Friday, April 4, 2008


I really didn't think I as going to fool anyone with my picture of the "pyramids" yesterday. I know you're much too clever for that, but what I did want to do was to portray an image that went beyond the standard sunrise photo.

I know some of you read a blog from a brilliant photographer and journalist by the name of David McMahon of Authorblog. In fact, through his recurring "Post of the Day" article a few of us have become acquainted.

It's through his photography and informative (and generally witty) commentary that made me compose that sunrise picture a little different. David would be the first to tell you to look beyond the obvious image and find something that is out of the ordinary, or that captures the subject in an unfamiliar way.

Such was my intent yesterday. At first, I looked at the magnificent colors as the sun shown through the clouds and trees. My natural reaction was to frame the shot so the roof tops were not visible at all, but then I looked at it again and saw the silhouette, that to me, looked like the great pyramids. "Aha, that's a more interesting view," I thought.

The point to all this is I've come to have a better (or at least different) appreciation for subject matter in my photographs. Thanks for the pointers David!

If you haven't had the opportunity to check out his site, by all means go by and have a look. Click here. Like Bill Cosby would say in the Fat Albert show, "If you're not careful you might just learn something."

Here's the first picture

Here it is again in the afternoon

Oh, and what's this?

Well look at that. It's the Sphinx in front of the pyramids!

I just about have another short story ready to post. Maybe by tomorrow.


Jahooni said...

you are funny.
i take horrible pics so maybe i should hop over there and learn a thing or two.
happy friday! ;)~

Dana said...

As goofy as it might sound, I've "learned" quite a bit about photo composition by doing my HNT's. I'll definately check out David McMahon!

Leighann said...

Did you spook the cat after taking that pic? I bet you did MUWAHAHA!

San said...

Hey man, you have an award over at my place.

katherine. said... the cat getting back at you for hissing at it?

david is an amazing photographer and author...he has encouraged me to look differently thru that little view finder too...

Sandee (Comedy +) said...

I thought you were just drinking and seeing things. Have a great day Jeff. :)

Doc said...

HA! The Sphinx.... Funny!

jennifer said...

I love the Spinx! Two very cool posts.


Jeff B said...

Jahooni- Hope you check out his site. it really is a good one.

Dana- Like most things, when we slow down and look a little more intentionally at the "_____" the results are so much better.

Leighann- Damn, I missed that oppertunity!

San- Thank you in advance. I'll be over in a bit.

Katherine- Your lastest pic is a perfect example of that.

Sandee- The strongest thing in my system these days is Dr Pepper. No, this is just natural silly.

Doc- Just the name Sphinx is funny isn't it?

Jennifer- Thanks, they were fun.

Rhea said...

Great lesson! I'll try to do more of that also...looking for the out of ordinary in photo taking. I LOVE the Sphinx, btw.

Mimi Lenox said...

Thanks for the tip. I'll check it out.

Travis said...

Very clever composition there.

Ron said...


In yesterdays really DID have me there. It took some time (like 2 hours) to actually figure out what you did to get the shot!

It's a beautiful shot, too!

Hey...I love how you added BOO-BOO Kitty Sphinx in the final shot here...too damn cute!

Anticipating your next story....

Jeff B said...

Rhea- It adds anothe ellement to the photos.

Mimi- He always has good advise.

Travis- thanks buddy.

Ron- I was surprised she sat there long enough for me to get the shot.

Mel said...

Well done.
And I had no problem imagining the kitty jumping up to that PSSSTTTT that you undoubtedly gave her.

And now I'll haffta go visiting!

Have a great Saturday, sir!

CrazyCath said...

I love the last shot. A lot of my photos look like that. I have a sphinx too!