RWPE #19 – Leading Lines

Here are the submissions for last week’s Random Weekly Photo Experiment – LEADING LINES:

Dawn Krause

Mike Vest

Teresa Kahler

Christopher D. Bennett

Becky Perkovich

Dawn’s Poem

Leading Line

No come-ons were needed
You peeked into my soul
We saw each other clearly
And made each other whole

No empty promises spoken
No need to ask for more
No dangers lurking in the dark
Only what fate had in store

I need a come on now
To let me know it’s fine
A word of reassurance
Or my heart for you will pine

The Random Theme Generator has been generating and generating and it spit out a fascinating theme for this week:

Panning Camera Blur

I don’t think this theme needs much of a description. Basically pan the camera and take a picture. Hopefully with a long enough shutter speed to capture the blur. Honestly that is a slightly simplified definition. This technique would usually be used while following a moving object. The idea being that the subject will stay sharp(ish) and the background will be blurred. This way the motion of the object is captured in a still photo.

As always though, interpret the theme any way that you want.

9 thoughts on “RWPE #19 – Leading Lines”

  1. These are absolutely awesome. They’re all really visually interesting. I like the sepia(-ish?) tones on yours.

  2. I definitely phoned it in. I thought about going out on Sunday and doing something more ambitious, but instead I went to see that dreadful new Robin Hood movie and then sat on my couch the rest of the day.

    In truth, I stopped on the way to work on Monday morning. I know that there is an old small cemetery about a mile South of US30 between Boone and Ames, so I stopped and took a picture of that intersection, just so I could have a picture for the week.

    I sepia toned it because pictures of gravel intersections reminds me of the great Walter Hill classic Crossroads. I really should do a series of pictures based on that movie.

  3. I was curious about that Robin Hood movie. The ads looked a little bit like “Gladiator 2,” but just in Sherwood Forest – it sounds like it was terrible, though. That’s too bad – I just don’t know why they had to go with Robin Hood, when there have been so many retellings of it lately.

  4. Although it has more in common with Gladiator, it is much more like Braveheart. The best part about this debacle is that they were clearly angling to start up a Robin Hood franchise because this disaster is basically a prequel to the Robin Hood legend.

  5. I didn’t know it was a prequel – that’s good that it should hopefully die out before the next installment, but I fear that there will be just enough of a profit to justify the next one. It makes me very, very sad that “Pirates of the Caribbean 2” was profitable.

  6. A prequel that kills make some pretty drastic changes.

    Don’t read if you don’t want to know, but they kill off Richard the Lion-Hearted.

    But that is only the tip of the iceberg as to why this movie blows.

    I personally hate the fact that Robin has father abandonment issues and then he just closes his eyes and remembers that his father was a hero that was murdered when he was speaking about the necessity of legal freedoms AKA the Magna Carta.

    Although when Robin and Marion start making out in the middle of a battle, that is pretty special as well.

  7. How can you have the regular story with no Richard the Lion-Hearted? I understand that you take some artistic license when you tell a story, but there’s a basic story that you kind of have to stick to. And why make it about the abandoment issues? Not the point of the Robin Hood tale at all. And, in my opinion, Robin was way more hard-core than stopping to make out mid-battle. The Maid Marian storyline was always secondary to the reason he was famous. Even the Disney movie got that.

  8. There were just a ton of subplots. The character arc for the John character was all over the place.

    He starts out as kind of a bad guy. Then he is just incompetent. Then he is a good guy. Then he is a good guy, but he is used as comic relief. Then he is a bad guy again at the end of the movie.

    But the whole abandonment issue thing is terrible.

    The movie starts with Robin coming back from the Crusades with Richard the Lion-Hearted. They are sacking a French castle because… that is what they do.

    Richard decides to find an “honest man” one night and he stumbles upon Robin and Little John fighting over a pea game.

    This sequence has an awesome line where John cites his reason for fighting Robin is that:

    “I thought that he was a lesser man. I was wrong.”

    Richard asks Robin if he thinks that the Crusades got Richard anywhere with God.

    Robin tells him no. He cites a time when they massacred women and children. Before he killed a woman she looked at him with pity rather than fear because the woman knew that from this moment on they would be godless.

    Richard then puts them in the stocks. But when Richard gets killed they go AWOL and try to get to the coast before the rest of the army.

    Along the way, they stumble upon what is left over from a group that was taking Richard’s crown back to England, but they were jumped by assassins.

    Robin holds a dying man in his arms. That man… Robin of Locksley. He gives Robin (Longstride) his sword and asks him to return it to his father because of “the love between a son and a father.”

    Robin Longstride remarks that “he never knew this kind of love. My father abandoned me when I was 6.”

    He agrees to take the sword though and discovers that it has an inscription: “Rise and rise again. Until lambs become lions.”

    He returns the sword to Locksley’s father and meets his widow Marian. The father asks him to pretend to be his son so that Marian doesn’t lose the property when he dies.

    He agrees and Robin Longstride becomes Robin Locksley.

    However, the elder Locksley also knows about Robin’s father and tells him about his father. Apparently he was a Mason, an philosopher and an orator of some note. He basically wrote the basic outline of what would become the Magna Carta.

    Then he asks Robin to close his eyes and he instantly remembers that his dad didn’t abandon him. He was murdered for speaking out for liberty (by law). Shortly after creating a stone with the inscription… are you ready for this…

    “Rise and Rise Again. Until Lambs Become Lions.”

    Yes, completely unnecessary subplot. One of many. Like the war orphans…

  9. “I never knew this kind of love”? Are you kidding? That’s one of the most unnecessarily cheesy, emo lines I’ve ever heard from an action movie (granted, I haven’t watched any of the current vampire series). I guess I just don’t understand the need for the deviation – why the pseudo-depth? It just seems unnecessary. It’s an action movie, just let it be what it is. The whole Magna Carta thing seems like an unconvincing, half-hearted attempt to get the plot to be historically significant.

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