Saturday, December 15, 2018

RABID ROSE

"Rabid Rose" (10-24-15 017v3e) was just tortured from a very old version of an even older original pic of mine. What else can I say? It's of the center of a wide open rose that I've fussed with a great deal in Photoshop. Not so much the shapes, but trying to get the colors/contrasts "right." I did use the "blocks" filter a wee bit on it, but only to exaggerate the shapes already there. I kept trying to think of a title for the pic that includes the sort of "stag horns" I see coming out of the center. But I gave up when the word "rabid" hit me. Wonder what all that says about my mood? A lot, but I'll leave it at that. BTW, I'm also not all that content with this pic, but ain't gonna fuss any further, at least not today. :-)

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Friday, December 14, 2018

"Spinning Gold" (10-27-15 021v4c) was just morphed from a very old version of an even older original pic of mine. As I often say here, I also have many other versions of this crop of the original. If you'd like to see another one, here's the link to the poem and pic I posted to my dreams&poetry blog this morning. I had fun using a wee bit of Photoshop's "liquify" filter on the dreams&poetry blog version. Just enough to emphasize the sort of downward or melting look to it all. It was already rather "drippy." Which you can see in the pic above. However, in "Spinning Gold" I emphasized the scratchiness over the drippiness (no use of liquify, mostly use of color contrast and sharpening).

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

ALWAYS SEEKING THE LIGHT

"Always Seeking the Light" (1--27-15 012v4a) was just fussed out of a really old pic version of mine (of an even older photo I took). It's another of those that I both really like and have a problem with. No matter how I try cropping it, it loses something major. So I'm leaving it as is so that I can enjoy all those delicious light and shadow contrasts. However, I should add I'm not sure about the vague yellowish tone. It makes the "light" areas more interesting but also reduces the contrast a bit. Oh well, ain't gonna do nuthin' 'boudit now! Should also add that it looks better in a larger version, so just click on the image if you'd like to see more of the details.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

WHAT LIES IN WAITING

"What Lies In Waiting" (11-24-15 049v2b) is one of the other versions of yesterday's pic I mentioned. Not so happy with it now as I was yesterday (which was somewhat minimal as it was), but that happens frequently. A pic (or poem) of mine "cools" very readily. But there are things about this one that I still like: the vague mosaic effect, and that suggestion of something in the lower middle/right, waiting to surface. I think what bothers me now? The color combo, but I couldn't improve on it. At least not today. Probably more a reflection of my mood than something that can't be done. Maybe another day I'll go at it again. I do have another version in cool colors, with that dark about to surface shape outlined in white instead of black. However, that one just doesn't move me to post it. At least not yet.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

HUNGRY FOR THE LIGHT

"Hungry for the Light" (11-24-15 049v2a) was just now fudged from an old original pic of mine. And need I even say it? I have two other versions of it now as well, ones with which I went abstract. But I've always liked the original shot of the "long face" of this little succulent (that is what it is, isn't it? i.e, not a cactus) and so like this more realistic version more.

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Sunday, December 9, 2018

NEW GROWTH FOREST

"New Growth Forest" (11-27-15 007v6h) was just endlessly fudged with in Photoshop (so, what else in new?). I've been thinking a lot about what the mountainsides must look like up close -- I've seen them from a car window, at a distance -- as they begin to green up again after wildfires. And we've had so many terrible ones in CA recently. Although I didn't set out to morph a pic addressing that wondering, it began to show up and so I followed it down as I worked on the pic. I have (big surprise!) a few other morphs, as well. But those tend to the more cosmic and to the idea of things falling apart. This pic's title actually makes what is probably a healthy contrast/balance to the dream poem of mine I posted today (here's a link to that poem with it's accompanying pic of mine, if you're interested).

