14 April 2014
Part One: Indian Spices
Part Two: Table Salt
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Typically, early summer and autumn are my ideal travel seasons. But our winter was stacked with day-after-day of grey and wet, forcing the synapses to ponder other destinations. My mind was focused more on pilgrimages than shoveling snow and layering to keep warm.
My wanderlust was climbing to its peak performance. Now I’m a few days from a journey that will combine family, friends and adventure. Descriptors keep bouncing in my head: explore, play, savor, contemplate, float, meditate, watch, listen, GRATEFUL. And allow serendipity and spontaneity to rule.
This post is the last one for April. I will return on Monday, 05 May, to serve up my enthusiasm for this blogging life. Mostly, I want to thank all of you for your readership and support. I’ll miss you, but will be back with lens and pens for your perusal.
Macro week always conjures the chance to visualize a morsel of our universe. Mostly, to represent it differently than its usual context. Macro photography takes the viewer to a brand new place—a place of sizable dimensionality, not in heft but in content.
Macro is a walk through a plot to catch the audience by surprise. It’s a story that visually tantalizes with unexpected splendor in the miniscule. But small does not always aim to please. Truly, it’s a challenger’s challenge.
With my eye to my excursion I wanted to connect this post to my holiday. Topography as the theme seems appropriate. My thoughts turned to my garden and then moved to spices.
In the Lens section are seven images that are divided into two sections: Indian spices and table salt. Whether crystalline or blurred the images evoke the earth’s multi-faceted terrains: a view to landscapes seen from above or ground level.
For me these images simulate the wild with pristine and uninhabited (at least by the human animal) fields of plenty, which are uncultivated arrangements of nature. Some of the images show ground swells and elevations, flats and hills, density and sparsity.
Topography studies surface features that examine the relationship between the sum of the parts. In aerial views, for example, natural elements seem world’s apart from their above-ground archaeology.
While my photographs conjure the land and its contours, forms and shapes, in reality they are seasonings that come from my kitchen shelves. How easily we can be fooled by the visual: our minds interpreting a scene or object based on knowledge or memory. Those differences between what we think and what we actually see can be influenced by depth of field and perspective, editing and processing, and size. In this instance, what the mind doesn’t know can be as persuasive as what it knows.
Until we meet again on Monday, 05 May. Enjoy your next two weeks of summer, winter, spring or autumn–depending on your worldwide location. Here spring will have advanced and I will return to mega gardening tasks, which will give me much time to cultivate the memories built on holiday.
[If you anticipate entering this week’s challenge, please get your post to me by Wednesday.]
Tip of the Week:
Marcus Nilsson’s aesthetic portraits of culinary designs are so enticing as to mesmerize our visual senses. There are many, many food photographers who adequately document plating and styling of the culinary arts, but Nilsson’s work stands far above the majority of commercial and professional photographers. When I gaze upon his presentations, I am reminded of the modernist architects who use creative, crisp, sensual and sumptuous narratives to tell their stories. Nilsson’s work can be seen, for example, in cookbooks such Bon Appetit’s Cook Like a Pro, 2014. Please take some time to discover and enjoy his art. Click here.
Other entries for this week’s challenge:
Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.
If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Photo Challenge, please contact me.
Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black and White
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.
I come from this week’s post, having enjoyed your link. I wonder what this week’s will hold. BTW, how did you get 6 (salt crystals) with an iPhone?
Patience and more patience–it’s devotion and perseverance. Thanks.
A great post!
Hans, I appreciate your comment. Just returned from holiday. See you soon.
Sally you went beyond yourself this week! Usually I can pick a favorite…NOT this week….all of them were SO creative. Happy Holiday.
Re-entry is slow, but I’m finally back on East Coast time. Thanks for your thoughtful comment. See you soon.
The first is particularly interesting and I wouldn’t have been able to work it out without the text.
Have a wonderful holiday.
I’ve returned from holiday, and am catching up on my blog. Thanks so much for your comment. See you soon.
I love the rich colors of the spices…beautiful! I hope you are having a fabulous holiday, Sally.
Elisa, thanks so much. Will be back to my blogging life next week. See you then.
Spectacular! Love them all. No. 4 looks like a coral reef. Totally awesome! Happy Easter!
I’m humbled. Happy holiday to your family and you. Thanks.
I will go for 7 and 4. The latter because it seems to me the mix of colours convey the sense of heat and complexity of the spices; the former because it is such an attractive b/w image! Hope you have had a really good break 🙂
Thanks so much.
Luv # seven!
Thanks so much. I’m on holiday. Will not be back to my blog until beginning of May. See you in May.
You’re so good with textures Sally!
Thanks so much.
You have such a wonderful vision, Sally, seeing pictures in the mundane and in everyday life. It’s always a joy to visit your blog. My favourite of these all excellent photos is number six. Those grains of salt look like diamonds.
Otto, I am humbled by your comment. Thank you.
Hi Sally, I do so love your grains of salt! Here’s my take on the theme and my best wishes for your safe and happy travels. http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/a-micro-macro-universe/
Thanks so much. See you soon.
I really like your choice of macro for this week Sally, really unusual! The close up of table salt is the most fascinating to me. It’s amazing! Ive gone the traditional route again and managed a macro shot of flowers complete with buzzing insect. Im really pleased with it.
Amanda, thanks for your thoughtful comment. Happy spring.
Love # 7. Have a great holiday!
See you soon. Thanks so much.
Brilliant post Sally. Have a great holiday. My favourite of your photos here has to the salt grains on the black background. It’s a great concept for a challenge – I’ll see what I can come up with.
Suzanne, I wanted to do salt and pepper, but the salt crystals were more appealing. See you soon. Thanks so much
Love the salt macro, Sally! I’ll submit my entry this evening.
