If the pole was tall enough the corkscrew will be to prevent vortex shedding, although that’s usually just an issue with hollow metal poles. It splits up the wind as it blows by to stop low pressure building on the other side and causing the pole to bend.
See…. I knew someone much smarter than I would know why! Awesome! Yes, this area gets very high winds, and the poles are fashioned in sets of two, positioned like the letter ‘V’ on a minimal anchor point. It makes sense now you wouldn’t want a lot of twisting due to winds, or vortex shedding. Thanks a million!
Indeed true. I found this out during my 365 project. I HAD to post a photo even if it was one I wasn’t proud of which really raised the bar for me each day to at least try to create a better shot than the day before.
I tried to give a 365 project a shot… failed miserably. I think I was setback by the monotonous nature of the area I live in (beige, tan, beige, and beige… Southern Nevada), inability to bring my camera where I work (many restricted military areas), and the hours in a day. I may give it a shot (pardon the pun) at a later point. But I can see how that project forces you to get better, or hate every shot you publish… lol Unfortunately, I fell into the latter category.
Your work on that 365 project was tremendous. Felt like part of the family and experienced the seasons changing in the PNW :)
A thought most photographers have already arrived at... I'm a bit slow! lol
Blah, blah, blah thought dumping here….
I realized something early this morning before climbing out of bed… I’d always read and heard about the way to good/great/profound photography is by taking photos as often as possible. I had always “poo-pooed” that notion.
I guess it was in the transition between sleep and the waking that the idea clicked in my head… photography, in a way, can be compared to something like golf.
Practice, practice, practice or you’ll get rusty.
I looked at my shots from last night’s outing and realized that I’m very rusty… I keep making the same mistakes. I need to go back, really look hard at my photos, analyze them for the reasons I didn’t care for them, and make mental notes for the next time I’m in that same situation.
Time to hit the putting green, driving range, and streets of Las Vegas and practice, practice, practice.
I am still very vain in respect to how people view my ability as a photographer, and only show the shots I feel represent my best… thus the limited number of shots. I guess I only like to show the par and birdie shots… :p
And to continue the worn out sports analogy, any color commentators out there are (have always been) invited to point out flaws they see in my work. I’d rather have people expose my faults than sing me my praises (although pats on the back do feel good). This will help me get better, or find another hobby, hahaha!
Thanks so much Janine! Ever see an object, person, or situation that reaches out, grabs you by the arm, and screams “Take my freakin’ picture!!!”… this was on of those situations… lol I was pretty happy with the way it turned out. :)
“Eventually I discovered for myself the utterly simple prescription for creativity: Be intensly yourself. Do not try to be outstanding; do not try to be a success; do not try to do pictures for others to look at - just please yourself.”—Ralph Steiner