:08 pm | Reply

      • Phew! You just never know how critism is going to be received. I feel I would be doing you a disservice to tell you it is a good shot when it isn’t. I actually think you over-thought this one (I do this quite often, actually).

        Here’s a tip: when I HAVE to do still lifes, I shoot TONS of images because I need about 10 – 15 minutes for my left brain (logic) to shut off and allow my right brain (creative) to do its thing. That is when I start to ‘play’ and I find something takes over and I end up getting a better shot in the end. Not the trick here is to not then COMPLETELY go crazy and start doubting things (the old left brain trying to creep back in) ‘cuz then the last shots are simply a waste of time.

        And you thought this photography stuff would be easy, huh? ;-)

        Comment by milkayphoto — January 4, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

  7. This is great! lol! I received my first seed catalog in the mail yesterday and felt the same way. A promise of warm weather and growing things (and weeding…yikes!).

    I love the composition and the way it straddles time (the snow of winter and the seeds of spring).

    Comment by Robin — January 4, 2011 @ 4:30 pm | Reply


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