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Nighttime at Rabin Square

Tel Aviv, Israel


I get inspired looking at photography.  However, I wilt at the thought of shutter speeds, exposure, and focal lengths.  I haven’t allocated brain space to understand the technical aspects of photography.  Yet.

For now, I am content to stick with my point and shoot camera and look at other people’s oh so pretty pictures.

My husband took this photograph in Israel–at night.  I love the contrast between the dark sky and the red tree.

It makes me think how often there are times in life when the darkness can seem overwhelming or scary–when our worries cloak hope and possibility.

And this photo reminds me that the color and light are still there . . .

whether or not we see it.

Are you handy with a camera?  What does this photograph make you think about?

Have a great week!

67 thoughts on “Photography Inspiration: The World is Full of Magic

  1. August McLaughlin

    What a gorgeous photo, Coleen. I love your take on its meaning. I’m a major photography novice, which makes experimenting with digital cameras, Instagram and such exciting – if occassionally frustrating. 😉

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I read Photography for Dummies. It didn’t help all that much. I think I could learn it better hands on. Another problem–those fancy cameras are so heavy!
      Thanks Jennette!

  2. Pat O'Dea Rosen

    Yes, the world is full of magic because that tree looks like a bougainvillea, and I’ve only ever seen bougainvillea vines. A bougainvillea tree is a vine to the power of twenty. Wow! (Maybe it’s not a bougainvillea but is a knock-out, whatever it is.)

    Coleen, I wish you light when the darkness seems overwhelming or scary. One of these days, you’re going to flaunt a 5K tee shirt, and I’m going to see a bougainvillea tree.

  3. Tameri Etherton

    At night???!!!??? Wow. That’s a gorgeous picture. I see a heart in the tree leaves, do you? Photography totally inspires me, too. As for the technical stuff on cameras… I was afraid of it too, but then took a beginning digital photography class at a local community college and now I’m not scared of the little knobs. I still can’t figure out night photography, so that’s next on the agenda. You can do it, Coleen!

    Thanks for reminding us there is magic everywhere in the world. We don’t really have to look all that hard to find it, as your husband’s picture shows.

  4. Susanna Leonard Hill

    I am not at all handy with a camera, but I love this picture and your accompanying thoughts about light and dark. They come at a very appropriate point when I’m finding the light in some areas a little hard to see!

  5. Margie

    The photo looks as if I could step right into it and sit down on the empty bench. Amazing work. It definitely tells a story. Do you find that pictures contrast your writing? What I mean by that- have you ever read a book and then saw photos or a movie about the book and it is completely different than how you imagined it when you read it? Many times our imagination creates more details than any picture can tell. I’ll stop rambling. I have a 2 year old that doesn’t sleep so I’m a zombie (not making any sense!).

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      No I get what you’re saying Margie. It’s why I get surprised watching a movie adapted from a book. Sometimes my visual is so different!
      Thanks Margie–hugs to that 2 yr old. 🙂

  6. Serena Dracis

    Beautiful picture! I would rather be behind the camera than in front of it, and I like to flatter myself that I take a good shot now and then. How much do I love digital? I can snap to my heart’s content in the effort to get that one good shot. The rest? Delete! So easy! I use a Nikon D50. It’s a sweet DSLR, and I do have two lenses, but never switch them out. Like you, the thought of shutter speed, f-stop, and other hocus pocus of the ‘real’ photographer escape me. I use my lovely camera as a glorified point and shoot. Someday, would love to take a photography class and learn what all the buttons on the thing will do.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I used my husband’s camera a few times and I ignored all the bells and whistles and just took the pictures. A lot of them. I figured one out of the bunch had to turn out okay. Ha ha.
      Thanks Serena!

  7. Patricia

    That is a lovely picture. I didn’t even realize it was night time. How cool!

    I use my reliable ole point and shoot, auto-focus, pocket-sized Nikon. It never fails me.

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt

  8. Lynn Kelley

    That’s a beautiful photo, Coleen. You’re right about the contrast between the dark sky and the bright red of the trees. I, too, love to look at gorgeous photos. I know nothing about photography. I do my best with my dinky little camera, and lately I’ve been playing around with special effects with editing. It’s fun to see what I end up with! Happy WANA1011 Birthday. I love your blog!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thank you Lynn!! Happy WANA1011 Birthday to you too. I love the editing part too–it’s so much fun. You always come up with cool stuff with your photos!

  9. Sheila Seabrook

    Wow, Coleen, the picture is gorgeous. I wish I had that tree in my back yard right now. I love to take pictures, but I’m the point and click type too. I do love to look at beautiful photographs. The inspire me.

      1. Marielba

        They look very similar indeed! But in a way I am not so surprised because Israel has a warm climate, since they are subtropical, so their plants and trees could be similar to the ones we have in the tropics. 🙂

  10. Leigh Covington

    OOH! I love this! I do photography as a hobby (although I have less and less time for it these days.) But I love it! It makes me notice what I might otherwise miss. That’s what this picture makes me think about. And I LOVE that quote! So true!

