by Krista on February 22, 2014 Ever been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend? Was it a total surprise, or something you saw coming? Tell us your best worst breakup story. Never been the dumpee, always the dumper? Relate the story of a friend who got unceremoniously kicked to the curb. Change the names to protect the innocent if you must.
Photographers, artists, poets: show us RELEASE.
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Tainted love? Tainted? It sounds like the year I spent hooking on a seedy street corner in some crumbling town in the upper Midwest. Not.
Tainted? Could you have picked a more loaded adjective if you went hunting for one that would make all of us feel like we need a shower? For anyone who suffered abuse, this is an incredibly poor choice of words and subject. Tasteless at best and rude too.
I’ve been divorced twice. The second one was an asshole. But it wasn’t tainted, just serious misjudgment all around. As for old boyfriends, put the emphasis on old because any who are still kicking around are well on in years. Long in the tooth. On social security. Pensioned off. Out to pasture.
Enough with the depressing prompts. Time to move on folks.
In a nutshell, a three-picture story is a way to help you think about storytelling with images. To create a three-picture story, gather:
An establishing shot: a broad photo of your subject.
A relationship: two elements interacting with one another.
A detail: a close-up of one part of your subject.
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Last April, the geese made a play for ownership of what has always been swan territory by stealing the nest from a pair of swans. Geese live all over the valley. This area is a watershed, crisscrossed with rivers, streams, ponds and marsh — perfect nesting grounds for water fowl. From herons and egrets, to swans and all kinds of ducks, water birds nest and live in the Valley.
Herons, swans and geese get along fine with ducks … but not with each other. Herons are secretive and nest far from other birds, but swans and geese are forever encroaching on each others’ territory. For whatever the reason, these two species are enemies, even though they share space with other water birds without problems.
By some quirk of fate, Garry and I were there with our cameras to witness the battle. Talk about serendipity!
Despite a temporary setback, there’s a happy ending. Six young swans cruise with mama on Whitins Pond. The geese are not in evidence, but I’m sure they’ll try again. They are persistent.
It’s a big pond. They could just share, but apparently, they don’t want to. You’d have to ask them why not.
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