Beautiful and Broken

f10, ISO100, 1/25s, 17mm, on a Canon 60D

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One of the things I love about being a photographer is that way we SEE things differently than other folks, well most other folks. We’re constantly composing regardless of what we’re REALLY doing and we see things that a lot of people wouldn’t. Part of that is finding beauty in areas that are typically ignored or forgotten. This premise is what makes urbex photography so great – seeing beauty and stories in places that have been intentionally abandoned, forgotten and decaying. That’s not the only area it applies, however. Seeing beauty in the broken can happen anywhere depending on the photographer’s eye.

Today’s image is one of those for me. This stump is not a new scene for me – I’ve driven by it many times, but it took a good layer of snow, overcast skies and a bit of fog for me to see the beauty in it. Most people, and likely most photographers, would not be interested in the story behind this stump, but it caught my interest and eye, and that’s enough.

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  1. Len Saltiel February 4, 2013 at 6:59 AM #

    Agree with you sentiments Jim. What I really enjoy is seeing images that other photographers see when shooting the same subjects. Nice image by the way.

    • Jim February 4, 2013 at 7:21 AM #

      Thanks Len – that’s why taking the same pic as another photographer should never be discouraged. They will SEE it differently in the end!

  2. Chris Nitz February 4, 2013 at 8:15 AM #

    Man, I just think how this would make a great log for a camp fire, with marshmallows using the heat it provides for cooking. C’mon spring!

    • Jim February 4, 2013 at 8:41 AM #

      I think you’re right on both accounts! Come on spring!

  3. Erin Duke February 4, 2013 at 8:18 AM #

    I love finding new ways to see the same scene. This is spot on, Jim! Great stuff. :)

    • Jim February 4, 2013 at 8:42 AM #

      Thank you som much Erin!

  4. Rich McPeek February 4, 2013 at 9:22 AM #

    Well said Jim! Terrific shot my friend!

    • Jim February 4, 2013 at 10:06 AM #

      Appreciate that Rich!

  5. Edith Levy February 4, 2013 at 11:06 AM #

    Lovely Jimmy. Boy that looks cold.

  6. Chris Maskell February 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM #

    Totally agree Jim and a great photo to prove the point

    • Jim February 5, 2013 at 3:10 PM #

      Thanks Chris!

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