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Eric Fredine
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Earth in one of her quieter moments.  Happy #earthday .
Cooking Lake, 2005
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As if in response to you own comment on my image, a quiet monochrome image that is riveting without being dramatic. Mesmerizing sense of calm. Easy to imagine the gentle lap of waves on the shore here. Fine image Eric.
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Alley corner, Vancouver, 2014
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Thanks +Eric Schaeffer - it was a wonderful little corner of the world to explore.
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Formal Alley View
Vancouver, 2014
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I appreciate the effort required to make this photograph possible +Brendan Brisker  ;-).
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Making my Intentions Clear

I often wonder why it only seems worthwhile making such a small subset of possible photographs.  That is, when you go to a location there is literally an infinite number of possible photographs you could take.  You can stand anywhere, point the camera in any direction and choose to trip the shutter at any point in time.  Yet, most of these we never even consider.

If I'm standing on the shore of a lake in the mountains I could choose to point my camera in any direction.  But I'm most likely to choose a view that includes a selection of the mountains probably as one or more complete triangular forms, with some or all of the reflection.  I could instead have chosen to include say half the mountain and some of the shore - but I'm far less likely to do so.

Likewise, I'd typically walk along the shore line looking for 'interesting things' to include in the foreground.  And by interesting I typically mean making a set of lines or forms that complement the lines and forms in the rest of the scene.

Of course, this just means I'm looking for an aesthetically pleasing composition.  Those aesthetics are a shared cultural construct I hope the viewers will appreciate but it is also a sort of visual puzzle that I enjoy solving.  

It is the presence of that composition that makes it clear this is an 'intentional' photograph.  I took great care and effort to find the right place to stand to render the world onto a two dimensional plane so it looks 'just so'.  

There is an element of the improbable - of all the possible views, I chose this one to photograph. 

But in an image saturated world, photographs which once seemed unique become diminished through repetition.  The little frisson of surprise we feel on seeing a 'great' photograph is diminished - because it starts to feel more probable than we once thought possible.

Perhaps some of the surprise can be recovered by making different choices on where to stand, what to include and what to exclude - but one can only go so far before it just feels like a random selection which feels no more improbable than any other selection!   

It is something of a dilemma brought on by the onslaught of photographic images.  I want to leverage the cultural conventions but these conventions become tired due to repetition and the significance of my intention is diminished.  If I stray too far from the conventions, the significance of my intention is diminished by the apparent randomness of the selection - why this 'convention defying' choice rather than that other one?   

Perhaps its just another interesting puzzle to solve.

Pyramid Mountain, Jasper National Park 
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Makes me want to set the alarm early this coming weekend. Sometimes I'll flick a small pebble up and into a perceived good spot and make a ripple.
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III

Vancouver, 2014
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Balance is a better description +Bette Kauffman - I was more thinking about that strong vertical line placed more or less in the middle.

+Richard Ball - that's an interesting way of looking at it!
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ooo, Vancouver, 2014
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Thanks +Andrew Webb - glad you're enjoying them.
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Scene on a Sunny Day, Vancouver, 2014

I notice that as I spend more time photographing again that my compositions are getting more complex and ambitious.  Still not entirely convinced by this one but there are quite a few things I like about it.
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I liked the ladder and the coil of extension cord on the roof!  I really must read those Robert Adams books - thank you +Stephen Cairns.

I feel obligated to make photographs on the rare occasions when the sun appears this time of the year +Peter Bowdidge - its not like it lasted all day or anything silly like that.
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Change in the Weather
Vancouver, 2014

The sun made a brief and glorious appearance in Vancouver yesterday, but by late afternoon the clouds were rolling in again.  As the density of clouds increased, the moments of light on the landscape became fewer and further apart - often trying my patience to wait at a location for better light.

This feels like one of those graphically simple images that I'll eventually get tired of because its a little too simple.  
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Thanks! +Brendan Brisker - I'm fond of finding 'well placed' walls in urban areas.  They serve the dual purpose of simplifying the composition and hinting at what you can't see (as you've observed).  
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Fully Assembled
Vancouver, 2014
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Thanks +alain constantin.

Thanks +Stephen Cairns - that's what I liked about this one as well.  And its a scene I've walked by hundreds of times before finally photographing it!
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watching you watching me

Vancouver, 2014
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thought you might notice :)
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