Where Balls Go to Die… and other photographic adventures

Today was a great day because it involved photographic adventures, good coffee, volleyball and the start of the NFL’s regular season!

My dad was in town because he had to pick my mom up at the airport (she was visiting family in Holland – lucky!), so we decided to make a day out of it and hang out.  And when I say hang out I mean walk around scrapyards and old shipyards with our cameras and take photos of all sorts of obscure items.  That’s our idea of fun!

It was my dad who taught me how to really LOOK.

One of his famous lines is that there is a photo in eveything.

It is fun to walk around and give yourself little assignments.  For example, tell yourself that you are going to take pictures of colour – then your eye will look for it and you will find all sorts of cool photos.

Other assignments could be to focus on texture, or patterns, or lines, or extreme close ups.

Or do a 360 of something.  To do this you choose an object (like this bike for example) and take photos of it from all angles.

From the top, from the side, from behind, from the bottom, etc.

These little assignments will teach your eye to find a photo in everything!

Yes, we are those weird people who take pictures of random things.  Or the people who lie on their backs to get a better shot of something.  Here’s dad snapping away:

This whole area was full of scrapyard type items.  You know the usual suspects: rusty old chains, fraying ropes, dead tires, piles of stones… that kinda stuff.

Ah, well, and then there were the dead balls.  I am not sure what the deal is, but as we were wandering around we found countless old and broken balls.  It’s not like it is right next to any sport fields or anything so I am still very puzzled about the whole scenario…

Thanks dad for a fun outing – can’t wait for next time!

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  • The Wife of a Dairyman
    September 9, 2017

    Love your photos! I just recently bought myself a macro lens and it’s like I have a whole different view now……I love it:) This is my first time here and will be back.

  • Sana
    September 10, 2017

    Hahah! I always wondered where my balls went! Your blog makes me want to go out and buy a nicer camera!!

  • Kirsten
    September 11, 2017

    Great photos and such a neat thing to do with your Dad!
    PS: I just gave you a blog award over on my blog 🙂

  • Danielle
    September 12, 2017

    It is true that even the most unlikely things can be beautiful! Gorgeous photos. Thanks for the photographic tips 🙂

  • Heather
    September 12, 2017

    you are in the most photographic place! amazing!

  • Ashley
    September 13, 2017

    Love love LOVE this. Check my post tomorrow 🙂

  • Garfield G
    September 13, 2017

    Hey Nienke: Incredible shots! You have a gift to make the ordinary pop! What a good eye you have. Looking forward to making many more photos and sweet memories with you. Love, Dad

  • Bruce Woodburn
    September 13, 2017

    This girl has unlimited talent. Her husband is a lucky man.