Saturday Evening Post #132 : The Great Romance

If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.
Attributed to Albert Einstein

Writers rely on keeping a notebook.  It gets filled with story or article ideas, and scraps of ideas.  Artists keep a notebook filled with small detail sketches, ideas for design and musings. Musicians also have a book in which words for songs, riffs and other musical factoids wait to be turned into the next great composition.

Photographers that I trained with keep, “Day Books”. A detailed set of instructions of how to light a subject, names and addresses, snippets of an idea for the next shoot, calculations of various lens/aperture combos.

I used to have, (somehow lost in all the transitions) the last day book of one of my mentors, (Probably one of the best Black and White printers of his day—Well at least I thought so).

All sorts of goodies were in there, here’s one “Bellows Extension Factors” :-).  How much chemical to put in a certain developing solution.  Bring home 2 bananas, a loaf of bread and a jar of plum jam, etc.  You get the drift.

We also take a photo, move angle, subject, lighting, come back another day, all part of the collecting of visual notes. Sifting through those ideas surely has helped to prepare for the right moment.

A photographer who published 15 years of his day books is Edward Weston.  Too expensive to own, and I’ve only ever seen one volume, in a library.  Here is a site that shows some of his work.  Caution there are some quite explicit images among them. Edward Weston Gallery

These days as a blogger, I keep notes all over the place.  Some electronic, clipped from web pages, snapped out of books, handwritten in a note app. Also still use the old standard, Moleskine A5 book, and somewhere a Spirax  wire bound student book. And the odd stickit note or two.

Here’s a couple that struck me the past week or so.

Vision: As photographers we are image seekers, and taking that view, life becomes one great romance, an amazing opportunity and journey to see marvellous things all the time.

Expectation: I go out expecting to see greater things, find new opportunities for visuals and experience fortuitous moments. It should bring a freshness and zest to my times behind the camera.

And so it was that #kneetoo and I found ourselves in the sunshine with a family of recently arrived Flame Robins at the Point Cook Coastal Park.

This busy young lady was hunting off the fence line.  The birds at Point Cook, as at the Office, use the fence lines as there is little available perching space otherwise.  This is open grasslands. Shrubs and bushes are non-existent. And the good people of  Parks Vic have kindly mown the grassy verges around the fences providing an ideal hunting area for the robins.  Not wonder they love it.

She jumped onto the post, and it struck me to move a little further along the fence and use a distant pine tree as a rich dark backdrop, and then I spotted the highlight of sky between the branches.

Looking for such visual occurrences, is indeed a great romance.

Enjoy

6 thoughts on “Saturday Evening Post #132 : The Great Romance

  1. The experience written in your mind is shown perfectly here, David! And your ability to see opportunities in the use of light is very apparent! No doubt somewhere these have been written in a day book of yours! Wonderful to see this beautiful lady!
    I must get to either PCCP or Truganina to find some robins!

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    1. My poor old days books are still taking notes, although nowhere near as detailed as days gone by. I seem to collect more snippets of ideas for posting here and flickr.
      Waiting for more good weather it seems

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  2. Beautiful capture David and interesting sharing the past jottings of the great. I agree with Einstein’s quote, the degree we understand anything is seen in how simple we can explain it, which is what a good teacher needs to adhere to, to pass on understanding. How lovely that you get Flame Robins there this time of year, we never see them here. The Robin season brings us the occasional Rose Robin usually. Enjoy your weekend !

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    1. All good Ashley, when I first saw the Einstein quote, I knew I had to share it on here, just to be sure I don’t get too ‘web expert’ sounding.
      The flames are regular winter visitors, sometimes in good numbers, sometimes harder to find, but often being attached to larger ‘winter flocks, of many mixed species. They are in extremely good nick, no doubt having had a good summer, as the heat and fires were not so much a problem this year.

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