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Shadow Play

The Critique:

The sun rays grace the buildings throwing light and shadows across the narrow gap between the buildings. Light reveals delicious details in this well-lit scene. Dramatic perspective makes an impact and catches the arc of a passing visitor in the sky. Patterns intrigue. Crisp colors energize.

What I had learned:

Look up. Lot’s of surprises go unnoticed for those who don’t.

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Rock Garden

The Critique:

A scattering of rocks across a time swept sea creates an ethereal mood for this photograph. Long exposure lets water vaporize a bit and mimic the surrounding fog. An intended diagonal line of rocks takes my eye into the image. Other intended shapes appear – a loose triangle here and there as rocks play in the mist. Spatial relationships are left to the imagination on the edge of our continent.

What I had learned:

Foggy, rainy days have immense possibilities.

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Walking in Ether

The Critique:

Light beams play from a passing car as ICM (international camera movement) adds its own sense of motion to architecture and the passing figure. Elongated time and movement creates echoes of reality. It enhances horizontal shapes as motion intensified across the frame. Whimsy rules here – as molecules scatter and arrange in unexpected ways. Life is full of adventure and ICM reinforces that in this photograph. Every day things become a bit surreal.

What I had learned:

Play. I have nothing to lose and discoveries to find.

www.roxanneoverton.com – where you will find more photography and information on my instructional photography books.

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Yellow Evening Sky

The Critique:

Undulating hills of land and water seemingly merge in their dance with light and ICM (intentional camera movement). The sky has joined in with sweeping lines of shape and color. The essence is there like a whisper on the wind. Repetition adds strength and the colors in their rich, deep hues, add more energy to the frame. To my eye, it’s like a poem – an abstract I often see in my peripheral vision.

What I had learned:

ICM grabs time and holds it. I recognize what I capture. It’s what I see in my peripheral vision just before I turn and my eyes focus.

www.roxanneoverton.com – where you will find more photography and information on my instructional photography books, including one that shows how to shoot photographs like this.
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Floating in a Dream

The Critique:

Reality is turned into an expression of thought with the use of ICM (intentional camera motion) and a layer of texture. The sailboat on the horizon has the appearance of a snippet of energy as it is suspended between water and sky. Color defines space and the element that draws my eye. Spatial relationships are absent with telephoto compression and motion. Only small hints emerge with tonal nuances setting a path with light. There is ample negative space to weight off the lightness of the boat.

What I had learned:

The subconscious is interesting. My work yesterday produced several images that evoked fire or a flame. I am blessed to be okay with my home intact. Many friends have not been so lucky with the horrific fires destroying lives and property where I live.

www.roxanneoverton.com – where you will find more photography and information on my instructional photography books.


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Straight Away

The Critique:

In opposition, the cyclist rides against the oncoming people as he prepares to leave shadows for a band of light. I like how light divides the shot – a horizontal division in a very vertical setting. It almost causes a sense of unease. The buildings rise taking glory in shapes and patterns that mimic each other celebrating textures and colors. Splashes of red add extra vibrance and also draw my eye from spot to spot. Spatial relationships are strong. I like the feeling of motion – of people moving into and out of the scene.

What I had learned.

ICM, intentional camera movement, adds a sense of ‘being’ there to what might otherwise be a static photograph.

www.roxanneoverton.com – where you will find more photography and information on my photography books.


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Swirl of Trees

The Critique:

An anchored dual vertical shape is the pivot point for the mass of swirling shapes and colors. Silky chaos in brilliant light. ICM, intentional camera motion, has picked up remnants of trees and sky and liberally mixed their molecular structure to form an abstract of nature. There is depth and shape and an extra dose of whimsy for those who enjoy a conceptual look or two.

What I had learned:

Play. I like to see what happens when I push the envelop a bit.

www.roxanneoverton.com – where you will find more photography and information on my photography books.


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The Backdrop

The Critique:

A shadowed triangle anchors walkers as they move forward in the frame away from the church rising in the background. Spatial relationships are rich with people giving perspective to the shot. Warm colors permeated the shot with humans sporting brilliant colors to catch my eye. Nice repetitive shapes join strong vertical lines to add strength to the image. This is a good study for ICM, intentional camera motion. It’s easy to differentiate between the static structure and the additional movement of the people as they join the camera’s dance.

What I had learned:

I watch for light, shapes and splashes of color.

www.roxanneoverton.com – where you will find more photography and information on my photography books.

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Late in the Day

The Critique:

Columns, beautifully detailed and lit by stunning light, frame the walker as she heads toward her future. Nature and stone contrast nicely giving softness and life to the scene. ICM, intentional camera movement, adds a touch of motion to the elongated moment – vibrancy and life. I like the strong vertical lines that enhance the choice of a portrait style frame. The colors are rich and lush. The smoothness of movement gives a look and feel of serenity. Spatial relationships are strong and the walker gives excellent perspective to the size of the structures.

What I had learned:

I like to find a person to give more meaning to architectural elements.

www.roxanneoverton.com – where you will find more photography and information on my photography books.





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Under the Umbrella

The Critique:

The pyramidal shape of the white umbrella immediately draws my eye. It protects those beneath and adds balance within the frame. It jars the visual senses a bit with its strong horizontal line bisecting the vertical frame. ICM, intentional camera movement, enhances shapes and adds a bit of mystery to the shot. Lovely light expands reds and greens and washes the neutral tones in a cloak of warmth. Rectangular patterns abound adding interest.

What I had learned:

I watch for balance – elements in harmony.

www.roxanneoverton.com – where you will find more photography and information on my photography books.


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