Tuesday, March 24, 2009

J is for Joy in Photography AND in Blogging

I usually have decided on what letter to use for ABC Wednesday several days in advance. However, J proved to be an unexpectedly difficult letter to work with. Nothing seemed to fit. So I did what I usually do in such circumstances - I grabbed the camera bag and went for a walk. At first I was not in the mood for photography at all (photography is a "mood" thing for me). That is, until I found the subject above. Something was sticking its tongue out at me! Joyfully I crept close and snapped it with my 17-70mm lens. Perfect. No cropping needed.

But what it is, you may well ask? Look at the picture beneath and guess again. Still no cropping.

Here I had taken a step or two backwards to include a bit more of this wooden monster. A sort of angled eye had appeared.

Still no clue? Look beneath again.


A quite ordinary cable drum, but of fairly large dimension. And a picture I have obviously cropped for effect.

That is the Joy of Photography and Blogging: There is always something to be found that can be used for both if only you keep the mind open and the finger on the button. And of course, carry a camera.


Today's post is an entry in the fourth round of ABC Wednesday, the meme initiated by Denise Nesbitt.


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50 comments:

richies said...

I always appreciate your interesting eye for photos.

An Arkies Musings

Malyss said...

As we say in France, :"you've got the eye"!It means that some people can walk among treasures and don't see anything, and some other will ALWAYS find something to see, even in the more improbable places! Of course, you belong to the second group!I like the way you drive us to the discovering of the final thing. I saw a tongue in the first picture, but could find what it was.
And I agree with you about a point: blogging and photographying are a real joy!

Liv said...

Artig innlegg for J. Den var vanskelig, enig med deg i det.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Wonderful J post and I very much agree with you! I too have to be in a certain mood to see a good shot. There's a LOT of joy in taking photos (and some frustration too). Love how you teased us to guess what your first and second shots were.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Great work Rune, först förstod jag ingenting! men det var vackert. Visst är det nästan alltid härligt bara man har sin kamera med sig.

Joyful

Ha det gott/ Tyra

Sylvia K said...

You do indeed have an "eye" for the perfect shot! This is just great! Always enjoy your photos and your posts! Thanks for sharing!

kadermo said...

Det var en god lösning på problemet med J. Jag hade också bestämt mig i förväg - hade Jump - min son på studsmatta, en gammal diabild. Men den var inte skarp nog. Så det fick bli något annat.

Nave said...

Incredible photography!! and how crisp :) and just after you added the background story it makes it a perfect way to do the meme

And Welcome to my blog Fjell.. and Thank you for your visit and read !!

naturglede said...

Jeg synes ikke J var en enkel bokstav, men nå er det gjort. Du hadde et fint innlegg da. Gøy!

The Things We Carried said...

Ah, I ws thinking a children's play structure, or a belt and a barrel...So glad you showed us it all. Great textures.

Vita Stunder said...

Awesome shot! :)

You got the 'eye' that's for sure!
I love the textures.

By the way - do you speak Swedish,
silly question - but I think of your nickname?
Rune, it is a typical swedish name. But I type in english to be be sure that you understand me :)

Anemone said...

Helt kjempe Rune. Tøft!!
Av ditt første bilde her fikk jeg en assosiasjon med å rekke tunge jeg .-)) fy og skam

PERBS said...

lol You had three comments when I arrived at your site. . . I went and did some things in the house while your page wa uploading as it is so photo intensive. I forgot to come back until now when I needed a break. Look at all the comments above me now! Ü

I enjoyed the series and had no idea whatsoever what it was until you revealed it. You know, years ago before digital cameras. many of us wouldn't even bother with such a photo and now we marvel at them!

imac said...

Very ENJOYABLE photo and post, my friend

RuneK said...

Rett og slett stilig! :)

Babooshka said...

You're a born photogrpaher. I understand the mood thing. Even work photography has to be in the right mood. I had no idea what it was at first and I enjoyed finding out. You see things in a very unique way.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I thought it was some wooden monster poking its tongue out at first!

Andrée said...

I know exactly what you mean about being in the mood for photography. And what a shot you got! Another thing about photography is its power to change mood.

ChrisJ said...

Great photos, Rune. You have a good eye for picking out the unusual. Our time in Norway is getting closer and I'm looking forward to it.

Vicky said...

I can identify with your title- joy in taking photos,blogging and reading blogs.

Tumblewords: said...

