RWPE #15 – Long Exposure

The submissions for this week include the youngest contributor to date. I’m not sure of Scott’s exact age, but I know it is south of double digits. I should really know his age, considering I helped plan the guest list for his birthday party.

Dawn Krause

Michael Vest

Scott Krause

Christopher D. Bennett (Not touched by Photoshop)

Dawn’s Poem of the Week

Long Exposure

The bones ache from a long cold frost
the flowers wilt and whither
a tear glistens on her frozen face
no fire to beckon hither
desolate, forsaken, out of place
the heart has lost it’s dream

Shall she awaken from this dream
to find her world blanketed in frost
rocking in this forgotten place
where beauty will fade and whither
not a sole to motion hither
would there be confusion upon her face

A close glance upon her face
reveals her captive dream
to laugh and call him hither
and melt the frost
and no longer whither
to finally escape this place

Time has no bearing on this place
It holds the demons she must face
Her choice to live, love, or whither
to lose her dream
to bitter frost
or to let the warmth come hither

Searching for hope to draw her hither
an escape to a happier place
no threat of frost
on her lovely face
her hope gives birth to every new dream
letting the old ones die and whither

Never let her spirit whither
to love she must come hither
replace a shattered dream
make her world a happy place
let joy alight her face
and warm her heart to frost

Lest we let the dream whither
Melt the frost and call her hither
Bring happiness to her place and joy upon her face

Dawn’s poem is a sestina. It is a highly structured poem consisting of six six-line stanzas followed by a tercet for a total of 39 lines.  Don’t feel bad. I had to look that up too.


Shannon Bardole’s Artistic Appreciation Pick of the Week
The Outer Limits

Next week’s theme is considerably less complicated. A person could make an argument that almost any picture that is off center would qualify.

Next week’s theme is:

Rule of Thirds

The technical way to define The Rule of Thirds is as follows:

The rule of thids is a compositional rule of thumb in visual arts such as painting, photography and design. The rule states that an image should be imagined as divided into nine equal parts by two equally spaced horizontal lines and two equally spaced vertical lines, and that important compositional elements should be placed along these lines or their intersections.

Thanks Wikipedia!

Here is an example, albeit not a perfect example of the technique:

On the intersections…

With the lines clearly drawn out…

This isn’t a perfect example, but I wanted to make sure that this was a picture that included Jen because she was the first person I ever heard utter the phrase: “Good use of the rule of thirds” when looking at one of my pictures. A picture of the Gilbert water tower if my memory isn’t faulty.

It might have been the exact moment that I knew that Jen was a keeper.

7 thoughts on “RWPE #15 – Long Exposure”

  1. Scott is just a shade south of double digits. He turned 9 in February. He was very thrilled to see his photo on here, I don’t think he believed me that I intended to send it to you.

    I am still playing around with my camera, trying to figure out how to control the shutter speed on it. I’m curious how long the exposure was for your photo of the blossoms above?

  2. I remember learning about the rule of thirds so long ago when getting judged in photography at 4-H county fair.

    You’ll have to let us know how you did yours – that’s gorgeous!

  3. I am always pleased to make dreams come true.

    I don’t know your camera, but most camera have either a Shutter Priority setting or a full Manual setting.

    The technical information:

    1/2 second
    ISO 100

    Now I freely admit that I COMPLETELY phoned this one in this week. I got up Monday morning and realized that I hadn’t taken a picture yet since a good portion of my weekend got away from me. I stepped out and took this picture, just so that I would have something to show for this week.

    As you know Angie, a magician doesn’t really like to reveal his tricks, but I will be re-using this technique very soon to get a better picture. When I post those pictures I will explain it better, but the short answer involves rotating a filter.

  4. I have a Canon Power Shot that I bought while on vacation in Virginia last summer. Unfortunately I lost the manual somewhere in our travels. I did find a sub-menu available on a few of the scene settings tonight, and found that some of them do allow me to change the ISO. Of course I don’t have a filter and most of the images come out rather blurry, but I’m starting to figure it out!

  5. A filter doesn’t have anything to do with shutter speed. ISO and shutter speed also aren’t related. Or I’m just completely confused.

  6. No, your not confused. In trying to figure out how to change the settings on this thing I figured out that I could change the ISO. You indicated that your ISO was set at 100. Mine seems to default at 80. When I increased the ISO the images seem to capture a lot more light causing the photos to appear blurry. In which case a filter would be nice but I’m sure isn’t even produced for this cheap of a camera. As far as shutter speed, I haven’t found a way to manipulate that yet… but give me time.

  7. A filter won’t cause pictures to not be blurry.

    The higher the ISO, the more light that is captured, but for digital cameras, frequently an ISO above 400 isn’t all that usable because of digital noise.

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