Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Photography Composition: Manmade repetitions and patterns

This week my photography challenge was to find manmade repetitions and patterns. I had grand plans, as I drove through downtown Houghton and Hancock and noticed all the patterns in the buildings and streets, but I got a bit overly busy.



At first, I considered the lift bridge, which I shot while picking up pizza at Little Caesars last week (the contest is actually open for two weeks, one week overlapping between assignments). I planned to come back for more angles, but never did.


 The pattern made by a picnic area at McClain State Park also caught my eye that day.



Last weekend, my husband and two daughters and I did make it out when we visited Winter Carnival and looked at some beautiful ice sculptures. One, of a cider press and apple orchard (complete with trees, pumpkin patch and tractor, as shown here), was full of manmade repetition. However, I struggled to photograph the white on white on white on gray statues in the low light available!




As I looked back over my pictures, I decided that the best way to show my composition skills would be a close look at the bridge. Since I don't own a telephoto lens, yet, I cropped down my shot. It should have been taken at a lower shutter speed and higher f-stop for more detail, but I do like the tight crop I chose and the repetition of the diamond cross beams and the cords. Here it is:
This coming week's assignment: Composition: Minimalism. We'll see what I can find! 

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My wedding cake

My wedding cake
My sister, Christie, made my wedding cake -- all five layers of it. It was fondant, covered in fresh red roses and green ribbon. For a more modern look she chose to make a square cake.

Trip up the canyon

Trip up the canyon
OK, here's the truth, what Renn and I really look like when we wake up. After our first backpacking trip as a couple, Renn's hair looked like grass growing on his head and mine lay flat and matted as we walked out of the mountains.

Karen and Renn in Mexico

Karen and Renn in Mexico
This is us on our last day at the Hummingbird Inn in Maneadero, Mexico. It was a fun week of service with Engineers Without Borders. Renn and other USU engineering students helped put in drain fields at an orphanage, The Gabriel House, for children with severe disabilities. I helped dig some holes and wrote an article for the newspaper about the experience.