Credit Where It Is Due

Credit Where It is Due

I like to make photographs, and I enjoy being praised for what I have done. But God teaches a different attitude, one of thankfulness and humility. He pointed that out to me recently. I DO NOT MAKE THESE PHOTOGRAPHS ALONE. I didn't create the light, or the technology which makes photography possible. I didn't buy my camera, it was a gift from my husband. I didn't give myself the ability to see through the camera in order to make an image which others find pleasing. It is right to use what I have been given to the best of my ability, but it is wrong to take credit for what I have not done. God made the light, the elements which are used to manufacture the camera, and the world from which these images come. He has given me gifts: people to teach me, eyes to see with, and a brain to process information. I am thankful for these gifts. He deserves all the praise, not I.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Mellow Macro Shadows


A friend has an office in a building with an atrium for a lobby. I have posted some shots of a bench in the atrium before, but this day I was sitting on the bench, having some fun playing with the light. I was fascinated by the new leaf in the foreground of this shot. It is both curled in from the edges to the central vein and twisted in a spiral. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to make the camera take the close-up I want instead of the one it THINKS I want, and the leaf is not in focus! But I like the picture anyhow.

 This shows part of a leaf of Norfolk Island Pine. I think the leaves of this plant are lovely, and their shadows on the cedar paneling add to the beauty.

Looking down farther, I noticed these trunks. The plants are not in pots, but directly in the floor of the atrium, which is very much like a patio with planting beds around it.

Turning the camera upward I enjoyed these spiky tufts reaching for the sky. Outside the glass you see a street tree in bloom, although its flowers aren't showy.
 
Finally a shot of a fairly large fig enjoying the sunshine. I hope everyone has a superb Shadow Shot Sunday, a magnificent Macro Monday, and a mellow (of course!) Mellow Yellow Monday!
 

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31 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

Every shot is fascinating and beautiful - detailing foliage in different ways!

Ralph said...

How could any work get done in this lobby?? The subtle shadows on the paneling of the evergreens are lovely. The spikes above are shaped so much like the starbursts of the fireworks above on July 4. what a place of employ, just entering the lobby make one want to visit!

Sylvia K said...

What terrific, beautiful foliage and shadows! Absolutely exquisite, Dimple! They're all beautiful, but last one really blew me away! What a place to work! Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!

Sylvia

wanderlust said...

Very nice, love the leaves.

DUTA said...

I'm fascinated by the delicate shadows of the pine leaves on the cedar panelling.
Have a great weekend!

cieldequimper said...

I just love the first three shots. Lovely!

becky at abbeystyle said...

Lovely studies of plant life...I'm fascinated by the twisting of that leaf...a bit like barbed wire, only soft. Great that you found such a beautiful place to sit and study the plants/shadows...you have an eye with patience!

Catherine said...

Great sequence - i particularly like the first closeup..

Laura Hegfield said...

fun shadows!

Cassie said...

Very cool Shadow Shots...I'm surprised at all the tropical type plants. I guess the atrium is kind of like a green house. I'll be in your neck of the woods tomorrow. Have to take the dogs to get groomed at 9am & do my "city" running around. Send me your email and I'll send my cell ph#. : cassiejo@juno.com If we don't connect this time, we most definately should make a date sometime before I fly in January!

BLOGitse said...

Beautiful collection!
Happy SSS from Casablanca!

BLOGitsePHOTOS

Clytie said...

I just know I would never get any work done if I had a "lobby" like that one! I love the shadows of the pine tree on the cedar planks.

Happy SSS!

Alissa said...

Very interesting photo's. Nice work.

fickleinpink said...

most of all, i love the contrast on the glass roof and the shadow shot on the pebbles.

have a great week!

xoxo, fickleinpink
Big Bang!

Becky said...

I am loving all of your photos today. Good choice for MYM.

Here's mine.

Vicki said...

It must be great to work in an office with an atruim. More relaxing than the offices I have worked in.

Liza said...

Beautiful macro shots.

Happy MYM!

Mine is here.

Jayne said...

What a lovely place to work - plants make such a difference don't they? Don't know what camera you have but if you can switch it to manual focus for close-ups that may help (I know this because I've had similar issues)! :)

Maria said...

Very interesting shot:)

ilovepink1078 said...

you really go green but of course shade of yellow. Nice posts!

Hootin' Anni said...

The pine photo...why, it's a definite trophy winner if you ask me.


Here is my Macro Monday...Penelope Pelican, if you'd like to stop by to visit with me today!

NitWit1 said...

We will never learn all our camera's features, even the so-called point and shoot ones, without experimenting and evaluating our efforts. You have done a great job of that.

RNSANE said...

What a great place to spend some time with a camera. Picture taking opportunities everywhere, with such great variety! Shadows, macros, lovely plants. Everything is so lovely. Great job, in that warm sunlight.

Paulie said...

You have captured some wonderful photos --they all look so interesting!

Marice said...

these are neat and creative shots :)

u may view mine here

LDH said...

You found so many great shadows! I especially like the Norfolk Island Pine ~ it's beautiful!

Nice stopping by to visit with you!
Kindly, ldh

knitwit said...

It's amazing what you can find sitting in a lobby! It reminds me to open my eyes no matter where I am. Fascinating and beautiful shots!

EG Wow said...

It's always a surprise to find so many photo opportunities in such places!

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of photos, I love the windows and the lighting on your photos.

Viola said...

Such a wonderful place! The trees up to the sky! :)Have a nice day!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Lovely indeed! Job well done.

Happy Sunday on a Mother's Day.