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Tales From My Garden: The Art Of Being Simple II

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Tales From My Garden: The Art Of Being Simple II

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  • Santi
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2010, 01:54
So simple, so good.
vz-nostalgia: smile like a bag of potato chips, Santi? smile
like time curving back on itself
vz-nostalgia: oh my. I like that thought, Larry. It took me by surprise. smile
Elegant in form, timeless in design...thanks for sharing this, Viktor.
vz-nostalgia: I wish we can design architecture like this, Alan, elegant and timeless. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Jan 2010, 03:49
Fresh roll of parchment...the story is still to be written...
vz-nostalgia: there is hardly a better storyteller on shutter, than Ray Storey. I'll keep the parchment virgin just in case. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 15 Jan 2010, 07:22
This movement is tantalising Vik
vz-nostalgia: still nothing can compare to a good bowel one, Chris. smile
vz-nostalgia: smile I never use a tripod for my macros, Ms. Seraphine. The tripods restrict the freedom of composing the frame in camera to such a degree that I find them totally useless. To get the fine detail try this:
- not to breath, when you push the shutter button,
- push teh shutter button slow, without jerking the camera.
I don't know the camera make you have, but it might be useful to read teh manual on focusing. For most cameras, you focus on what you want, push teh shutter button half-way, hold it while you reframe the shot and push teh button.
A rolled out carpet leaf for the stars to walk upon is a very lovely metaphor. smile
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 15 Jan 2010, 08:29
So this is what it looks like, the art of being...
a flow outward from a tightly wound coil
slowly unfolding into the deceptively simple.
vz-nostalgia: You got it, Ms. Suzanne. The art of being is a gradual unfold from seemingly complex to deceptively simple. smile
Absolutely LOVE this... perfect in all it ways
vz-nostalgia: my pleasure, Ms. Chantal. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Jan 2010, 09:35
So simple you can almost see the quantum formula that built this intricate leave. Simple as a picture, deceiving as a natural object.
vz-nostalgia: Quantum formula? Is this the one, Louis? smile
vz-nostalgia: Easy, Tom. smile Got to leave yourself some room, man. What would you say, when I pose a really perfect picture? smile
Nature is never simple... Last night I saw a doc' on the movement of Bee's wings in flight. Slowed down and slowed down again from 1000 beats per second. The mechanics and control was truly remarkble... as is this unfurling of a leaf?
Your image is simple ... er simply beautiful itself.

vz-nostalgia: smile
Richard: Nature is never simple...
VZ: I wouldn't be that categorical, Richard. "Everything of genius is simple". And Nature is certainly a genius of genii. smile Complex things are prone to break too often. smile A bee wings movement might seem complex from our point of view. We still have no idea how hummingbirds can instantly change the direction of their flight to the left, right, back, forth, up, down, even being upside down, without changing the position of their bodies. I'm sure, when a genius from the Sikorski helicopter design studio discovers teh hummingbird secret one day, he/she will proclaim "Eureka! How simple this was!". smile
Nothing more and nothing less... the best.
vz-nostalgia: That's how I like it, Ms. Delia, when there is nothing to add and nothing to substract. I've heard it is called balance. smile
  • Shannon Goodman
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2010, 14:52
Absolutely gorgeous...possibly my favorite so far. Where/when was this taken?
vz-nostalgia: Well, it is one of the tales from my garden. So, where do you think I took the shot, Ms. Shannon? smile
When? Three-four years ago. We planted this banana tree, but it didn't survive one of teh harsh Atlanta winters. One exceptionally cold night was all that was needed to kill it. I was fascinated with the graphic nature of its leaves and made tons of shots. Some of them are on Nostalgia. Like this one:
Or this one:
  • patrick
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2010, 15:31
in death life re-coils
the linear becomes
energy bound
vz-nostalgia: Is that what happens during the last minutes of one's life, Patrick, when one's whole life spirals into a clot of energy and re-coils in one's mind within a few seconds? That's what I've heard. smile
Nice lighting.
vz-nostalgia: all natural, Hamid, coming from above. smile
You haven't rushed into the follow up then Viktor
vz-nostalgia: Diversity is the spice of life, Bill. Or so they say. smile
I love diving into my archive from time to time to see what I can fish out. smile
thats what i was aiming for with my latest simple but stunning, didn't quite make the grade looking at this lol, superb Victorsmile
vz-nostalgia: With the tempo you are moving ahead, you'll be there in no time, Tim. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 15 Jan 2010, 20:26
"Simple"? Your pic looks rather refined in my opinion- and observing the leaf, rolled out and rolled in, complicated- ingewikkeld in the literal sense, I admire the fine structures and textures by nature. Nature is simple and complex, the great things are simple and many-sided! The nature object has been transformed into an art object by your photographing and processing, but I miss, sorry, a bit the brightness and the colour.
vz-nostalgia: smile
Philine: Simple"? Your pic looks rather refined in my opinion...
VZ: I see no contradiction here, Philine. Simple is quite often elegant and refined, like, say, Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata". smile
Philine: but I miss, sorry, a bit the brightness and the colour.
VZ: Oh, that is I, who should be sorry, Philine, because I don't. smile
  • Travis
  • United States
  • 15 Jan 2010, 21:01
Quite difficult to tell if this is an object in nature or something man-made. Either way, your composition and use of DOF is very interesting and I like the image very much.
vz-nostalgia: Sometimes nature comes up with very puzzling solutions to her problems, Travis. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2010, 21:15
Simple don't think so. textures, shapes, lines, forms and your use of the light all conspire to draw me into this image.

