Rebirth

21 05 2012

To those of you who followed me closely until I dropped off the face of the earth a month and a half ago, but love me enough to show up again when they saw the new post email, I sincerely thank you for bearing with me. I offer no excuses and ask no forgiveness.

Me (left) and My Nieces and Nephews

The brief explanation I owe you is after having my wisdom teeth removed and my work schedule intensify with a huge shift of responsibility onto my shoulders, most of my evenings have been spent with my family, my church, or my bed. To my most devoted followers and friends, Mona, Mary, Andra, Victoria and others, thank you for continuing to share and inspire with your photography and writing. You all coaxed me out of hiding helped encourage me to pick up the camera after work and do what I love again. To those of you who are here for the first time, I assure you such a lull in content shall not be the norm moving forward and you are well welcome company in this circle of friends and photographers.

Today after work I started a load of laundry and decided an appropriate theme for my return from absence would be rebirth… My Junior year of high school, we found out parts of our building were “unsafe.” Over the course of a tumultuous weekend our community and neighboring schools came together  to create a portable school in our Award Winning Band’s practice field. It wasn’t an ideal situation, but we made it work.

Portable Row

Above is a look at the portable row today. It’s a nearly stifling environment, one teacher went so far to describe it as our camp of concentration. Naturally, I hate to look at the dismal grey rows of buildings so I found the part that caught my eye and did what I do best, I got in close :)

This was hanging outside one of the buildings. I really liked the contrast of green on the otherwise grey background. My f/stop was very low, f/1.4, so the sun and the sky gave me a nice white glow to fade into the deep blue sky in the upper left. I thought about playing with this in Photoshop for a while, but maybe I’ll do a tutorial on that in the next post. This is the image exactly as it came out of my camera.

I got my fill of the old site and moved over to the edge of the new construction. It’s been nearly 5 years since we moved into the practice field and the new building is finally a reality. Of course you can’t tell in the above image. :) I ran my f/stop up to a fast f/1.4 and my shutter speed up to a quick 1/8000th of a second to get the DoF (depth of field) and brightness I wanted in this. I love an artistic shot of nature in the midst of an urbanscape or a construction site.

The building is a lot closer than it looked isn’t it? With my f/stop down to f/16 we can see the new building a lot better but the plant is definitely still the hero of this shot. A few fluffy clouds in the background add a lot to this image but you probably didn’t notice them until I said something. Some elements of a photograph appeal to us more sub-consciously than consciously. The same is true in the advertising world (yes I’m on a Mad Men kick along with the rest of the young male in a desk job populace.)

Finally here’s a look at the front lawn of the new school. I definitely prefer sprinkler row over portable row.

I hope you’ve enjoyed a slightly more local peek into my photography experiences. I appreciate you visiting and hope I get to hear from you all. I live for your feedback so feel free to fill my comments section with your thoughts. I do my very best to respond to all of them. If you think your reader’s would enjoy this or any post you are always more than welcome to press me. Social links for FB and Twitter are around here somewhere. :)

God bless you all and have a wonderful week! -Arley

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34 responses

21 05 2012
Mary Lou Rutledge

And I thought you HAD fallen off the earth! I’m so blessed to see you back!! Congrats on making it.
I sort of liked portable row but I did zoom in on the hanging fern. Good for you for all the work you’ve done.
Hope to see you again SOON!!!
PS looks like a good group in the kitchen. Been there with the wisdom teeth!

21 05 2012
96arley

Thanks Mary, it’s great to be back and I hope I’ll be back in the regular swing of things again!

21 05 2012
misty maples farm

Love the family hats! Welcome back!

21 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, I gave hats to the twins for their birthday then gave one to all the others just cause :)

21 05 2012
Andra Watkins

Ugh. Wisdom teeth. So glad you came through it. And, glad to see you back. I always feel presumptuous when I email people I’ve never met and ask them if they’re okay. Glad to know things are looking up.

21 05 2012
96arley

As far as I’m concerned, we’ve met. :) Thanks for dropping by!

22 05 2012
victoriaaphotography

Nice to see you ‘back on deck’, Arley. Hope you are feeling a whole lot better without those troublesome wisdom teeth.
(now, I’m off to hospital for surgery in 2 days, so I’ll be on the sidelines temporarily myself).

I have missed your great photography tips, but am improving as each week goes by. Joining the Zoo would have to be my greatest teacher though – takes a lot of practise to get between those fine animal cage wires (as you will have read on my PhotoBlog).

Look forward to reading your posts and viewing more of your photos in the future.

22 05 2012
96arley

Good luck with your surgery, you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers!

22 05 2012
victoriaaphotography

Thankyou Arley.

22 05 2012
thegardenimpressionists - our garden blog

Hello Arley,
Glad to see you’re back with WP. Liked the photo of the relatives in hats, and the new building looks pretty impressive. Just need a few flowers to soften the outlines now? I wondered what instrument you played in the band – it looks like its a fun group? BW from a for once hot sunny Wales. Julian

22 05 2012
96arley

I played the trumpet in Junior High but the only “instrument” I played at Ninety Six was my camera. I traveled with the band a few times to take pictures of their competitions. I’m sure the flowers are on their way. :)

22 05 2012
Dezra Despain

I was just thinking about you the other day and wondered what life situations pulled you away. Welcome back!

22 05 2012
96arley

Thanks Dezra, it’s nice to hear everyone hadn’t just forgotten about me. :) I appreciate you stopping by!

22 05 2012
Rich Green

Welcome back!

22 05 2012
96arley

Thanks Rich, it’s good to be back!

22 05 2012
babso2you

Thanks for the like on my blog!

22 05 2012
96arley

You’re welcome. I moved out on my own earlier this year and love interesting recipes.

22 05 2012
babso2you

If you come back be sure to click on “In the Kitchen” category for all of my recipes! Most are very easy to make! Good luck on being on your own! It’s a fun and exciting time….

22 05 2012
Rob

Funnily enough, it was only a few days ago I was wondering where you’d gotten to. Good to see you back!

22 05 2012
96arley

Thanks Rob, it’s good to be missed but hopefully it won’t happen again anytime soon! Glad you stopped by!

22 05 2012
H2O by Joanna

Hi Arley good to see you back in the blogging world! Glad to hear you’re okay!
I think we all hope to see a lot of you… :)

22 05 2012
96arley

Thanks :) to use one of my dad’s idiom’s, I certainly plan on getting back on the horse

22 05 2012
Constance Wallace

I like sprinkler row too! Great pics!

22 05 2012
96arley

Thanks :)

22 05 2012
2 Rivers Photos

Good to have you back :)

22 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, good to be back

22 05 2012
leng xuetian(冷雪天)

So,you found highlights in grey.:)

22 05 2012
96arley

一个缺乏色彩可以丰富它的美丽。

22 05 2012
leng xuetian(冷雪天)

Correct chinese expression:“在一个单一的色彩里同样可以发现美丽。”
:)

22 05 2012
96arley

I did my very best with Google translate. :) Thanks for the correction. I love the chinese language but so far greetings and “thank you” are about the best I can do. 谢谢 for visiting! :D

22 05 2012
Art in Construction « ShootAbout

[…] stumble upon a construction crew working on a new concessions stand for the football field beside portable row. My most striking observation of the afternoon was simply that for something new to be built, […]

23 05 2012
timzauto

Awesome shot …I deff like this better as well…

23 05 2012
96arley

Thanks, glad you stopped by!

3 07 2012
leng xuetian(冷雪天)

http://english.cntv.cn/learnchese

On this website you can learn Chinese, and English explanations. I’m glad you love the language of my country.:)

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