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Domino wall

ISO 500 4.28mm f/2.4 1/15sec

Lately I’ve been trying to retrain myself to shoot more with my iphone when I don’t have my Canon with me (which is actually a funny sentence to read if you didn’t know I was talking about photography haha). I’ve grown so accustom to my big bad dslr that I tend to forget that the iPhone packs a mean camera as well. My goal is to get to the point that Im shoot literally thousands of pictures a day. They say you have to have around 10,000 hours Β into something before you can truly master it. Well its going to be some time before I hit that, but getting in thousands of shots a day will get me there faster.

Theres something about finding amazement in so many things through out the day that… well amazes me. Like I’ve said in recent exposures, I love finding beauty and interest in things that people often take for granted and pass by every single day. I love connecting stories with a scene, even if the story seems so disconnected at first. As a creative I love letting my imagination run free throughout the day.

As the title of the photo suggests, when I looked at this wall I immediately seen the domino, the great chinese game that my loving Grandma would try to teach me time and time again. But of course being the hyperactive kid that I was, I would instead turn the dining room table into a striped maze of 2in x 1in white and black blocks that would wake anyone trying to get an afternoon nap in when they finally came crashing down, launching a good handful of them off the table. I was half tempted to give the wall a good shove to see if it would budge taking anything in its path out as it would flip down the stairs behind it. I wonder if the designer of this structure had similar childhood memories in mind when he created this wall?

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38 thoughts on “Domino wall

  1. Very nice set of photos Nick.

  2. Great photo. I’m hoping that the Sierra gets some snow like that soon!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I was reading your “Nick’s Thoughts” and it is so true that networking is important. I’m just starting my journey with photography and love to see other’s blogs on this subject. Thanks again.

  3. calvininjax on said:

    As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you.

    • Absolutely! Im a big fan of Chase Jarvis, and he pushes this point often. Now days they make it so easy to be happy with pretty much any camera you have by your side. The iphone has such a great camera! Thanks for your comments πŸ™‚

  4. Hi Nick great picture full of atmosphere – thanks

  5. LOL I’ve shot Canons for years, so far haven’t hit anyone. πŸ™‚

    Shooting with simpler technology often gives very pleasing results. After a while I branced out into old film cameras as well as novelty cameras. Photography is a fun art form.

    You do good work. Keep it up.

    • Vincent, hey man πŸ™‚ I agree simple technology takes your mind off the technical and allows you to focus on getting the most out of you subject. It is so much fun, and I too look to branch out into different cameras. Thanks for your kind words!

  6. Like you, I enjoy finding thinks of interest in the commonplace and overlooked. And I love this picture.

  7. Awesome pic Nick, look forward to seeing more of your work.

  8. Marcel on said:

    It’s a rare day indeed when I don’t have my Canon with me, my problem was getting it out of it’s backpack fast enough to get a shot that presented itself.

    Since I have a Blackberry that takes really crappy images my solution was a $40 Canon PowerShot A710 off that fits nicely in my jacket pocket

    • Wow that seems like a great price for a powershot. Good thinking!

      • The A710 IS was released about 5 1/2 years ago so in terms of digital camera technology it’s almost an ancient historical artifact – which explains its current street price.

        … but it does everything a pocket camera should, and I’m (so far) happy with it.

        • Thats the thing, I think as photographers we often get to obsessed in the new latest and greatest camera’s and specs, and we tend to forget that 6 years ago cameras didn’t have all this technology and people were still taking kick ass photo’s. Keep rockin it out Marcel!

  9. Very interesting find!

  10. Well seen, Nick. And so lovely in B&W. Thanks for sharing your inspiration. Cheers from Kodiak, Alaska!

    • Thanks Marion! Your very welcome. Im still mystified by the fact that our art forms can reach across the globe instantly. That someone like yourself from Kodiak, Alaska can pull up art and images from over here in Michigan. There’s a story in and of itself. I appreciate your comments and for sharing your location!

  11. laurenturtonphotography on said:

    For some reason I never thought to use my phone’s camera. Now I shoot with it all the time and have done some awesome projects with it! We are blessed to have these tools with us all the time!!! Keep shooting and I look forward to seeing more of your blog! Also, do you have a FB page to follow? I’m new to blogging and trying to figure this all out!

    Lauren Turton

  12. lovely texture and tone in the photo, TFS

  13. Really interesting tones. The shot almost looks animated. Not having an iPhone, I don’t know whether the camera allows for any alternations after the photos are taken. Is this without effects? Thanks for posting this.

    • Thanks! First of all, the iphone is the coolest phone ever. So many ways to post process right in phone with amazing results. This however was adjusted in Lightroom 3. Very little was done, black and white conversion, a bit of clarity and contrast and a vignette. Thanks for the thoughts!

  14. Very nice. I have been relying on my cell phone for photos as well. No only because it is always in my pocket, but I can email myself the photos and there they are on my computer when I get home. I don’t bother to do any adjusting or cropping it is just a moment in time as it was.

    Every day I also find so many things that i must shoot, I am sure I long ago surpassed the 10 thousand photos. And if you factor in dark room time from the dark ages, I know it is way more than 10 thousand hours. Still I think of myself as a beginner.

    • Shez, I’ve seen your work, and you are no beginner. I especially enjoy your airplane photography! And your right the email feature of phones now days is awesome. And then on top of that with the icloud and similar cloud services linking our phones to our computers, managing workflow has never been easier! Thanks again for your thoughts!

  15. I’m with you, Nick. I would like to see what pushing that domino over might lead to. I can picture a comedy/scifi scenario where it would build up until an entire city gets pushed over… πŸ™‚

    • Haha Randy, thats awesome! As soon as I read it my imagination went crazy, ending with me standing in a heap of ruble and dust with the “what the hell did I just do” look across my face. haha πŸ™‚

  16. Awesome! I love the textures in that concrete…
    and the glow of lights in that falling snow is just spectacular!

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