22 April 2009

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Remember to look up once in a while.

I went for a short walk around the block this weekend with my camera in hand to take some photographs. I saw the majestic tree pictured above, which had shed a vast array of tiny yellow buds across the pavement, making a fascinating colour contrast against the cold grey. As I was taking close up shots of that beautiful cascade of colour on the ground, I took a quick look up at the branches above me. What I saw was even more fascinating than what I had been so preoccupied by. I took a quick snap of the canopy, whose size was daunting, yet had a great sense of comfort to it.

I walked over to the base of the tree, and looked straight up the trunk, towards the skies above - the experience was absolutely amazing. The view that my eyes could see managed to betray my sense of standing, in that what I saw, gave me an unexpected experience as if I were standing on the edge of the world and peering down into a fathomless chasm. An odd sense of vertigo was simultaneously met by an admiration of the previously unknown beauty.

I suppose a photographer should always try to introduce the viewer into looking at an ordinary subject in the most extraordinary of ways. To that effect, on Monday I actually went out with my Olympus XA2 and shot a number of colourful, just budding trees, from below in order to try and capture the awe that I had felt in those moments. Once they are developed and printed, I shall be sure to share them with you all.

Currently playing: Masters Of The Universe - Juno Reactor

xxxx

33 comments:

  1. I look forward to the pictures =.]

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  2. Alternative views for the win. In the summer, much to the disdain of whoever I'm with, I tend to lie down in random places to look at the sky/ buildings/ anything from the ground. Greatly looking forward to your photos.

    - frouu

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  3. What a gorgeous, GORGEOUS shot. My husband loves photographing spring trees, maybe it's that edge-of-a-chasm sensation he's addicted to.

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  4. Yes! I can't wait for those lo-fi photos!

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  5. fantastic photo.. superb imagery.

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  6. I love this photo! I love to stand underneath huge trees and feel the breeze and light coming in through the leaves. It's like they create a bubble in which it's only you and the feelings and sounds surrounding you.

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  7. wow that is a stunning view! I love how the colors turned out on the leafs

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  8. Gorgeous picture and I'm looking forward to see the others.

    xoxo

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  9. That is a stunning picture indeed. I love that; over the weekend I simply laid on the ground beneath cherry blossom trees in a park and stared through the branches into the sky. It's so relaxing and makes me so happy in the simplest way =]

    Bisous,
    La C.

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  10. beautiful photo! and insight.

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  11. beautiful! I like that and I agree, looking up at a beautiful sunny sky or sunset or gigantic tree just makes my day!

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  12. I always love looking at the trees that way. Very refreshing. We are having sunny weather too.

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  13. Thats such a fantastic shot. Hope you are having a good week.

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  14. Looking up is so important. Your vertigo line reminded me of childhood times of spinning until we fall and then feeling the world turn around us...might try that again this weekend.

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  15. I love how I can almost feel the sun on my face as I look up through the branches. Beautiful photo as always.

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  16. Great picture. I always love looking at the trees when I'm out for a walk. I really loved playing in the trees when I was a kid.

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  17. oooohhh i just love looking up into tree canopies. makes you feel so awed by the colours and the way the light peaks through all the leaves. so pretty. sighs. i think the leaves are starting to drop off here because winter is coming. haven't looked a good tree in a while!

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  18. What a wonderful photo! You're a good photographer :) I love the spring.
    I look forward to see the photos :-D

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  19. what a beautiful photo honey and I totally agree we do need to look up once in a while. hoping your feeling better
    muah x
    Marian

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  20. what a great photo!

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  21. I will keep that in mind today. Great tip. Sometimes we're too clouded by our own thoughts to remember to look up every now and then! :)

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  22. That sounds like a lovely walk. I'm so glad spring is here. The sky is blue, flowers come to life again, and the air smells so fresh! I'm looking forward to the pictures!

    <3

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  23. Glad you are feeling better to take a walk----that picture is beautiful and represents spring so well.

    I found your shredding pretty cool, also----you will have to tell how your did it?

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  24. Gorgeous. Can't wait to see the rest of the photos!

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  25. loveee this.
    i often take photos like this...the canopy of a tree from below...then do a double exposure, taking a photo of something else...always a good result..
    x

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  26. Can't wait to see your new pics, the photography on your images never fails to amaze me!

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  27. I love doing this when taking pictures. Its amazing what new possibilities present themselves!

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  28. I love it! Very creative!That's actually really cool..
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    參觀,Thanks

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