Making Fire

20 Mar
The Day's Last Blush

The Day’s Last Blush

I recently read an article in the Light and Landscape Magazine by Scott Reither. It’s well thought out and written….I don’t want to butcher it by trying to re-hash his ideas….so I will briefly paraphrase and fully encourage you to wander on over to their page to read it yourself. 🙂

In essence, Scott tells the people he teaches that when you survey a landscape, you’ll see things that stand out to you.  Most people will take a few snaps, settle for a few satisfactory compositions, and move on to the next angle/spot/perspective.  Scott’s article, though, challenges photographers to fully explore a scene.  Don’t just settle for a spark (a decent shot)…push each composition to it’s limits, nurturing the spark until you’ve made fire (an extraordinary shot).

After reading that, I thought of all of the failed outings I’ve had….heck…that every landscape photog has.   I wanted to do better.  There were so many places close to home where I had felt that spark, but didn’t do my very best to bring an image to life.

This river and pilings (pylons? parts of the pier for the ferry!) is just a few minutes away, and while I enjoyed my first visit, the original images were lackluster.  This attempt is not perfect…the wood-sticky-uppies could be sharper, I forgot to do an exposure or two for the moon itself, wish the wind hadn’t been so fierce as I was having a hard time staying warm and sheltering the wind……..   But thanks to Scott’s article, and subsequent inspiration, I’ve got another, better version of the site to add to my photo collection. 🙂

10 Responses to “Making Fire”

  1. David Bookhardt March 20, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

    Love the colors! Beautiful pic!

    • seeingspotsphoto March 20, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

      Mama Nature did a nice job that night. 🙂 Thanks for the kind words, David!

      • David Bookhardt March 20, 2014 at 2:30 pm #

        And SOMEONE had the skill and desire to capture the moment. You have talent, girl! Don’t shortchange yourself!

      • seeingspotsphoto March 20, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

        haha That was a slap on the wrist if I’ve ever heard it. hahaha I really do appreciate you taking the time to appreciate my efforts. It’s very encouraging. 🙂

      • David Bookhardt March 20, 2014 at 2:36 pm #

        Glad you got the message. LOL. And “pilings” is the correct term.

      • seeingspotsphoto March 20, 2014 at 2:39 pm #

        That’s seemed to be the general consensus on Google too. Only a few dissenters insisted on pylons, but you know…it takes all kinds to make the photo blog go ’round. 😉

      • David Bookhardt March 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm #

        I am from Florida, with a lot of fishing experience. They are always called pilings by those in and around the waterways.

      • seeingspotsphoto March 20, 2014 at 2:58 pm #

        It’s official then. 🙂 Thank you!

  2. V-Light March 22, 2014 at 11:03 am #

    A very beautiful photo and i really like the composition! 🙂

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