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Potter's Product

Posted by
Viewfinder (Bradenton, FL, United States) on 5 September 2007 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

Second of three from Disneyworld. Captured at Epcot. You probably first thought it looked like an artifact, but it's just Disney magic at work.

Disney leaves no detail unturned. Notice the broken handle near the jar's mouth. Adds to the impression that this is just one more piece of ancient but broken pottery. Yet, when set in it's context it's perfect. Its brokenness became a strength, a virtue, in how Disney envisioned the end product, and how Disney used the imperfection to enhance the entire intended setting.

Which got me to thinking on a few other levels. Such as, not all broken things are going to wind up the way they started out. Not all imperfections are catastrophic. Not all bad situations are so bad that they cannot be redeemed and turned for the good. They can be made perfect, even in their brokenness.

I can't help but think of this little song...

"Change my heart, Oh God, make it ever true
Change my heart, oh God, may I be like You
You are the potter, I am the clay
Mold me and make me, this is what I pray..."

NIKON D50 1/500 second F/6.0 300 mm

Lost Valley View from Kamloops, British Columbia (west coast), Canada

I know of the song! At first when I saw this I thought what distant land is this from!?Disneyworld?? Really?? Incredible!! They are masters of magic aren't they!!??

5 Sep 2007 5:38am

@Lost Valley View: Cool! I'm glad you know the song too. It's been a favorite of mine for a long time, one of those musical prayers that sometimes floats through my head at times when it best applies.

This shot was outside the Morocco exhibit. So true to life, walking around you'd almost believe you were over there.

Craiger from Vacaville, California, United States

Excellent selective focus!

5 Sep 2007 6:11am

@Craiger: Thanks Craiger; you're a great encourager.

See The Light from Newcastle, United States

Beautiful, Nice light and color.

5 Sep 2007 6:20am

@See The Light: Thank you very much.

badala from Leiria, Portugal

Great detail and DOF.

5 Sep 2007 6:24am

@badala: I appreciate your observations. Thanks.

Myst from Bologna, Italy

Love the composition and colors!

5 Sep 2007 7:14am

@Myst: Thank you Myst.

Mandy from Johannesburg, South Africa

This is perfect in it's brokenness VF!!! Excellent capture.I thought you had been to some exotic location to capture it...but good old Disney has done it again!! I didn't even notice the broken handle until you mentioned it and as I looked back..there it was. I loved you commentary too...in the Devotional I'm reading at the moment - "The Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren" he talks about how God uses even the bad events in our lives for good....I liked your analogy it tied in with what i had been reading! Blessings to you my friend!!

Thanks for yesterday's comments. I wanted to ask you for some pointers on the finer points of Macro....your close up shots are soooooo beautiful...Any tricks of the trade you can pass along :).

5 Sep 2007 7:33am

@Mandy: Thank you Mandy. Your observations are very helpful and encouraging.

Yes, ha-ha! "Exotic" Orlando -- Disney does have its moments.

And yes, I regularly read from what Rick writes. I don't have his daily devotional, but have seen it in stores. I may have to pick it up sometime soon, as I am looking for a new devotional. Otherwise, Purpose Driven Church and PDLife are both excellent reads. Somewhere in one of them, Rick says "keep the main thing the main thing." That advice also applies in taking macros or close-up zoomed in images like mine today. With a DSLR, you decide thru the lens what you want to emphasize; you zero in on that main thing, and you keep it that way (the main thing the main thing) as you finally compose the image you're viewing, up to the very last millisecond before you snap the shutter. Then you snap it.

Shakara from United Kingdom

Is this epcot or animal kingdom ? Lovely shot . God Bless

5 Sep 2007 7:46am

@Shakara: It's Epcot, outside the Morocco exhibit. Thank you for the kind comment and good wishes. Blessings also to you.

Manuela Photography from Hainburg, Germany

Great detail and perfect example of Disneys' perfection!

5 Sep 2007 8:08am

@Manuela Photography: Ha-ha! You are very kind. Thank you.

Sriram from Chennai, India

Nice use of aperture! Very good DOF! Nicwe tones as well....

Best wishes and great work on all your recent works!

5 Sep 2007 9:48am

@Sriram: Thank you very much for your comments and kind wishes.

Wolfgang Prigge from Canada

Very nice photo! Disney is still on my to do list, maybe with our granddaughters...
Where you thinking about recent events in your house in your third paragraph? If so, you are right!

5 Sep 2007 10:47am

@Wolfgang Prigge: Yes, bring your granddaughters. Don't know their ages, but kids over 8 seem to enjoy far more than younger ones -- the heat, the lines, overload of visual stimulation gets to little ones more quickly and they get very tired and cranky.

