Pic of the Month: March ’09

I know I’m already two months and one day late. But after a lot of thought and a good conversation over dinner with a “real” photographer the other day, I have decided it would be beneficial to start posting a “Picture of the Month.” The purpose behind this is fourfold: First, it allows open discussion for your critique and comments; critique is to a photographer as water is to a plant. Second, it allows me to share my personal experience and stories behind each image. Third, it serves as a motivation for me to keep shooting and exercise my photography skills. And lastly, it is fertile soil for creatively making analogies; often a picture is only as good as it is able to portray a concept of truth.

Frozen Reflections

Frozen Reflections

Have you ever seen trees standing in frozen flood-water? It’s peculiarity was one reason I decided to take this picture that cold, Friday evening after work last month. The light was fading, so I quickly set up the tripod and camera close to the waters edge. Heavy snowfall was in the forecast for that very night and the warmth of spring would come soon after that; I knew this might be the last chance I had to capture this strange occurrence.

Time moves on. Opportunities come and go. Reflections of the past are frozen. Shoot now, for the night is coming! (John 9:4)


  1. Michael March 4, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    I’m really glad you took your chance to shoot those photos. I’ve learned that many chances only come once. An improvement or variation to the picture could be to cut off the top just at the land line so that all you see is the blue ice and tree trunks/reflections. Somehow the background makes the picture look ordinary, while the cropped version would concentrate that feel of wild coldness. Keep having fun! 🙂

  2. Donald March 4, 2009 at 6:29 pm #

    At first I thought “forzen reflections” was a rather cold title. When I read your analogy and the point you made of catching a memory before it changed, it all came together. Good analogy. I like the color in the shot. I scrolled down a little to hide the top of the picture to see what it would look like cropped and I think I agree with Michael. Great idea to have a picture each month. This’ll be as much fun for you as it will for us.

  3. Dad and Mom March 4, 2009 at 8:01 pm #

    Excellent analogy. We scrolled down as Donald suggested and noticed how that highlighted the reflection of the trees.

  4. Robert March 6, 2009 at 11:08 pm #

    Nice, James!

  5. Tim March 9, 2009 at 5:50 pm #

    Nice shot James! As others have already said, cropping might help. Maybe a lower angle would help a little too.

    The photo of the month is a great idea! I would definitely agree – critiques are very helpful.

  6. James March 14, 2009 at 12:58 pm #

    Thanks everyone for your comments! I really appreciate you taking the time to critique.

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