Week 14: Where the ___meets the sky

When photographing flowers, I generally aim down or across, rarely up. However, at the Historic American Hemerocallis Society Daylily Display Garden at North Dakota State University in Fargo, which I had all to myself, by the way, the position of the day lily was perfect for me to get under it and shoot up showing where the daylily meets the (beautiful North Dakota) sky.

Day Lily Meets the Sky


Week 13: Break the Rule of Thirds

The Rule of Thirds is a basic tenet of photography that calls for an image to be divided into imaginary thirds across the top, down the sides, and across the bottom, creating a grid of nine equal parts. This grid produces four important parts of an image, which are the corners of the center part, or box. The rule dictates that the photo’s point of interest should be placed in one of these intersections. In the case of a horizon line, the horizon would be placed in the top third or bottom third of the image. So to break this rule, I photographed the runway at Fargo’s airport so the horizon line was way down in the bottom fifth of the image, thereby breaking the Rule of Thirds. This also allowed the big sky to dominate the image, which was my intention in the first place.

Fargo Sky Rule of Thirds

Week 12: Night Sky

Last night and tonight are the nights the hunter’s supermoon will be at its most spectacular dominating the Night Sky. According to National Geographic, this weekend’s hunter’s supermoon kicks off a lunar triple play happening over the next three months. This month’s full moon is known in North America as the hunter’s moon. That’s because in other months, the moon rises about 50 minutes later each day, while the October moon rises just 30 minutes later. That offers more light overall during a 24-hour day, which came in handy for traditional hunters.This month, the moon officially reached its full phase early yesterday at 12:23 a.m. ET, which means that the lunar disk appears nearly equally full on the nights of both Oct. 15 and 16. The full moon on the 16th appears 16 percent larger than average and nearly 30 percent larger than the year’s smallest full moon, which we saw back in April. Do you think this is partially responsible for the political lunacy that has the country in such a tizzy? I myself did something a little crazy with the image, giving it a heavy rusted steel treatment to set it apart from all the beautiful moon shots I saw tonight on the Internet.


Week 11: Tools of the Trade

As I was shooting street shots on downtown Fargo’s main street, Broadway, a young guy shouted “Take my picture!” I shrugged him off, and he continued “I’m a skateboarder! take my picture! I’m from Fargo!” Well, what was I going to do? So I got off two shots. He asked me if I had a Facebook page, I told him I did, and he quickly took my name and said he would send me a friend request so I could send him the picture. I did, and it’s now his profile pic. By the way, I’m glad he asked me to take his picture, as I really like the result of this young man with the tool of his trade.

Skateboarder BW