I almost love this shot. I loved the way the rocks fanned out into the gulf and the way the vibrant green moss complimented the color of the water. I was using my iPhone to take some snapshots that I could easily edit on the go but it was a bright day which made it difficult to see the screen. I didn’t put much effort into getting this image because the composition felt awkward for me so I moved on to other things. I never even gave this a second look until today. Looking it now, it no longer feels awkward. I can see the potential it has to be a great image. My mistake was in cutting off the edge of the big rock in the foreground. It’s distracting for me. I can’t get past that to enjoy the rest of the image. The next time I won’t allow my doubts to get the best of me and I will go with my instinct and take more time to set up my composition.
I photograph houses for Real Estate listings so I see a lot of vacant homes. I often come across things that are left behind. I’m fascinated by the variety of objects that are left. Are they forgotten, overlooked, unwanted? I’m always curious about how they came to be left behind. I came across these toys in the back yard of a cozy little house. The yard was well taken care of, it was green, it had grass(this is New Mexico), a small garden and some trees. The train engine and it’s person was laying under a tree, I imagined that the child who had been playing with it was called away by the parents. Maybe they finished loading up stuff for the move and the child left the toys thinking he would be right back for them not realizing that he was leaving for good. Moving on.