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caroline's garden 01

Last week I visited my dear friend Caroline in Oxford.  Her home has been a sanctuary for me in times of trouble and these few photos seek to portray the calm and tranquility I have found there.  Simple pleasures - a cup of coffee or glass of wine, the sun's rays, the sound of the canal water lapping gently at the bottom of the garden, the company of a good friend - what more could you want?

caroline's garden 01

Last week I visited my dear friend Caroline in Oxford.  Her home has been a sanctuary for me in times of trouble and these few photos seek to portray the calm and tranquility I have found there.  Simple pleasures - a cup of coffee or glass of wine, the sun's rays, the sound of the canal water lapping gently at the bottom of the garden, the company of a good friend - what more could you want?

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This does an excellent job of portraying tranquility, but I think a somewhat asymmetric crop may be worth exploring. Just a thought. It works as is.
anniedog: By asymmetric crop, do you mean not having the cup centred? Or more of the bench and less of the pot or vice versa? Hadn't thought to do it another way, but it just goes to show that there's more ways than one to compose your picture. Somehow it just turned out like this!
Ingrid
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 15 Aug 2007, 01:48
Oh yes, Ingrid. I feel it. So glad you have a place of sanctuary for your soul. We all need such a place and friend!
anniedog: Thanks Ginnie. You are so right!
Ingrid
  • Kay
  • 15 Aug 2007, 05:30
This photo speaks to me, Ingrid. I feel the same way you do about seeking out a calm and tranquil spot to soothe the soul. This photo, in itself, works very well. Love it!
anniedog: Thank you very much Kay. Sometimes you just need to be still and do not very much!
Ingrid
This photograph really works, and conveys exactly you emotions. (:o)
anniedog: Thank you Rosalyn. I think it's something to do with the symmetry and that little ray of sunshine.
Ingrid
Great composition. Nice little slash of sunlight. Very very relaxin.....zzzzzz
anniedog: Have you nodded off? That little slash of sunshine is just a memory now. As I type, the rain is bucketing down!
Ingrid
Totally understood! Personally,I get peace, satisfaction and pleasure from beautiful geometry in frames, such as Mondriaan's, Cartier Bresson's and Degas' so I am at one with you on this fine image.
anniedog: Thank you so much David. I'm glad to hear that you appreciate a finely framed and composed image because I think it is so important. It's something I strive for but don't always succeed. I didn't crop this one at all, so I guess it was a success! The artists you refer to are also some of my favourites - also love Japanese woodblock prints for their simplicity and graphic qualities.
Ingrid
I love the way the cup of coffee has been placed on the chair, it looks out of place but at the same time it looks just perfect there grin
anniedog: I just happened to be sitting on the bench and put it there and noticed the way the sun was hitting it! Thanks.
Ingrid
  • Tracy
  • 15 Aug 2007, 10:34
Sounds like my kind of afternoon. Love the shot.
anniedog: Thank you Tracy - glad you appreciate it.
Ingrid
the company of a good friend - what more could you want?

Call me gready, Ingrid, but how about a big lottery win?

You have certainly presented an image that conveys the words that you express to accompany it. Well balanced with good colouration, yet I find myself wanting a bit more to be in focus. Just me I suppose.
anniedog: Ah, Chad, what a cynic you are! Of course, a lottery win would be nice, but on this particular day, this was enough for me! I suppose I was focusing on the cup - not sure if I agree with you this time as I quite like a bit of differential focus.
Ingrid
Total relaxation smile
Looks like a great place Ingrid
anniedog: It certainly is! Thanks for dropping by again.
Ingrid
To be there !!!!
A great composition, look forward to see the serie Annie !
anniedog: I think it would get a bit crowded if you all came and visited - it's only a little garden! Will post another tomorrow. Thanks for your comments.
Ingrid
Great picture. A place for sitting and thinking about life with a glass of coffee... smile
anniedog: ...or a glass of wine! (more of that later)... Thanks for the visit and comment.
Ingrid
Lovely simple image Ingrid - but one that will have have its own meaning for everyone that looks at it. Really like this one. David.
anniedog: I think it's good that people can bring their own meaning to what they see. That's what it's all about, isn't it? Thank you.
Ingrid
A picture after my own heart - the abandonned cup probably has a different connotation for each viewer. In this context it speaks of relaxation and tame taken to enjoy the garden. A nice thoughtful shot.

On the subject of cropping - I find it slightly disconcerting with the cup almost plum centre both horizontally and vertically. Slightly more bench would prob help the composition IMHO. Mike
anniedog: This business of cropping and centring of subjects is a minefield! I see what you are saying about having the subject bang in the centre - I have a tendency to do that - I suppose it is wanting to get everything symmetrical. However, in this case, if I had more bench, I would have less pot and I don't think that would have looked as good. I suppose I could have stepped back - in fact I did and took another photograph - but then that is a completely different image. I felt this one worked best. Thanks for the input.
Ingrid
I love it when photographers challenge these preconceived ideas about rule of thirds, things being plum centre, don't have the horizon dead centre etc, etc. Nice images are just nice, images that challenge concepts, ideas, tradition and the accepted norms are images that stand up to be counted, stand outside the box.

As soon as I saw the mug central to the image, I thought "yes, that's my girl!" Love it!
anniedog: Well, I couldn't have put it better myself! I think there are too many photographers slavishly following rules. I know rules are there for a reason but thereagain, without people breaking the rules we wouldn't have much of the great art that we have today - I'm sure the likes of Manet, Cezanne, Picasso, Matisse etc etc didn't have much regard for rules! Not that I am comparing myself to them for one moment - it's just that when I look through the viewfinder, I just move the camera around until what I see pleases me. It's not even a very conscious thing, just something that strikes an aesthetic chord within me. Quite often, it doesn't work, but then sometimes it does! Thanks very much for the input - I do enjoy these little debates!
Ingrid
This is so simple but so effective. Congratulations
anniedog: Thanks very much Christopher. I'm glad you like it.
Ingrid

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