Don't just sit there, shoot something! (Explore)

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    Big storm came through Thursday. So, naturally, I wanted to document the incoming storm clouds. I returned to the park bench which featured in a few of my other photos. I like this bench. It's sturdy, comfortable, and well-placed. Conveniently positioned for colorful sunsets over a grassy park, it's also handy for pre-jog stretches (not that I ever indulged in the jogging, but I have been known to lean here for a hamstring stretch now and then), and it's about the only seat around for a hundred yards. It sees a lot of action. When designing the park, somebody's boss must have said, "This is only one bench left — place it well."

    The bench is also about 40 feet from my front door. So, I wasn't worried too much about the developing storm: if I needed to bolt back to the house, I could. I felt pretty comfortable just hanging around the bench, using it to compose some shots. Taking my time.

    That's what you do around benches. You take your time. Nobody's in a hurry when they're sitting on a bench. They're not wasting time, they're passing it.

    Yet while strolling back to my abode, attempting to maintain my park-bench-casualness, my wife said, "Hurry up, you're the tallest thing in the park!"

    Okay, so lightning. It's not respecter of park benches.

    At least, if I'd been struck, I wouldn't have to worry about not having a decent flash when I needed one.

    [Highest position in Explore: 137 on Monday, August 27, 2007]


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    1. fabricioluis 81 months ago | reply

      Good perspective. ;-)

    2. golden fire 81 months ago | reply

      Great colours and shot...the circular arm rest glues it altogether for me!

    3. Silent Observer 81 months ago | reply

      The contrast in colors in this photo is very powerful. Beautifully done!

    4. RichTatum 81 months ago | reply

      @ wofusa, ce3po, golden fire and Silent Observer: Thanks!

      BlogRodent: Rich Tatum

    5. ki.ka (on-off) 81 months ago | reply

      i like this pic a lot, saw it in the 5 flickr favs contest (winner!!) and still think it is one of your best shot!!

    6. RichTatum 80 months ago | reply

      Thanks, ki.ka67!

      BlogRodent: Rich Tatum

    7. RichTatum 80 months ago | reply

      wofusa, by the way, yes, I post-process almost all my work. The shot likes fine in-camera and usually looks pretty good on the computer, but almost everything can use a little digital noise romoval, saturation and contrast enhancement, and local contrast enhancement. For this shot, though, I really pulled out the stops on the saturation. I thought it looked much better with bright colors. Plus, the bench is really more of a brown color, but the camera saw it as a more reddish color (probably because of the warm light). So, I added some red to make it pop more against the blue clouds, and I enhanced the blue in the sky a bit more, too.

      BlogRodent: Rich Tatum

    8. Fadzly @ Shutterhack 80 months ago | reply

      Composition is one area of photography that begs for constant nourishment. I keep looking for new ideas and new subject matter with which to improve my skills and creativity as a photographer. Sometimes I feel a little stale, and other times I'm "on the jazz" so to speak. It's when I see photos like this one here makes me feel creative and my excitement level for photography is so high.

    9. RichTatum 80 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Shutterhack, for your viery kind and thoughtful words. I appeciate it a lot.

      I've noticed you usually leave great comments. This one is no exception!

      Pleased to meetcha!

      BlogRodent: Rich Tatum

    10. Eden-Lys 80 months ago | reply

      Great Image!
      You are I n v i t e d!
      Fantasia orbit
      Pls Tag: FlickrElite

      Seen in Flickr Elite Group (?)

    11. RichTatum 80 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the invite, Eden-lys!

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    12. dellafels 80 months ago | reply


      Seen in:
      Fantasia orbit

      Seen in Flickr Elite Group (?)

    13. Kirpernicus 80 months ago | reply

      Cool shot, love the color and unusual angle.

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Eye Candy!, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

    14. RichTatum 80 months ago | reply

      Thanks for the invite, Kirpernicus! Done.

      BlogRodent: Rich Tatum

    15. r.t.ficial 80 months ago | reply

      great perspective
      Viewed in Eye Candy!

    16. vingt_deux 77 months ago | reply

      whoa! this is gorgeous!

    17. NebraskaSC 73 months ago | reply

      Please post your amazing photo to Illinois Thunderstorms
      Please tag your photo "Illinois Thunderstorms

    18. Avant-Gardenist 71 months ago | reply

      Would you please plant this in the Avant-Garden?

    19. Bluesrose 22 months ago | reply

      love the angle you took it
      great geometry

    20. RichTatum 22 months ago | reply

      Thank you very much!

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