TO READ OR NOT TO READ…

On a recent drive through a neighborhood near my office, I came upon this setting: a beautiful Victorian home displaying a vintage carriage as the landscape focal point.  I found it stunning  and in need of no further words from me…which causes me to think:

TO READ OR NOT TO READ.  While having lunch recently with my Granddaughter Marissa, without thinking she admitted to only looking at the pictures while visiting my blog.  It caused me to wonder how many other people stop by without ever experiencing the story behind the photos.  I suppose I’ll be left to always wonder.  But I say this, if no one reads them – I’ll still write them.  For unknown to you, my reader, the writing is for me.

At least one reader would like to see a little more of the house.  And, I agree.  So, I’m posting an additional shot from a wider perspective.

Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll see you tomorrow.

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~ by photographyfree4all on August 16, 2010.

47 Responses to “TO READ OR NOT TO READ…”

  1. I read it! Don’t stop – I love your explanations especially as it’s all unfamiliar places you talk about.

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  2. I often wonder the same thing about my blog posts. Do people care? Do they even look? Do they READ them when they get there???

    Well, never fear, I read yours and I enjoy them on many levels. Your information, your sense of humor and your growing photo skills! Oh, and one more thing… since you live in my old stomping grounds I get a little bit of news and nostalgia each week!

    Thanks!

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  3. Thanks, Diane. Don’t worry! I will continue to write – it’s like therapy, not that I need therapy. Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for leaving a comment.

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  4. I do sometimes wonder that, pixelated2. Thanks for stopping by. And, thanks for reading!

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  5. I, too, read them. However, I often question the same thing. I get more “hits” on my blog when I have photos, than when I just have a narrative. Or maybe my imagination. But anyway, I continue to write as I enjoy that part of blogging as much as I love to crawl through the weeds looking for a good wildlife photo.

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  6. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but sometimes it’s more fun to have a great story along with it. I love your stories…keep ’em coming! Your granddaughter doesn’t know what she is missing!!! 🙂

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  7. I read the stories as well as look at the pictures. The stories illuminate the photos. I really enjoy your blog. It is a day brightner every time I look at one of your blogs. I especially enjoy the ones about the children.

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  8. Such a beautiful scene, the carriage makes it even better. From a viewer’s standpoint, I would have loved to see more of the building 🙂
    Keep Shooting!

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  9. I, too, read your posts 🙂 I like the explanations behind the pictures. Sometimes, like your stories about Red, they captivate just as much as the pictures. Keep writing, friend.

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  10. I enjoy reading your blog and like the way you tell your stories. Keep up the good work! 🙂

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  11. Thanks Emily! I always appreciate your comments. Thanks for the encouragement. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon.

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  12. Beautiful capture & blog!! I will be back often for sure. 🙂

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  13. Thanks for your comment e410! I appreciate your encouragement. I hope you’ll stop by again.

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  14. Thank you for your comment, Michael. Interestingly, I was thinking the same thing about including more of the house. This shot was intentionally focussed on the carriage and I was afraid I would lose that effecr if I zoomed to include more of the structure. However, I went back today and took some additional shots. I’ll post those at some point, too. I feel pretty good about that thought. I said to myself, If I’m thinking like Michael Lam – that’s a pretty good thing! I hope you’ll stop by again, soon. Thanks for your encouragement.

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  15. Thanks, artsy! I appreciate your comment. I hope you will stop by again, soon.

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  16. Thanks you, Miss Betty. I appreciate your kind words. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon!

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  17. Thanks for your comment and encouragement, Bob. I do love the writing, too. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon.

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  18. Thanks for your comment, Car54. I do think this will be one post she reads. And in reading this, it may cause her to never miss reading another one. ZStop by again, soon.

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  19. Love the pictures, I’m sure you mention it somewhere in your blog but, What camera do you use?

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  20. HA! Or I could find your ever helpful equipment category. Wow…chalk one up for a lack of coffee. I really do love that carriage shot. Do you ever produce downloads of your pictures to be used on desktop backgrounds? Would you consider doing so?

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  21. I agree with everyone else – your posts offer some very interesting background stories (I almost feel like I’m going to these places), and the photos are some very stunning visual aids!! Keep it up, you have many interested readers! 🙂

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  22. Thanks for your comment and kind words Holly. I do enjoy the storytelling. I hope you’ll stop by again, soon.

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  23. Thanks for your comment msmarriageadventures. I’m flattered that you would even ask about my photos for a screen saver or wallpaper. I’ve honestly never thought about it – but, now I am. Thanks for you kind words. I hope you’ll stop by again.

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  24. I’ll just add my two cents: your pictures are beautiful and so are the words. Looking forward to both in your future posts. 😉

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  25. Cynthia, thanks for your very kind words. I love to write – I always have loved to write. I love to take pictures, which is a newer love for me. It’s amazing that I have the opportunity to combine the two within this blog. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll come back again, soon.