As for the 3rd paragraph, yes it has applications to what happened at my house last weekend (the break-in and theft of my cameras and equipt), but also has applications to every other area of my life.

Shutterbug from Chennai, India

o lovely!

5 Sep 2007 11:11am

@Shutterbug: :-) Thank you!

Rebecca from Leicester, United Kingdom

Oh wow, VF, when I first saw this image, the first thought that jumped to my mind was of the Samaritan woman who left her water jar behind after encountering Jesus (John 4:28)!! Then I read your narrative, so apt! (John 4 is one of our favourite passages and your pic and narrative today evoke so much of it!! :) ) And this beautiful song that is one of this household's favourites too! :)
Disney or not, this is most most wonderful, VF. Thank you so much for sharing. Blessings to you and yours too! :)

5 Sep 2007 12:48pm

@Rebecca: How glad I am that this song is one of your family favorites, and that this image has evoked a reminder of John 4 for you. Speaking for myself, whatever I do with photography is something I "feel" as a gift from God, that I want to use to honor him either overtly, or at least indirectly by the beauty or interest of whatever is being photographed.
Thank you for sharing your impressions. And ever more blessings be yours.

Rebel Szczesny from Big Apple - NYC, United States

As always a very beautiful presentation.Right from the heart.

5 Sep 2007 1:06pm

@Rebel Szczesny: Merci beaucoup, mon ami. You are the best!

Brian from United States

Magnificent! Wonderful presentation!

5 Sep 2007 2:35pm

@Brian: Well, thank you Brian.

Bob Israel from Brookfield, WI, United States

Nice texture and DOF. Wonderful image.

5 Sep 2007 2:43pm

@Bob Israel: Your observations are helpful; thanks for noticing and commenting today.

Mandy from Johannesburg, South Africa

Hey VF- Thanks SO So much for your comments on my pic - the pointers on macro etc!! It's greatly appreciated. I will definitely try some bigger flowers. There is the most beautifukl orange Clivia in the church garden, I saw it yesterday when I popped in, I think I will take my camera with when I go again to capture it and try some of the pointers you laid out for me.

Oh and as for great devotionals - I finished an excellent 10 week devotional by Max Lucado called "Experiencing the Heart of jesus". What a powerful learning tool. It focuses on experiencing the characteristics of Jesus in our lives. His peace, love, care etc...really powerful reading and an awesome study!!!! Defnitely worth the read if you can find it. :)

5 Sep 2007 2:50pm

@Mandy: Well, I can't wait to see that Clivia from your church garden. Treat it like a person and you'll come up with a real winner.

And thanks for the word on Max's book. He's a good writer, with a lot of very good things to say and remember.

Markus from Reading, United Kingdom

Great detail and DOF indeed!

5 Sep 2007 5:11pm

@Markus: Your comments are most appreciated today.

Olaide from Fort Collins, United States

great words complemented by beautiful image. Thanks for sharing this.

5 Sep 2007 6:53pm

@Olaide: What you say here comes as a blessing. Thank you, O.

Richard_Irwin from Belper, United Kingdom

Excellent work, great focussing and exposure. Thought this was from some ancient site till I read your caption

5 Sep 2007 10:05pm

@Richard_Irwin: Your comments are appreciated Richard; glad this one pleases.

MaryB from Staffordshire, United Kingdom

I agree with Richard on this one VF, I too though it was an ancient artifact.
A wonderful little song and image :)

5 Sep 2007 10:15pm

@MaryB: Thank you MaryB.

jen from Alpharetta, United States

Love Disney magic and love this shot : )

6 Sep 2007 1:14am

@jen: It's the best -- Disney magic, I mean. Thanks for the good review.

HorseRotorVator from Newton, United States

Super shot pal! I have been so busy, it's time to catch up! " Not all imperfections are catastrophic", not at all. some are quite pleasant! :)

6 Sep 2007 1:32am

@HorseRotorVator: Glad you dropped in HRV. I appreciate the affirmation.

Morris J. Chisholm from Thunder Bay - Land of the Sleeping Giant, Canada

Wonderful well done.

6 Sep 2007 2:07am

@Morris J. Chisholm: Thank you for coming by and for the nice comment.

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

VERY very nicely done!! That dof so works here with the tones of the walls and clay pot. Excellent!

6 Sep 2007 4:58pm

@amy: Merci, m'lady.

Sandrine from United States

Very nice photo and I love your comment on being broken... I just went to Orlando, we went to this attraction called "The Holy Land" it's like being there. I have tones of pictures that I might post. If you have never been it is well worth it!

7 Sep 2007 2:03am

@Sandrine: Thanks Sandrine; no I've not been to the particular attraction you mentioned. I hope you will post your pix of your time there.

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

nice composition

7 Sep 2007 3:40pm

NIKON D50
1/500 second
F/6.0
300 mm

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