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#1 of 10 Old 10-27-2010, 07:17 PM - Thead Starter
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  Ten years ago when we moved in to this house we installed a swing set for DS. He is now sixteen so the set doesn't get much use anymore - hence the title. I realized a few days ago, though, that it would make a great subject for me to practice my photographic skills, and the following are some of the better shots. As usual, comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated. In this case I'm thinking this could make a decent photo essay, so if you have comments on my sequencing I'd appreciate them as well.

 

a) Swing.JPG

 

b) Rings.JPG

 

c) Dark Crossbar.JPG

 

d) Bolt Head Closeup.JPG

 

e) Single Nut.JPG

 

f) Single Leaf.JPG

 

g) Chain Head.JPG

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h) Full Crossbar.JPG

 

i) Two Bolt Heads.JPG

 

j) Three Nuts.JPG

 

k) Crossbar Side View.JPG

 

l) Tower and Crossbar.JPG

 

m) Vertical Tower.JPG

 

n) Concentric Tower.JPG

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Yabbut the grand kids will love it.

 

Great shots, particularly the one with the leaf.  I also was captivated by some of the marco shots, one in particular that showed four screws, two rusted, two not.  There's a story there somewhere.


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Wow, nice stuff!  I love the swing shot - that's a very interesting and unique point of view.  I really like the leaf shot and the one with the two rusted, two new screws.

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YM - we have similar tastes it seems!


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YM - we have similar tastes it seems!

 

I think we do!  I have discovered that while I love lots of different types of photographs, what I really like to photograph myself are details and stories.  I love beautiful scenery photos but an totally intrigued by photographs that tell me something, like the two new and two old screws.  There is a whole story there.
 

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  That photo of the screws was the first one that jumped out at me when I took these pictures, although I was worried that it was slightly out of focus. As for any stories, though, I don't know what they would be. Maybe the swingset has a secret life I don't know about.

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  That photo of the screws was the first one that jumped out at me when I took these pictures, although I was worried that it was slightly out of focus. As for any stories, though, I don't know what they would be. Maybe the swingset has a secret life I don't know about.



I think that's the point though - the stories are internal to the viewer.  That the story is there is what makes it a great photograph.

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I liked the one with the screws too.  The other one I liked was the beam with the 3 inset bolts.  They reminded me of a face looking slightly upward, as if it is seeing something over the top of my head.


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I liked the one with the screws too.  The other one I liked was the beam with the 3 inset bolts.  They reminded me of a face looking slightly upward, as if it is seeing something over the top of my head.


That, to me, is what sells this picture. I took another one that was more directly face-on, and it's nowhere near as interesting as this one.
 

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