Enjoy your vacation 🙂
Amy, thanks and see you soon.
#4 is my favorite because it reminds me of western landscapes.
Thanks dear friend.
That’s a lovely gesture, but let’s make it easy. See you on 05 May. Thanks for the suggestion.
The close-up of the grains of salt is stunning!! And I love the texture and vibrancy of no. 4. But they are all brilliant macros. Thank you for sharing and thank you for the link to Marcus Nilsson’s portraits, they are amazing! You have a wonderful holiday 🙂
Madhu, thanks for your comment. See you soon.
Unique choice for macro Sally. The first one looks like an abstract art photo. Salt crystals look amazing.
Indira, thanks so much.
Have a wonderful holiday. The photos of the salt are my favourites. And a little note on the importance of salt as a currency http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/vDn91YroQr-CC4OpxxEtDw
Thanks for the information about yet another role of salt. See you soon.
What beautiful choices for Macro Sally! I really like the color and texture blend of #2 and am in awe of your skill with the salt crystals. 🙂 Happy vacation!
Lisa, that’s humbling. Thanks so much.
What an interesting choice Sally! I love the table salt (probably because I really do love table salt). It looks so very different and so much more interesting 🙂
Tina, I was going to do salt and pepper. But the pepper didn’t cooperate. Thanks so much.
Love the rich colors in #4. I also love the stark contrast and simplicity of #6. I love the creativity of this shoot. I am always looking at everything as a potential challenge subject, and this is one I would not have considered. You are helping me open my mind to new possibilities. Thanks!
Mary, you’ve touched my heartstrings. I appreciate your thoughtful comment.
My fave is the number 6. I love the minimalism! Have a nice week! 🙂
It was a fun photo shoot. See you soon. Thanks.
I just love the 6th image… the salt cubes… amazing work. I keep going back to look at it.
I hope you have a wonderful vacation! I’ll be looking for you in May. 😀
Meghan, I appreciate your comment. See you soon. Thanks.
Enjoy the holidays!
Have a nice holiday. I love your photos. The spices are really colourful. 😀
Raewyn, it was an experiment that is worth repeating. Thanks so much.
I vote for # 2 . I thought it was a landscape. It looks very much like the season of late in California!
I had already planned my table scape and puddles when I saw your post today. Thanks for reading my mind or should I say putting words to what I was up to. Happy Holliday, I’ll be off for a new hip in the mean time.
Carol, I’ll be thinking about you. Enjoyed your puddles. See you soon. Thanks.
These are great Sally and so creative. I’m having a hard time picking a favorite but if I have too then I would pick the second image. It looks like an image taken of Mars 🙂
Edith, it was frustrating and wonderful to play with the seasonings. Thanks so much.
I absolutely loved all of your macros this week, Sally. I think my favorite is Indian Spices in #4, it just seems to bring the exotic out with the mix and mounds of color. Fabulous!!
Have a wonderful and warm time on your travels.
My entry this week: http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/phoneography-challenge-macro-under-water/
Angeline, I appreciate your comment. See you soon. Thanks.
Great shots as usual, Sally! My favorites are #4 for the colors and #6 because it never occurred to me that salt is cubed, not to mention I can’t imagine how difficult that shot must have been! 😉
Linda, patience is the descriptor for macro. Thanks so much for your comment.
Yes it is! I’ve spent way more time than I should trying to get just the right shot (especially when my subject is a moving ant!). But the end result is always so gratifying.
I understand. Patience, patience, patience.
Have a terrific holiday. Relax and recharge. I wish you many discoveries and perfect light for their capture. We shall miss you and anticipate your return.
Love photos of salt. It’s structure is just cool.
Dawn, I appreciate your heartfelt comment. Will miss you too. See you soon. Thanks.
Wonderful images, as always. Hope you have a great break. 🙂
Thank you. See you soon.
Striking treatment and outcome, as always, dear Sally !
Many thanks for being so consistent and you always come by in return … Enjoy your holidays!
All the best, Doda 🙂
Doda, it’s a pleasure. Lovely to hear from you. Thanks so much.
Wow. Great post. The food photos by Marcus Nilsson are stunning And I especially like your shot table salt photo #5. It reminds me of sand at the beach. What macro lens do you use for your iPhone? And…finally…have a great trip!–Patti
Patti, I was so delighted to find Nilsson’s work. Food photography is such a challenge, and he creates these small portraits that are design treats. Thanks so much.
I love the table salt photos especially the 6th and 7th ones. They looked beautiful beyond the plain salt that we usually eat. That’s how amazing photography can provide for us.
Hope you have a great time when you’re away.
Yes, that’s what’s so amazing about macro: it opens up the world of the small that we never see with our naked eye. See you soon. Thanks.
Sally, I love to travel, so I pray for you safe and joy-filled travels wherever you’re going. Not sure what I’ll do with those several Mondays, but I’ll be happy knowing you’re sating the wanderlust gene (which I possess, too!)
I see we both went into the kitchen this week; what are the odds? And how did you get individual grains of salt with your phone? My favorites are the color-filled one of the Indian spices (craving color as spring moves very, very slowly along) and the two close-ups of the salt.
Time to heed the pleadings of my stomach. We’ll miss you, but have a blast! BTW, at the beginning of May, I should be seeing Longwood Gardens, at least if the weather’s good that first weekend. I’m so excited!!
You will be in color heaven at Longwood Gardens. At some point we should meet there. The salt crystals took immense patience and lots of shots. I appreciate your comment. Thanks.
I’d love to meet there sometime, Sally. Since our younger daughter has two years left at PAFA, I’ll be out there at least a few more times. 🙂
Great, enjoy your visit, and will await to hear about your sojourn.