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      Thanks Leigh! I guess the camera doesn’t have the same distractions as we do. I guess we have to work harder at focusing to see the magic!! 🙂

  11. Lynette M. Burrows

    Beautiful picture, Coleen! Love your post. The world IS full of magic, we just have to keep the ability to see it.

    BTW, I think you should take a photography class. You’ve got a natural eye for some great photos.

  12. tomwisk

    I have my first digital camera, a cheap SONY. I just wander around and point and shoot. I miss my old SLR, with a long lens and colorful strap it made taking shots of the public easier. The SONY is a bit sneaky because of its size.

  13. Catherine Johnson

    That is so beautiful! I just love photos and taking photos and Pinterest. I almost wish I’d been a photographer. I think all that technical stuff puts me off too. I remember seeing lots of Photographers wander around parks in Australia while everyone else is inside an office, it looked so peaceful.

  14. Natalie Hartford

    Incredible picture Coleen! I couldn’t agree with you more – there’s something incredibly inspiring about photography. I wish I was better at taking stunning pics. Right now I rely pretty heavily on my photoshop skills to beef pictures up. LOL!! But composition is half the battle and I need work on that. Keep us posted on what you are learning…here’s to more incredible pics like that one!

  15. John Hardy Bell

    Hey Collen,

    Can’t say that I’m too handy with a camera, though I’d like to be. Most of my picture taking involves my highly energetic 3 year old, but I would love to branch out and do more. Your photo is amazing! I’m a writer, so when I see it I think of a hundred different things – all of them great stories!

    Great stuff here!
    Btw, Susie sent me! 🙂

  16. Stacy S. Jensen

    I studied all the fstops, etc in college during documentary photojournalism classes. Now, I stick to mostly auto focus with an SLR digital camera. I need to revisit some of those technical issues for my effort to gather digital photos for a portfolio (an effort to get credit for prior learning from my community college). 🙂

    1. Coleen Patrick

      A documentary photojournalism class–now that sounds interesting! The visual, the writing–I just get tripped up on the technical aspect. 🙂 Hope school is going well Stacy!

  17. Emily R. King

    Beautiful! I take many pictures of my kids, etc. but I am definitely an amateur. I do have photos of landscapes in my house. I like them better than drawings or paintings. I know art mimics life, but sometimes, I’d rather just have the real thing. 🙂

    Have a great weekend, Coleen!

    1. Coleen Patrick

      Thanks Emily! My husband ordered some photos printed on canvas, so we have a few cool canvas photos of the kids up–and the rest is mostly framed artwork from them. 🙂

  18. 4amWriter

    Amazing! I love that red tree. I have a wonderful camera, of which I am unworthy. I tried to learn all its different functions, but as I’m a hands-on type of learner as well as a painfully slow learner, I need to practice with it a lot more.

    1. Coleen Patrick

      Hands on learning and practice is what will help me too. I just need to make the time. Maybe the 4am photographer? I’d get a lot of sunrises! 🙂 Thanks Kate!

  19. BornBookish

    Wow! Gorgeous photograph! I can’t believe that’s was nighttime, everything except the sky looks so bright, love the contrast.

    I also love your interpretation of it, beautiful =)

  20. Debra Kristi

    That’s a gorgeous photograph, Coleen. My husband is better at the picture taking that I am, as well. Part of that is because I can’t see the settings to know what to change it to. I usually have it set wrong because I’m too stubborn to put my glasses on. I need to overcome that. I hope to get there. Photography has always been a side love of mine.

  21. Patricia Titon

    The photo is absolutely beautiful. It has a joyful spirit of its own. I love photophraphy and studied it as a journalism student many, many years ago. Even developed my own black and white photos for the newspaper. So, years ago I enjoyed being able to use really nice cameras, but they also are very heavy to carry on trips. Went to point and shoot many years ago. But, loved to still use them when my daughter was riding in horse shows and I wanted to catch the action. Sorry I’m late posting, as I’ve been gone for five days.

    1. Coleen Patrick Post author

      I bet you have some amazing photos Patricia! I love how the nice cameras capture action too. My little camera doesn’t do such a great job at my son’s cross country meets!
      Thanks for coming by, there’s never a time limit. 🙂

  22. Molly Pendlebury

    Love photography and really love this photo! I’m very inspired by photos both viewing and capturing them. I have a basic knowledge for nitty gritty but will sometimes go with the “point and shoot” mode depending on the environment. Your photo in this post is described perfectly by you (IMO). Even in the dark of night, when things seem so bleak and upsetting, there is color and light somewhere. This photo definitely gives me a sense of wonder and hope.

  23. Peggy Eddleman

    Oh my goodness– I LOVE that photo! I have several friends who are photographers, and they’re incredible. I sometimes wish I had their talent…. I’m just not willing to put in the time. For now, staring at other photographers pictures is enough. 🙂

  24. Roxanne

    What a lush, gorgeous picture. The red tree looks truly amazing and the balance of the dark sky above with the light peeking from underneath the tree is brilliant.

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