vz-nostalgia: These are simple lines, simple shapes and simple textures, zed. smile Don't overcomplicate things, my friend. smile
i picked the smallest camera i could find, because i take it with me everywhere.
it has anti-shake technology. but i don't think it is my camera, it is my own impatience.
i make up for it by taking nine shots where one would otherwise suffice.
the part about breathing, or not breathing, i will try it.
every photo has a secret. sometimes we recognise the secret right away.
vz-nostalgia: smile That's not a secret, if everyone can recognize it right away, Ms. Seraphine. smile
And once again, read the manual. smile
  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 17 Jan 2010, 12:37
the art of being simple ...
is more complex than you think, even in black and white tones...
and it is well expressed in this picture....
vz-nostalgia: smile Being simple is far more complex than most people think. You got it right, Ms. KA. smile
Just beautiful!! you have a great eye for capturing such detail
vz-nostalgia: smile Actually, I have two, Charles. smile
Your image and comment remind me of a profound dream I had many many years ago, yet one I remember clearly today. I was receiving a tour of a new concert hall from the architect. It was shaped like a huge spiral snail's shell on the inside, with the performance stage emerging out about 1/3 the way up. The architect was explaining how the shape made for perfect acoustics, with every seat a sweet spot. As we walked around, I marveled at all the intricate fascade work and woodwork - perhaps a cross between 17th century French and 20th century FLW Prairie, if you can imagine such a thing. I questioned to the architect, in awe: "Where do you find the inspiration for this grand design, and all the gorgeous details you've added?" He answered, "ME? What are you talking about, Alan? This is YOUR dream!"

So instead of just wishing, my friend, why not go to bed early tonight, have an interesting dream or two, and design something both elegant and timeless tomorrow?
vz-nostalgia: Well, many scientists (mathematicians, physicists and so on) claimed they found a solution to the problem they were working on in their dreams. Art folks are not far behind. Tartini told everybody that Devil himself played a sonata for him in his dream, hence the "Devil's Trill Sonata" was born in the morning. We all know well that Paul McCartney just woke up one morning with "Yesterday" in his head. smile and Mary Shelley, upon awakening, had thoroughly written down her dream, now widely known as a novel "Frankenstein". smile I don't see any reasons why it can't happen to an architect, Alan. smile The only problem I see here is going to bed early. smile
Very appealling image, clinical nature.
vz-nostalgia: Clinical nature? What do you mean by that, Nig? smile It sure is nature, but why clinical? smile
...and I love this one.
vz-nostalgia: How big is the difference between "I like this one" and "I love this one", Ms. Pixie?
Lovely composition and execution
vz-nostalgia: I don't know what you mean, Edward. smile I don't think in execution categories. smile
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