The prompt for today is Water. The first thing that popped into my mind when I read this assignment was how often water plays a central role in my travels and vacations. The Atlantic Ocean. The Caribbean Sea. Loch Ness. Niagara Falls. The stream by our campsite. The hotel swimming pool. For whatever reason, my family is drawn to water when it’s time to take a breather from regular life.
Because the light faded before I finished up with my “serious” responsibilities today, I didn’t have time to take original photos for this prompt. I decided to just go with the water/travel connection and look for ideas in my stash of photographs. I found two examples that even show the change in orientation from horizontal to vertical. The first set of images was taken on the Colorado Headwaters Scenic Byway, a rugged drive through gorgeous country along the meandering Colorado river. The second set of images was taken on the most perfect summer weekend of 2015 at Lake Holman in Little Buffalo State Park.
Photography is pure playtime for me – I tend to respond emotionally and sensually to what I’m seeing and don’t overthink it. However, I will often take different views of the same scene in pursuit of the most interesting image. When I look at the photos below, I think the horizontal images give a broad, “establishing” perspective of the scene and the vertical images provide a stronger sense of depth.
Colorado Headwaters Scenic Byway (Colorado)
Lake Holman, Little Buffalo State Park (Pennsylvania)