For the past two months I have been working hard trying to restore the photos to all my older posts. I don’t have a complete understanding of what happened, why the photos started to disappear – but by going post by post; pulling them into Windows live Writer, locating the correct photos in my extensive archives and reinstalling the photos onto the post, I was able to re-load all but 5 or 6 photos. Those that I couldn’t find, I substituted another similar one. The benefit to all of this work is that I re-read all the posts; corrected (well tried to correct) sentences, punctuation and spelling errors, and I was able to enjoy all over again what I’d thought, then wrote, re-living as you will, the experiences.
The posts I wrote in 2007 and 2008 while with RioRose, tended to be short and not particularly well written. During those years, I was posting directly from Blogger and writing in English from Brasil and Blogger would spell check in Portuguese – effectively making spell check unusable. Then in 2009, I began using Flowers and More exclusively and creating the posts in Live Writer most of the time. By March I had joined the Friday, My Town Shoot-out gang and as the year progressed, I seemed to write longer posts and they seemed to have more thought given to the structure of the post. I am sure that this is because I now had an audience that was made up of good writers and photographers…. and I am competitive by nature…. so I made more of an effort to be understood. I still had a gazillion typos – spelling – wrong word usages but the posts were definitely better written – being competitive apparently does not equate to being detail oriented. Actually my most major flaw is that I think I do it right so I don’t check my work, always has been my problem and I’ve not learned to correct my behavior over time. Just getting older not wiser…
This week’s topic is using the rule of thirds to show your town. Rebecca gave us all a short lesson on the rule of thirds way back, but except for our own desire to try using it, we hadn’t delved deeply into the photography aspect on a shoot-out. She has given us quite a few lesson in photography and I think I have read them all, adjusted my photo taking with each; so from both her lessons, things I’ve read and the just plain volume of photo taking, I think I have become a better ‘picture taker’ (I still refuse to say I am a photographer puts too much pressure on me.) Because of my adjusting my photo taking a little bit over time, my curiosity this week was how often do my favorite photos follow the ‘rule of thirds’ without conscious effort. So I went through my archives and pulled a few photos into an editor and by selecting the ‘crop’ edit was able to overlay the photo with a 9 square box. Then I ask myself, what is the center or the main focus of the photo, adjusted the crop to put the point in the center or along one of the lines of the center box. Frankly I didn’t see much, if any improvement in the photos. The one that is now my header photo is one I thought ‘rule of thirds’ before I snapped it, tilted the camera in order to have about 1/3 ground cover, one third grand palm, and 1/3 sky and framing trees. And of all my fooling around with the editor this quick photo is my favorite….. of all the edit probably the last one has the most significant difference - tell me what you think.