Reub's journey

30 June 2011

Friday My Town Shoot Out: Simplicity

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Attributed to Leonardo da Vinci

Ah the challenge for this week's shoot-out is a mighty one.

Rhododendrons are finally on their way out. The dark background here is a window in our house.

Not only should our pictures reflect the uniqueness of our town, they should also show that we learned something from reading Rebecca's suggestions on simplicity of composition.

Last weekend John and I attended the nearby Inavale Horse Trials, which attracts several hundred amazing riders to our town every year.
It was tricky to get pictures that weren't too far away and didn't have fences, posts, or spectators complicating the background.
Last week we also had a wonderful canoe ride on the Siletz river. This is somebody's swimming hole rope, resting on the surface of a pool.


Part of an old-style fuel tank on a nearby farm.




Daisies cover the meadows right now. It seems a shame to convert their bright colors to black and white, doesn't it?


But black and white is the simplest thing I can think of, and the daisy still looks like a daisy.

All photos shot in Corvallis, Oregon
Exercise your photography skills and show off your town; join us next week:
Friday My Town Shoot-Out


19 comments:

  1. love the shot of the rider's boot in the stirrup and only the front leg of the horse. really nice!

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  2. Simplicity is always the best, it grab the viewer's attention immediately.

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  3. great pictures. I try to live simply.

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  4. I went back and looked 4 times, trying to pick a FAV and make a decent comment... I think the daisies won.... but would have liked the color or gold against a blue sky too. And the boot/stirup/horse's leg.... okay and the rope & water. great shots All.

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  5. I'm BAD! - I read through a few more posts, then realized that your daisies are probably white.... here we have a simular flower that is bright yellow with a black center, and my mind put those colors in your photo - I sitll love that photo best.

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  6. Oh my goodness....your photos are stunning and I love the boot shot!! All of them share true simplicity. Wonderful visit, this was, glad I came by.

    Stop over to see a little bit of Vermont's simplicity, through my eyes, if you like.

    Best to you, Heather

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  7. I too love the daisy. But also the rope over the water and the boot shot. All fantastic shots!

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  8. Black and white, amazing idea for this theme. Some great shots. Can't beat a horse for simple elegance to me.
    QMM

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  9. The riders boot...what a perfect idea and photo -- simple, elegant, unexpected.

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  10. wow Kerry!! best post I have seen so far. I like that you have brought attention back to "our towns". all the photos are fantastic, but maybe the boot shot or the horse jumping, my favs.

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  11. these are very good.
    I like the swimming rope, you can't get simpler than that.

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  12. The rider's boot in the stirrup is very striking - super shot!

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  13. Hi Kerry. Great photos. I really like the rider on the horse and the old fuel tank. Simplicity at its best.

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  14. The third photo is spot on, Great job.

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  15. I LOVE that last daisy shot! It's perfect, really.
    Simple, and perfect. :)

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  16. This are so beautiful, even in bw. :)
    LG Tina

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  17. Awesome daisy shot! I think black and white is perfect for simplicity!

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  18. Gorgeous pictures, both simple and complex. Isn't that the most accurate way to reflect "reality" ??

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  19. Nicely done. You have some interesting perspectives here. The one I like best is the rider's boot.

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