Pool Ball, Kingston ON

After the wizened-up kids had cleared out of the pool, their toys floated around for a while.

I’m still learning what I like – in this case, it was the reflections that drew me in.

Blue and yellow ball floating in pool, flanked by pink noodle.


Blue and yellow ball reflected in pool.

I’m also playing with cropping. A touch of incompleteness is often more appealing, at least to my eye.

Cropped close-up of pool ball and its reflection.

No man ever steps into the same river twice,
for it’s not the same river
and he’s not the same man.

I’m always a little suspicious of Ancient Greeks using contractions (and there are, indeed, variants of this quotation), but what the heck. So, too, is this blog ever-changing. Today, within an hour or so of posting this, I’ve added a new photo in response to a comment (for a pop of colour and an off-centre composition). It’s just so hard to keep up, isn’t it?


Close-up of ball and noodle and their reflections in the pool.

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6 Responses to Pool Ball, Kingston ON

  1. Like the top photo as it adds that third element — a colour pop. For me, it gives the ball context. The bottom one is too centered for me. The top ones makes me feel nostalgic for a pool I would never swim in….chlorine, it takes all the fake tan off my otherwise white-as-a-deep-forest-mushroom legs!

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Barbara – Yes, I see what you mean about centered. I should dig around and see if I have the original of the photo that got cropped square (to make #2) and then zoomed (to make #3) – and zoom it without centering it.

  2. Tom Watson says:

    I think you have to visualize these possibilities before you can do them to any great degree of success. My attempts at such never turn out that well – they remind me of the time, likely in grade 10, when our assignment was to find a lovely scene, paste it on a sheet of bristle-board, then apply a Shakespeare quote.
    I had the scene, but I wanted to draw a stone arched gateway in front so that you looked through the gateway to the scene. Taking a ruler and a square to draw a stone gateway isn’t the best method. Durned if they didn’t look like cement blocks.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – Yes, I don’t think I had much art training in school that helps me now, but maybe I wasn’t paying attention. And of course that’s no excuse for not having learned something about design/composition in the intervening decades!

  3. John Whitman says:

    Isabel – Do you suppose it’s the translation that uses the contractions? I don’t know about you but the original would be all Greek to me, contractions or no.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      John – Yes, I expect the contractions were an artifact of the translator. After all, at the time, Ancient Greeks may have thought they were the most modern thing ever, but I’m sure they spoke archaically!

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