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  26. What a great looking blog you have here! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos! I’ve added your link to my “favorite blog links” page. =)
    http://cornville.wordpress.com/favorite-blog-link/
    Barb
    Arizona

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  27. Like your pics and particularly your approach to picture making and presenting. Good luck for the future, I will keep on looking. Gordon

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  28. […] PERSPECTIVE CHALLENGE – Photography Tip #7 After reading your comments from yesterday’s post, I realized that a comment from another photographer had mirrored exactly what I was thinking.  (I was very excited that my thinking had mirrored another photographer’s thinking – that’s a good thing, right?)  I needed to include a shot of the home (from yesterday’s post) from a wider perspective.  So, if you’re interested in seeing that shot you can find it here. […]

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  29. Speaking strictly from a personal perspective here…

    I liked the first one because the Carriage was the picture and the background (house) was the setting. Once you pulled out and got the house in, well it lost its interest. Why? Because the carriage was lost in the image, and you now can see the curb which does not relate to scene’s ‘age.’ Does that make sense? Somehow in real-time we can be there and suspend reality, enjoy the vignette, and mentally wipe out all modernity. Whereas, in the second photograph we have static image and it stops that magic when we can view the curb.

    Make sense?

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  30. I agree pixelated2, in that I was wanting the carriage as my focal point in the original thought for the shoot. Even though the home is beautiful, it was the carriage that caused me to stop. The second shot is still nice, because it has such a nice frame with the tree. But as you said, the curb detracts and also the hydrant becomes a distraction from the period of the carriage. And finally, I liked the flower in the foreground of the first shot. thanks for stopping by.

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  31. Thanks grandpa! haha I read this one cause I saw my name in it 😉

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  32. Well, well, well…Marissa, you finally read a post! Everyone, this is my granddaughter, Marissa. Love you!

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  33. I wondered the same thing recently, and my last post was an image without words. I still got some hits, and a comment, so I think that it will all depend on the image that is being posted, and how you feel about it when doing so. A good writer will have the words to create a story for the images; sometimes a great image needs no words. As long as you feel good about what you’re posting, keep writing (and shooting)!

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  34. I’ve thought the VERY SAME THING! I sort of do both. The photo initially captures me and then, if the blogger has an interesting read or title or image name or story, well, sometimes that REALLY makes the image be even better!

    I, like you, really try to have interesting posts (most of the time). I do enjoy reading your tales since you so obviously put alot of thought, creativity and humor into them!

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  35. I’ve just begun blogging and have no idea if anyone will ever be interested in my ‘essays’, but I’ve been writing them for a while and thought a blog might be a good way to find out! So, yeah, I totally write them for me! I find it’s a good way to clarify my thinking.

    I’ve enjoyed reading through a few of your posts and will enjoy more: the beautiful images, And the words. 🙂

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  36. I love to write. This is a great venue to allow for that expression. I’m glad you stopped by and hope you’ll return, soon. Thank you for your kind words, Missusk76.

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  37. Thanks for your comment, milkay. I’m glad you like the stories. I have to admit, sometimes I find myself chuckling as I write them. When that happens, the words really begin to flow. Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’ll return, soon.

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  38. Thanks for the encouraging words, eseltee. I’m glad you stopped by and hope you’ll return, soon.

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  39. I also enjoy reading your posts and admiring the photos. I’ve decided to add some text to my posts also and I do it for myself more than anything. I like that you don’t overdue all the technical details and you add an interesting story behind it. Great photos, great read for someone on the go.

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  40. Thanks for your kind words, Martina. Good for you to add some text. I find the process invigorating! Thanks for stopping by.

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  41. Your comments and insights that accompany your photos are priceless. Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us!!!

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  42. Thank you for your kind words, here. And, thank you for stopping by.

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  43. […] here to read this week’s most […]

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  44. As a writer I am also a reader. If you’re interested you might check out my recent post about the creative interaction between some of my poetry and Leslie White’s paintings. Words influencing images and vice versa. So, yes, do keep wriitng. Please. LOL.

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  45. thanks for your comment here, 47. I’ll check out that post. Writing seems to flow from me as I think about the different shots I’m posting. I don’t think it’s necessarily deep, but it’s sometimes humorous. So, I continue as long as there’s something inside wanting to come out. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such nice comments. Come back soon.

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  46. Although I also enjoy looking at the photos, I read too!! Please don’t stop writing!! I’ve only just come across your blog, and I’m really enjoying the tips for photographers. A couple of months ago, after shooting with a compact digital for a few years, I’ve finally bought myself a digital SLR… and I’ve realised that there is still SOOO much to learn about photography. I look forward to learning more here, so please continue with your tips.

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  47. Don’t worry, Reggie! This is only a small break from my photography tips because of the holidays and this shoot! But, thank you for this encouragement. I always wonder if someone is being helped by my tips. It’s very nice to know that you are. I really appreciate that! Keep shooting!! This is a great comment! Thanks!

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