© 2012 Jacco

Autumn 1

I believe I’ve mentioned I’d be taking part in a photo course where each few weeks we are supposed to work around a certain theme.

Time to share some photos of the first theme, “Fall”. No, “Autumn”. I could call it “Herfst”.

The whole group of students is allowed and encouraged to comment on the photos (in a different forum), but so are you (over here). The main reason for taking a course is to learn something from it. Let me know…

I will post more of this theme in the coming updates.


  1. Posted November 30, 2012 at 09:53 | #

    Wow. gorgeous colors, beautiful light. Just a bit catholic in composition, I had to look twice to see what it was in the background.

    • Posted November 30, 2012 at 09:59 | #

      Thanks. A bit catholic, had to think about that, but I see now that the signpost in the background could easily be mistaken for a cross. Is that why you used the word catholic? 🙂

  2. Posted December 1, 2012 at 18:53 | #

    I have to admit, that’s where my eye was immediately taken to also – the cross in the background… wondering if there was some hidden meaning behind the photo that you were trying to convey, because of 🙂

    Okay, it’s not a cross (per se), but just a street sign that has the shape of the Christian/Catholic symbol 🙂

    I guess the lesson would be, watch your background when you shoot 🙂 For now, instead of viewers looking at your take of Autumn, they are contemplating what religious overtones you are trying to present 🙂

    I am almost compulsive about that when I shoot, paying equal, if not more, attention to the background, as my actual subject, when I shoot. Seriously, I’ve had subjects look at me, look behind them, and back at me and say – “Hey, hello – I’m right here! The photo is of me, not that back there!”

    My defense has been, well, what’s back there, is also going to be in the photo, so as to make sure that there is nothing to distract from precious o’ you (okay, I don’t say that), and/or to either make sure what’s back there compliments, frames, etc., you well, yes, I make sure that the background is also working with you in the foreground 🙂

    Anyway… I look forward to your future assignments!

    PS: And thanks again for the postcards! They looked great!

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 12:33 | #

      Jeff, that’s a lesson learned. Well, the signpost was intentional (either that or unavoidable, I’m hard-pressed to remember which of the two), but I should have thought better about what it would look like…
      Watch your background and try to imagine what it looks like when it is not in focus. That’s the message.

      I was actually hoping for one or a few cyclists coming past (on the road that runs left to right just in front of the signpost), so that I could include some movement in the background. Of course there were plenty of cyclists while I was getting my camera out of the bag, but once I was set to go… I waited for about 10 minutes, then decided to take the shot without a cyclist… :-/

      P.S.: glad you liked the postcards, you’re welcome!

  3. Posted December 2, 2012 at 21:07 | #

    Well… Intended or not, the cross / signpost adds something valuable to the picture, as it seems to tickle the curiosity. Without, the shot would have been boring.

    In a way, one could argue this picture is conveying that, in the age of the GPS, the good old sign post is going down the same road as religion in the post-modern society.
    Good work capturing all that in one shot Jacco!

    • Posted December 2, 2012 at 21:09 | #

      Hey, yes, that is exactly the message I wanted to convey, you’re the first one to notice! 🙂 🙂

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