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Monday, July 28, 2008

wall of buoys

These snapshots were taken on Orcas Island in Seattle, WA about two years ago. As you can see, the sun was really hot and bright that day, not ideal for picture taking, but I like the combination of colors and textures in the buoys so I decided to post them here. I think the second is the best of the three. They might look good as oil paintings once I improve my skills...let's see, oh, about 10-20 years from now :P or maybe I should just leave them as photos. What do you think?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting how the mundane becomes interesting with the right framing. They almost look like drying food (fruit or maybe salami)

You'd have to be very careful to avoid the "margaritaville" vibe though. Although considering Michael's new found mixology talents it might be appropriate after all!

1:21 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

they do kind of resemble salami hanging in a deli shop, esp. the one on our far right in the second one.

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

oh, and speaking of island shenanigans, have you ever seen this fascinating youtube video clip?:

1:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree with the salami reference...I think of fishing lures too, so it's always fun when photo makes the mind wander.

I like the subtle shadows that are actually ON the floats.

good framing too.
(I always have to crop to get things framed right, but, I don't try so hard knowing I'll process it in photoshop anyways.)
I know you did this right in the camera and can appreciate that!
xox, studio moi

10:35 AM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

thanks anon. re: the tricky outdoor lighting - sometimes you've got to just take the pictures and hope for the best. I knew I would probably never return to that place again and even if I did, it wouldn't look the same, so I snapped away. I suppose it's fortunate I got something from it at all :) a lot of my photos are taken in this fashion.

re: cropping within the viewfinder. I tend to compose exactly how I want it to be within the viewfinder when I shoot it - which is actually a mistake because as you know, most standard mats and frames will require some cropping of the image on the outermost edges. I often have to have my mats custom-made because I can't afford to lose the far edges of the composition. I should learn to leave some excess.

2:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At first, I wasn't sure if I liked the lighting on these but now I think that they look very nice. I've always had mixed feelings about direct sunlight, though. It's interesting how the top photo has a more chaotic feeling because of how the buoys are hanging and the second one is very orderly. I'm not sure which one I prefer. I actually like the whole wall of them because of the mixture of order and disorder. BTW, now it's hard not to think of them as hanging salami : )

8:55 AM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

thanks for your comments Pappy. yeah,as you can see by the wide shot, it's all about the framing - and the lighting too. I'm hoping my trip this weekend to the old mining town Columbia will involve more favorable lighting conditions. either way, I'm bringing my camera!

1:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey , I love coming here always so interesting and beautiful work!!!! I am doing an event on orcas next month. when were you there?

10:13 PM  
Blogger Tina Banda said...

thank you Tamara! I tried to click on your name just now to see If I could write back to you directly but ran into a dead end so I'll just answer you here. hopefully, you'll be back to see my reply.

I was in Orcas Island almost two years ago. M and I tend to travel to at least one place in the US every year. that year, we went to Seattle, Orcas Island and Port Townsend. we had a great time. I just wish we had reserved a day or two more for each place, especially Seattle. there's so much to do there. it's a fun place with an easy, casual vibe. I loved all of the art galleries and glass workshops there too. we'll have to return someday. well, good luck on your event and I'm glad you are enjoying the blog. it's a great pleasure to hear from new readers like yourself. the internet can be an amazing thing.

11:23 AM  

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