It isn’t often that I find a synergy between two different weekly photo challenges. I like to grab my camera and go on a hunt for the perfect photo, but when that isn’t possible — on days like today — I always find it fun to search through my archives for a photo that I might look at in a different way. Today, I found something that fit not one weekly challenge, but two.
When I saw that Ailsa’s Travel Theme this week was Architecture, I had no idea what I would find in my poorly organized archives, but knew that I shouldn’t have too much difficulty as I like taking photos of buildings, bridges, and sculptural monuments. When I started to browse, I was thinking of some shots I took a few months ago of Bethesda Terrace in Central Park and an older building with a broken window that I took near The Cloisters. But, before I even found photos from that trip to NYC, I stumbled across some shots I took a while ago at J.N. Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Florida.
While this might not be many people’s idea of “architecture“, it is an architectural structure. When in a wildlife refuge, one would like to not see such signs of modern life, but Sanibel — even though half of the land is devoted to wildlife preserve — is a populated island. There was long line of these utility poles that stretched out into San Carlos Bay towards the mainland. On one hand, they are a scar on the face of the natural beauty of the islands. On the other hand, I find them fascinating to look at, especially up close.
It was fun — though not physically very comfortable — to sit in the gravel at the base of this pole and lean backwards to take this photo. I have no idea what all of the gadgetry on the pole is for, but I think it makes for some interesting, artistic lines.
Of course, those artistic lines begged for a close-up. Since I had wandered out on this deserted service road looking for birds, I had a zoom lens with me. While the birds weren’t very cooperative, at least the pole wasn’t about to fly away.
While I was choosing these images this afternoon, I saw that the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge was to take two views of the same subject. The two shots I had selected for Ailsa’s challenge fit well with the WordPress Challenge. I love shooting things from different perspectives. If you don’t do this routinely, I encourage you to do this with everything you shoot for the next several days. It’s a great exercise that will make a big impact on the way you compose your shots.
And the bonus? The rusted patina of the bolts on the utility tower were intriguing. Though functional, I wouldn’t call them architectural. As for two views, this photo is too detailed to give a hint of the entire subject, so I thought it didn’t really fit into the Two Views theme. These could have been anywhere; they just happened to be at the base of the tower.
Both of these fun challenges are open to anyone. Be sure to check out the contributions others have made to these week’s challenge. Here are just a few:
One Shot, Two Views:
weekly photo challenge: one shot, two ways (plaridel.wordpress.com)
Weekly Photo Challenge: One shot, two ways (travel-monkey.me)
Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways (wordswewomenwrite.wordpress.com)
Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways (ambitiousdrifter.wordpress.com)
Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways Part II Philadelphia City Hall (iseebeautyallaround.com)
Travel Theme: Architecture (suzie81.wordpress.com)
Travel Theme : Architecture (annarashbrook.wordpress.com)
Architecture Two Ways (canoecommunications.wordpress.com)
Travel Theme: Architecture (beyondpaisley.net)
8-9-13 Travel Theme: Architecture (quotidianhudsonriver.com)