Friday, January 30, 2009

Vertical Limit

Time To Make A Blind Guess

Photograph copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Maybe I paid more attention to geometry during my school days than I realised at the time. I guess that’s why the simplest of sights, such as this, stop me in my tracks.

I shot this during a day in Fremantle, the West Australian port city known simply, in the endearingly abbreviated style beloved by all and sundry in this sunburnt country, as "Freo".

The horizontal blinds had seen better days. So had the vertical segment of the painted window sill. But if I composed a really tight frame, a mundane sight might produce competing colours and contrasting aspects if shot correctly.

That’s the thing with geometry. You can always find the right angle.

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19 comments:

Meredith Teagarden said...

Clever you! I am afraid I was never good at math, but enjoyed this equation.

Sandi McBride said...

I just had a long conversation with the Granddaughter on word problems in math...I thought I had explained things very well...now I'm not so sure.
Sandi

TheWritersPorch said...

David....
The purple-ish mist made me think
of a ghostly form wanting to take a peek outside.

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Geometry or instinct, it's a grand photo.

Michelle said...

I love shots like that. I have several, but don't usually share them. I'm glad you did!

Cathy said...

It's amazing how something so ordinary, can turn into something as neat as that, through the lens of a camera! Great job!

Robert V. Sobczak said...

It's a good contrast in composition, and angles. Good eye for the architectural detail.

squawmama said...

This was fabulous... Thanks Donna

Chris said...

My eyes are just bouncing back and forth between the contrasting images.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

interesting, I always am enlightened in some way when i drop by.

Artist Unplugged said...

Beautiful lines in the photo....I remember no geometry, I took that in 10th grade!

E said...

I admire your ability to take such pictures- I could only wish to be able to do that. Thanks for sharing.

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

and you always do!!

Maggie May said...

That purplish mist over the blinds in a kind of V shape seems to draw the eye and gives an ethereal feel to it.
Something pleasing about simple subjects sometimes.

ValleyGirl said...

I am always amazed at how something boring ~ and even unattractive ~ can be turned into something beautiful by a talented photographer. Which is why I love your pictures!

jinksy said...

A very satisfying composition here. The colours give the photo the feel of autumn.

George said...

You definitely found the right angle for this shot.

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Me thinks you and Geometry have a lot in common - the right angle! Oh that's so obtuse. :)

Susie said...

hmmm, I admit I had to go back and take a second look on this one. Great shot David and it left me with this thought: if you can always find the right angle in geometry, then you can always see what you need to if you use the right lens.

now that's more thinking than I had planned on a lazy Friday night!
thanks for keeping me on my toes!