Unexpected Things

Unexpected Things

pure white in 
morning light,
not blinkered
   in any
      fashion

though we
have seen
      many
   sunsets,
some together,
some apart

      another
beautiful
   setting,
   chariot
crossing
      of a 
springtime
   sky

   bright 
salmon pink.
just before
      it all
goes blue, 
then dark,
   so dark

27 thoughts on “Unexpected Things

      1. Yeah I can imagine. I only marvel and write about what I see locally on my daily walks and I guess most folks also walk right by. Though thankfully I’ve seen the whole seafront lined with people standing and gazing in awe at the spectacular sunsets that we experience here.

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      2. We are on the side of an ancient fjiord. Glacier rubble filled in it in thoudands of years ago, so we have a lake. At one time, it would have been salt water. Now, we are hundreds of miles inland.

        But we have very good sunsets. Sometimes I photograph them.

        (If you are photographing a sunset and can set your white balance, go for about 7000).
        šŸ™‚

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      3. That sounds absolutely wonderful. Knowing the ancient history of where you live must surely enhance your joy at living there. How fascinating that all our landscapes have changed so much over the millennia.
        Our sunsets here are stunning. Thank you so much for the tip on the best way to get a good picture šŸ˜Š

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      4. Ah well you derive an enjoyment that eludes me. I have and used to use a Canon Eos with all trimmings, paid Ā£450 at the time a lot, for a camera that I believed would last the rest of my life. But then digital cameras came along. I’ve never owned one of those. But life has altered and if I do want a picture I take it on my phone. My creative photography days are seemingly over. Unless one spends serious money on a phone the quality of photographs is going to be average at best, in my opinion.

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      5. Yes. I like cameras. Always have. We currrently do not have a cell phone. At home we have an answering machine, so we don’t miss much and we have private times.
        šŸ™‚

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      6. My Nikon D750 is a very advanced camera. But I use it in the really old-fashioned way. I control everything, even the focus. My eyes are not that good any more and the prints I make often look better than what I saw through my viewfinder.

        At best, a cell phone camera is an advanced automatic camera. It cannot think or make quality aesthetic choices. Definitely a ‘trap’. (But a trap we make for ourselves, because we do not choose to learn and control the photographic process ourselves. For many of us, the cell phone camera results are fine.)

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      7. Absolutely true. For my own life as it currently is the phone camera does what I need. I enjoyed my Canon days when I did all the work. I never quite got to the dark room stage, as life events made their demands. A kind neighbour used to do some of mine in his own darkroom for me though! With me assisting šŸ˜…

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      8. Yes I am indeed old enough to have used film up to about 20 (?) ish years ago. And no, not retired. I remember seeing the film hung up with clothes pegs and the picture coming through in the developing fluid in childhood. Magic.

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      1. I usually don’t touch anything I photograph. I might move around to get a pleasing angle on something, but do not and will not touch. To touch something changes it.
        šŸ™‚

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      2. Yes, I appreciate your state of mind, just your general disposition towards your theme when looking through the lens. The words that unfold focus on the angles.

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