Enlightened Opportunity: a photographic work with a latticed door

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Ian Stehbens on September 7, 2007

Most visits to the art gallery are visits in which I am intent on creating my own works by seeing other art works from a new perspective. I was standing in front of a lattice door leaning against the wall when a macroshot that attempted to work on the light and shadows created by the lattice captured me. I captured it and I knew at once I had the shot of my day.

Mark Highton Ridley on October 7, 2007

Good attempt, Ian - I think I would have preferred to see the brightest part on one of the thirds' intersections to add punch. You've got a good eye for the abstract. More please :)

Ian Stehbens on October 8, 2007

I appreciate both your affirmation and your advice very much, Highton-Ridley. In "enlightened opportunity" there was a limit in one direction created by what would have been a distraction, so I preferred to stay with what I had and use only one third-line. I thought about cropping to go to the intersection, but then the matrix seemed just a little too coarse, so I let it be. A significant issue for me is that as panoramio is linked to Google Earth, I have regarded it as primarily a landscapes photoshare site. Quite a lot of my album has been directed at providing good images of particular locations rather than working on my creative art or abstracts. However I have realised that there are those who are looking for artistic work and the like on Panoramio. So I will continue to add some more occasionally. I do not yet have the time to belong to a camera club, and most of my shots are shots taken while travelling for work or occasional short breaks. I look forward to the day when I have time to create and wait for the right opportunities. I do enjoy your work very much.

Mark Highton Ridley on October 12, 2007

Hi Ian, I see you thought a lot about it.. sometimes, as you say, you've just got to go with what you've got. I know that a lot of people take the time to pick their shot and then return to make the capture. Not me.

Like you I spend a lot of time being in different places for my work. But as long as you keep your camera with you and you keep your eyes open, there are opportunities all round. This one, this one and this one (with two more to upload) were taken when I was visiting a friend at Bristol General Hospital - lucky I had my camera with me :)

Ian Stehbens on October 12, 2007

Hi again, Highton-Ridley. Greetings from Oz. I have viewed the Bristol Hospital images and appreciated your artistry again. And had another look at some of your coastal/dune shots again, just for the pleasure. I am now thinking that I must go down the street into the older precinct of Parramatta this afternoon, to see if I can see with eyes like yours. Makes me feel like I am beginning in your camera club and going out on assignment.

Mark Highton Ridley on October 14, 2007

Hi Ian -- and greets from the UK :) I'm glad you like the coastal / sand dunes shots. They are growing on me, too. I'm putting some of them in an exhibition in November, so wish me luck :)

Yes, go out into the older part of Parramatta - and don't be frighted to capture some up-close abstract-type shots of interesting stonework /architecture etc. Go to it!! :)

Ian Stehbens on November 17, 2007

Hi Highton-Ridley, Yesterday I went to Parramatta and I have posted a couple of close-up shots for you: one historical stonework, the other of artistic architecture. Thanks for the encouragement to do that. Ian

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vo-id on February 5, 2011


Ian Stehbens on February 6, 2011

Dear Monica,

I am very pleased with this image, and so also very pleased when another photographer appreciates it too. So I regret that I didn't acknowledge your comment earlier. I apologise. Thank you very much.


Ian Stehbens on February 6, 2011

Thanks vo-id. I see that you also have a collection of artistic images in your gallery. Glad you liked this image.


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Photo taken in Royal Botanic Gardens, Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

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