Great use of your photographic skill! I didn't guess what it was until very near the end of the scroll. Nice work!

Carol said...

Great photos and a fun post...very creative J...I couldn't guess it...

AVCr8teur said...

You hit the nail on the head this week, J is definitely Joy for Photography! That is huge drum. It reminds me of a spool for giants.

Regarding your comment, I guess I didn't take a photo of your Union Square hotel. Was it the St. Francis?

Grace and Bradley said...

What a joyful post. "J" also gave me some difficulty till remember that I saw "japonica" somewhere recently and got my Zosterops japonicus.

ArneA said...

Must be your second winner in POTD
Do you hear David!!!!!!!!!!

hpy said...

Pa den forsta bilden sag det ut som om nagon glomt en socka i ett hal, pa den andra sag virket ut som ett gammalt galarskepp, och forst pa det tredje sag jag hur lurad jag blivit! :-)

david mcmahon said...

I salute you. Arne told me to see this post!

Sherrie said...

Hi!
That was a wonderful "J" post. Good job on finding the perfect photos!! Have a great day!!

Sherrie

Reader Wil said...

Hey Rune! I would never have guessed that this was a cable drum! Great photos! Thanks for your visit to my concentration camp post. I value your opinion very much and answered it on my blog.

Jay said...

Never mind 'J' for 'Joy' - the leather strap is hanging in a 'J' shape! LOL!

Miss_Yves said...

And it's a joy for us to discover such creative posts and photos !

imac said...

Thanks for your visit and kind comments on the lights, so much fun.

Granny Smith said...

I loved your creative post, but I still don't understand the gray "tongue". How does it relate to the drum?

This is the kind of post that gets photographers to thinking.

John said...

Flott komponerte bilder. Jeg scrollet meg nedover men klarte ikke å gjette hva det var før det siste bilde kom til syne. :)

Kostas said...

Ha, ha, most excellent work, very good eye, and marvellous machine, made post leading Rune!

kml said...

Very creative - I love it!

My camera - never leave home without it - you just never know!

introspection said...

Beautiful pictures...!!! Eye openers for the phographically challenged, like me. But I am learning thanks to pictures like these and Thanks to David, for sharing all his knowldge AND for bringing to our attention the best in Blogsphere. Yes, I am here coz you are the Winner of best POTD award by David. just declared and desrvedly so.
CONGRATS...!!!!

Katney said...

Delightful--and well deserving of OPTD!

Hyde DP said...

Yes the mood has to be right - it was raining this morning but I went out - took one picture despite the rain. Went walking up the road chasing another possible shot but was on the wrong side of a busy road. Almost had another shot in view but a homeward-bound bus arrived so I got on it. I may get those missed shots another day when the mood is right. The sun came out while I was on the bus and I thought perhaps I should have stayed and caught a later bus but now I'm home it is hailstoneing so methinks I did right to get home.

Neva said...

Very well done, Rune.....glad you showed what it was as I had no clue!

Cheffie-Mom said...

Great job! Congrats on POTD!

Mojo said...

I never would have guessed it. Marvelous play! And I couldn't agree more on the last line.

Dick said...

Great shot, photographing is a mood thing indeed.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Came over from David. Congratulations on POTD. Loved your post with your detailed and interesting photography.

Leslie: said...

Hey, you're now competing with David over at authorblog for great photos that trick us all! Congrats on making his POTD - there is NO doubt you deserve the honour! Great shots - and you got me! lol

Barbara Martin said...

This was well done, and kept me guessing until the end.

Ida said...

Vakkert!
Det andre bildet tiltaler meg veldig.
Du er en god fotograf som får "dagligdagse" ting til å se så flott ut på bilder!
Jeg bruker slike tromler til bord flere steder i hagen.
Hadde fått plass til denne også jeg, selv om den var STOR! ;)

Sarah Laurence said...

How funny! I thought it was part of an old clipper ship at first, probably due to your lovely banner photos and blogging about a maritime museum myself. It shows how even the ordinary can be interesting. Great photos. Congratulations on your POTD!

pictureeachday said...

Oh! That last picture did surprise me! These are beautiful photos - I am especially fond of the first one. I often find that photography is a mood thing for me as well.

Old Wom Tigley said...

As soon as I saw the wide open mouth with a ugly looking tonge poking out I thought of 'J' for Jane.... I'm only joking Jane is much more wooden that that.. :O)

Tom