Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Mise en Scène

After days and days of rain, the wet streets have provided a perfect setting for some carefree shots in the spirit of lomography. I posted once before about this extremely cool approach to photography. Don't think... just shoot! Shoot from the hip! Forget aim or settings or white balance, just snap and see what happens! In this case, I captured two upside down palm trees trapped inside a puddle. And to think, I might have just stepped right over them.

22 comments:

Jilly said...

Marvellous! We really do have to look all around us, don't we? And you always do. A super shot. I remember when you posted before on lomography. So interesting.

Yakpate said...

Thank goodness I read further in time to realize I was NOT feeling dizzy and disoriented for no reason... your shot took my brain by surprise! Lomography... I wonder how I could apply this principal to poetry...

Sky below my feet, I
step up on you, dipping
new shoes into clouds,
forgetting where I am,
delighted as a child.

Sharon said...

Sometimes we find beauty in unique places. Great shot.

Tanya said...

Very cool shot Laurie!

Judy Williams said...

I love the topsy turvey feel this gives us, even though we know it is a reflection. The curve adds to the interest and beauty of the shot. It's almost a natural diptych with the power lines dividing it in half. I love the tones of this. Did you convert it to black and white? I like the hint of sepia.

And you thought you could go another day without a song to go with an image?

Reflections of My Life

LSaeta said...

Wonderful shot. I love it!

Petrea said...

I love puddle shots! I've been doing a lot of them lately. Keep your camera dry!

altadenahiker said...

Oh yes, lomography. That's what I practice. I'm a desciple, actually, just didn't know it. I always forget to aim, mess up the settings, and what's white balance?

Stéphane Kardos said...

Très jolie mise en scène Laurie :)

Dixie Jane said...

I stood on my head
Hit it on the keys
Looking at today's post
Call it poetry, please

Over, under, sideways, down
The mayor ran away,
Grandma can't be found
Mama packed her bags,
Daddy left town
We're hoping it's easier here
In Topsy Turvy Town

Thanks, Laurie, for another artistic view through puddles on the ground.
In California you never know where palm trees can be found.

I can't stop!!!!!!!

Trish said...

agree with Yak on this---my mind was trying to adjust and focus when the image first came up...then I clearly saw the palm trees and I re-adjusted.

LOVE the pic!

I've gotten some of my better pics by just shooting from the hip, not trying to make the shot perfect, just shooting.

Keep up the great work Laurie!

Dusty Lens said...

Hey, I commented to Babooshka about lomography. She alluded to gorilla style photo shoots, sneak in, shoot and run.

Ken Mac said...

very off kiltering...makes my vertigo kick in. Laurie hold me up!

dbdubya said...

When I first saw this it looked like a shot from under a curved bridge like the Oaklawn Bridge, a Greene and Greene designed architectural masterpiece in South Pasadena. Then I saw the palm trees that were upside down and realized it was a reflection in a puddle. Great photo.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Is this lomography a variation of the, "shoot 1st, ask questions later," Way of the Shutterladybug?

Mister Earl said...

Cafe:

Don't ask! ;-)

Shanna said...

Love your poem, Yak.

Laurie said...

Greetings everyone,

Topsy-turvy Town! Dixie Mom, I love your whimsical take on this. And Yak, your poem is truly wonderful.

Dbdubya, you remind me of yet another landmark I must photograph and post! Onward!

Thanks for the lovely words and thoughts today, folks. Until tomorrow...

Laurie said...

Oh, and Cafe -- don't worry. I won't shoot you! (NOt while you're looking, anyway!)

Babooshka said...

One of my own this could be. Beauty is there we just have to find it.

Laurie said...

Babooshka, I'm honored. You know I am one of your biggest squealing fangirls!

Marian Fortunati said...

Fabulous...
It's so funny... I kept trying to figure out whether you posted it upside down or why it looked like that...
Now that I've read your explanation, I wonder why I couldn't see it in the first place..
FABULOUS.. the more I look at it the more I see!