I think I know why I am always surprised by the junk that shows up in my photos. I don’t have ADHD (I don’t quite fit all the criteria), yet I tend to see the world the way they often do: Either I notice all the details, or I don’t notice them (or at least not the ones other people notice) at all. I’m probably just your garden variety scatter-brained, but this tendency to latch onto to the stuff nobody else does, while missing some pretty glaringly obvious things, is something I’ve always done. I’ve become far more aware of it in later years because I finally figured out that it influences how I do housework. Or rather how I don’t.
Today it is sunny, breezy and a balmy 10 Celsius (that’s an even 50 Fahrenheit) so off with the long johns and on with the sneakers and out with the Powershot S2, which has basically been in hibernation all winter, not being a camera I can easily hide under my coat to keep dry between snapping pictures. So the camera and I took a slow walk around Ortuvann, looking for something different to point and shoot at.
Some of the photos I thought would be wonderful, weren’t. One had a distracting limb in the foreground (I was so focused on framing and focusing I never saw it), another had a bright blue house showing between the branches of the tree I wanted in the foreground I discovered once I downloaded the picture at home. I may be able to photoshop that out. And I need to learn how to focus. I am so tired of taking pictures like this:
And they were some really pretty cherry buds, too. I’d also like to do things like blurry foreground and background with focus on the middle range. (Could somebody tell me where I stashed the manual to my camera? Thanks.) On the other hand, I did manage to get some other pictures that turned out well using my usual method of just zooming in. These pictures have texture if not depth, and I’m actually quite happy with them. So enjoy a tree silhouette, a smorgasbord of moss, lichen and fungus on a dead tree, and the typical peeling behavior of birch bark.
(Click on photos to enlarge.)