Home > PHOTOGRAPHY: Inspiration and Assignments | In The Field | How To's > Inspiration And Assignments: View From Above

Inspiration And Assignments: View From Above

I have been wanting to use this photo in a blog post for quite some time but was at a loss for words. Well it appears timing is everything.  A few weeks ago a good friend of mine came across a quote that she felt would be perfect inspiration for one of my blog posts. She turned me on to the quote and it turns out she was right on the money with this one.

“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau

In many more words than Mr. Thoreau used, this has been my mantra for years. 

“I think that people will too often look and not really see. And if I can see for them, to show them what fascinates me about a single leaf floating in a creek, or the morning light highlighting a stand of trees or the seemingly random pattern in a pile of rocks…then I have shared that single experience, that split second in time with them. And if I can give them the opportunity to enjoy that one moment, then I have accomplished what I set out to do.”

Try to take the time out to “see.” It will make a world of difference in your life, and in your photography.

By now you are probably wondering what the subject matter is in the above photograph. I’ll give ya a few hints. It’s not a photo of a mountain range or of a river delta taken from a window on the International Space Station. I’ve never been invited to go up there.





  1. May 19, 2018 at 3:26 pm

    Froth on waves? 🙂

    • May 22, 2018 at 7:33 pm

      Good guess. I does indeed look like froth on waves. The answer is coming up.

  2. May 20, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    Glad to read a post again.
    I think this might be something frozen, like a frozen window, or the surface of something powdered with flour/sugar?
    Oh, there can be so many possibilities, it is hard to pick one, but I am sure it is something very small photographed as if it is very large. I remember one of your photos, there were some plants but they were photographed in such a way they seemed to be some huge trees in a tropical forest.

    • May 22, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Another good guess Cornell ! But unfortunately it wasn’t’t cold when I took this photo. I do remember to plant photo you mentioned. They were aralias if I remember correctly. close up they do resemble a tropical rain forrest. Answer coming up below!

  3. May 21, 2018 at 7:43 am

    My guess would be ice? Great to see you posting again!

    • May 22, 2018 at 7:38 pm

      It does resemble ice. Maybe on a creek or a window…bit that’s not it either. Hey Hey Hey gives me some ideas! Answer coming up!

    • May 22, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      It does feel good to be posting again.

  4. May 21, 2018 at 9:42 am

    It DOES look like a mountain range or a river delta, but my guess would be tree bark.

    • May 22, 2018 at 7:40 pm

      Ahh another great guess! But that’s not it either. seems I’ve stumped all of you. Answer coming up!

  5. May 22, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I instantly thought of tree bark. But that seems too simple….

    • May 22, 2018 at 7:54 pm

      Well there are now two votes for tree bark. But that’s not it either. Ok Ok I’ll fess up. I wish there was a way to do a global comment but since I don’t know how, here goes. The image is…the underside of a paint can lid. I was mixing some paint for a customer a few weeks ago, took off the lid, and saw what you guys are seeing.This image is “straight out of the can” so to speak. No manipulation at all. I thought this photo would be perfect to feature in my look/see series. All of you made a fine effort trying to figure out what this photographer presented in this post. I’ll try to go easy on you guys and gals in the future.

      • May 23, 2018 at 8:55 am

        Now that’s very interesting. 🙂
        These photos stimulate our imagination. It is a good exercise.

      • May 23, 2018 at 7:57 pm

        lol, great guessing image!

      • May 25, 2018 at 8:35 pm

        My lid’s off to ya!

  1. No trackbacks yet.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: