Weekly Photo Challenge -Perspective / Travel Theme – Tempting

“Too often in life we pass by important things. Let’s pause, change perspectives, and see things more clearly.”

Sergio da Silva

CLIMBING HIGH

CLIMBING HIGH

This week Ash has tasked us with illustrating “perspective” – showing how effectively photographers can change the mood or meaning of a scene based on the way it is captured and/or cropped.Β  For example, you’d think in the shot above that some very talented climbers are effectively scaling the face of a challenging cliff.

DOWN LOW

DOWN LOW

“One of the best gifts you can give to someone is a wider perspective.”

C. Joybell C

Talented maybe, but experienced and up high they are not!Β  The shot was actually captured while I was watching a beginning class for new climbers who hadn’t really made much progress at all πŸ™‚

What about the shot below? Do you suppose this lovely deer is making the most of his forest environment?

YOUNG BUCK

YOUNG BUCK

We begin to learn wisely when we’re willing to see world from other people’s perspective.”

Toba Beta

Actually no, the shot was taken in the yard of a small neighborhood home in the pouring rain. The deer appeared to have a cut on his leg and was catching a quick rest before moving back into the foliage around him. Here he is in the same exact spot- the only change was that I moved to a different position to illustrate the point.

SUBURBAN VISITOR

SUBURBAN VISITOR

Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”

Marcus Aurelius

So, remember the next time you see something that catches your eye, give a thought to what else might have been in the scene.Β  Has the photographer shown you everything that was there, or might the reality have been something else entirely?

AT SEA

ON THE SEA

Perspective is necessary. Otherwise there are only two dimensions.”

Margaret Atwood

On the sea?Β  Maybe — or maybe not πŸ˜‰

ON LAND

ON LAND

“Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.”

Gregory Peck

As a photographer it is always temptingΒ to shape the world as we see it. To my mind this becomes a problem only if we are news reporters tasked with documenting reality. Those of us who shoot for pleasure need face no penalty for the occasional trompe l’oeil – after all, seeing is believing……..or is it ?!

Thanks to Ash for his challenge, and to Ailsa for her suggestion on temptation.Β  To see other bloggers’ perspectives on the world, click here.Β  For a bit more temptation, try this.

118 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge -Perspective / Travel Theme – Tempting

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    • Thanks Laurie! Manipulate is such a strong word, it sounds almost like deceiving. I prefer to think of it as “influencing” :-), especially where emotions are involved! Thanks for your visit and comment!

  2. really great post (and hope the deer’s leg healed up) – anyhow, favorite quote front his post was:
    β€œOne of the best gifts you can give to someone is a wider perspective.”
    and my favorite photo was the lighthouse one. πŸ™‚ ~y.

    • Thanks Yvette. I remember when shooting the lighthouse that I worked hard to get the “at sea” perspective. As you could see in the second version, it was quite a distance away!

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  4. Wonderful take on the theme as always Tina, I really love those shots of the deer in the garden in the rain. It looks as though it has an old long healed injury to one of its back legs…..

  5. I always come away from your photo challenges (ok, all your photos) with an interesting mix from your photos, quotes, and words. This was a particularly enjoyable post!

  6. what an interesting entry…..the shots beautiful.! haven’t really given this much thought….but will in the future question “am i really looking at reality”……..and yes…matters most when coming from the news reporters…..great!!

    • Thank you Sartenada! This one was taken in Oregon and while it’s a great spot for climbing isn’t anywhere near as impressive as either of those you mention. On the other hand, it is a beautiful park for hiking. Thanks for stopping by and for your comment.

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  8. Gosh, Tina, I do this all the time and don’t even think about it. I try to hide the usually obvious urban in my “wilderness shots” every chance I get.

    • Yep, me too Robert, but it’s amazing how often people don’t take the time to catch their backgrounds from the right angle. Fun showing what a difference it can make!

  9. Great captures Tina and well demonstrated that changing ones position can show a subject in an entirely different light. As photographers we can show what is our perspective of life πŸ™‚

    • Thanks PJB! That was one that took some work but I think the 2 shots really illustrated the difference that perspective can make. Appreciate your visit and comment!

  10. What a great theme! I loved the quotes from Gregory Peck and Marcus Aurelius. Great eye for cropping to make such stellar pictures! And – if we want to have a little life lesson moment – and don’t we all πŸ™‚ – conversely, we can apply this to how we look and deal with life and our perspectives
    of things. Life can look like what you want , you just have to crop out all the pissy things and
    keep on trucking!

    • Hi ML – yes, I agree the theme was really interesting this week! And I also love your comment about cropping out the pissing things and keeping the right perspective on life. Thanks for your interesting and thoughtful comment!

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    • πŸ™‚ Thanks Stefano! It’s amazing that such a photography fundamental is often missed by beginning shooters. We sure can make the world a more interesting place, can’t we?!

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  17. This is a very fine demonstration of moving around and finding the best spot to frame one’s photo, Tina. Oh surely, the camera is just as trustworthy as the pen or the keyboard in telling the truth. πŸ™‚ Great job and wonderful perspectives. You have given me something to think about now. πŸ™‚
    Love, Dina

  18. Love the pictures of climbers — have never tried this, and pretty sure I won’t ever. But I do marvel at why people want to do it and then that they actually do!

    • Thanks Rusha – I agree, you will NOT catch me climbing the side of a rock any time soon πŸ™‚ But my niece and her husband are among those crazy people who actually pitch their tents halfway up and sleep on the cliff. Can you IMAGINE? Anyway, appreciate your visit and comment!

      • I admire those people who pitch tents and sleep in steep climes. It’s just not for me. Love my bed — at home or in a hotel somewhere I want to be!

  19. Speaking of ‘two for one’ challenges, Tina… πŸ™‚ (I just happened to be in the right time, right place again!) Afraid I’d be down there with the beginners. In fact- that’s me, down there on the ground!
    I love your perspective on life πŸ™‚

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