Category: Photography


A letter to my dog

My dear Shelby, Have I told you what a fabulous dog you are? I may have forgotten lately, you might even think I’ve been a little cranky….  and it could have something to do with your new hobby of barking incessantly at absolutely nothing every time you go outside. I’m not sure what you are thinking – perhaps you are just so excited about … Read More A letter to my dog


Be safe, be warm

It’s storming again, the blizzard rages around the house. It’s dark and I can’t see the snow, but I can hear it beating on the windows and I can feel the cold seeping through the doors. We’re safe inside, cuddled by the fire. It’s warm and bright, the smells of supper still linger. Soon we’ll sleep in soft cozy beds…. So many are not … Read More Be safe, be warm


A Leaf blew by

And reminded me that Life will return to our cold and frozen land. Life recycles. The old brown leaf holds the promise of spring; she carries the memory of new life into the new spring that is waiting just around the corner. Her beauty lies in the story she tells…. and I am so grateful that she found me on a bitter winter’s day … Read More A Leaf blew by

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Thinking about Geometric Balance

Believe it or not, we have now included 13 different types of Balance in our discussion on composition. And we are STILL counting!! Billie Jean King at Billiejean’s Home has added number 14 to our list… Geometric Balance! A few days ago, she sent the following images & thoughts:    Janet, thanks for encouraging smuggers to participate. Your blog (and 2 Guys’ and Art’s) … Read More Thinking about Geometric Balance

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Is there such a thing as ‘Conceptual Balance’?

Actually, I think that ‘Perceptual Balance’ would be a more accurate description. So, technically the answer to my question would be No, there’s no such thing as conceptual balance …. I’m referring to the idea that as we view an image, we are perceiving an element of balance that is obvious, but not visually present, hence: Perceptual Balance! Do you see it in the … Read More Is there such a thing as ‘Conceptual Balance’?

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Balance in black & white ….

Just when we think we have talked about every form of Balance in composition that can be found, we find more! Isn’t that exciting? Billie King at Billie Jean’s Home on SmugMug has contributed the following shots & thoughts on Balance, she is the first to notice that we have NO black & white shots in our discussion, an oversight that needs to be … Read More Balance in black & white ….