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Friday, December 7, 2018

HUNTER'S MOON

"Hunter's Moon" (10-26-17 001v2c) was just further tortured from an already heavily morphed old pic of mine. Nothing much else to say about it as now that it's been on my screen for a little bit, it's already exhibiting those sorts of little issues I tend to pic endlessly at. And I'm not going to do any more of that kind of picking now than I already have done to this poor pic! ... Well, so much for that ... I just "had" to go back into Photoshop and "fix" something else. Who's compulsive? Moi? Wonder if that falls under the Capricorn characteristic of being organized, or rather, trying to totally organize everything and feeling I've failed if I can't. And that's only partly a joke.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

TURNING A CORNER

So here's another realistic pic ("Turning A Corner" 11-17-17 022v2) after that long run of abstracts I've been torturing out of my photos recently. Actually, non-representational pix are my overall leaning, especially when I'm not taking all that many new pix. I must admit I like this scene and even the way it's framed. But something's still not quite here that I feel about it .. or maybe shouldn't be here? I have (can you guess?) two other versions already and will probably produce more, as is my usual wont. The two additional versions I have now are hewing to realism, but all bets are off for the future. Anyway, I haven't been over to this corner on one of my long walks in ages -- i.e., haven't been on any long walks, anywhere, in way too long. I do hope as sunlight starts returning by the end of this month, my mood and energy levels will also improve, as S.A.D. begins to fade. Then I'll have the get up and zip to push myself into a long walk and take some new pix! BTW, that tree on the left is one whose root system I so often photograph and then fudge endlessly with in Photoshop.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A SMILE THAT ALMOST MAKES THE DAY

"A Smile That Almost Makes The Day" (11-20-18 002v2) was just "finalized" today from a recent photo of mine. These roses grow this time of year in our Memorial Rose Garden and are rather spectacular, both in their colors and large size. I believe I was once told they are called "Marilyn Monroe" roses. I can see why, for sure. The actual colors are a bit more subtle, but I like the color saturation I did. Doesn't really change the colors, only their intensity.

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Sunday, December 2, 2018

REMAPPING THE COURSE

"Remapping the Course" (6-12-16 001v6x) was just tortured out of an old morph of a two and a half year old pic of mine. The folder was already filled with about two dozen old morphs of the same original pic. And just today I've added probably another half dozen. Great fun, as always, wondering what will happen when I try this function or that filter ... on top of everything else I've already applied ... :-)

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

DREAMING UP A LIFE

Wonder how long this streak will last? "Dreaming Up A Life" (10-3-11 11324v14p) is now the eighth morph I've posted in a row of the same old pic version. (See previous post for more details.) In a way, its title pretty much describes what I'm doing with any pic or poem I work on. But recently my dream world is about the only situation I find myself in where I'm not in physical and emotional pain. So the title is even a bit more to the point, if you will. I hasten to add, morphing pix and writing poems are much like the dream world: a relief. Laughter with a dear friend of mine, is also a help. Back to this pic: it started going wonky on me (getting all pixelated) and no surprise, given how much editing it's been through. (I haven't been going back to the original, but continuing on from a previous morphed version.) However, that "wonkiness" just became another interesting challenge to get around somehow. (Can you spell "blur," children?)

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Friday, November 30, 2018

ON THE DRAWING BOARD

OK, yep, I almost blush to admit that "On the Drawing Board" (10-3-11 11324v4) is now the seventh morph in a row of that same old original pic version I've posted (between this blog and my dreams&poetry blog). This morning I was fussing at several new versions I'd made, and rather unhappily. Just could not readily "fix" a little problem common to them all. And didn't have the time to open Photoshop -- I'd been doing some color and contrast adjustments in Microsoft Picture Manger -- and work on them in PS. Then I took a total, last ditch flyer in MSPicManager before logging off my computer and wound up here, "On the Drawing Board." What fun. Almost makes my omnipresent and more than usually intense arthritic pains take a flyer, too. (Thinks it's the wet weather that's aggravating the arthritis.) BTW, when I say today's is a seventh version, that's only counting it as one of those that I've chosen to post. The folder has (are you ready for it?) 57 morphs, all told. Most with little problems I think could be worth struggling to "fix." LOL...trying to "fix" little distracting issues is pretty much how I've wound up with 57 versions to begin with. An attempt will too often lead me in another direction entirely with the pic as a whole.

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Thursday, November 29, 2018

A TRIP ON THE RIVER STYX

"A Trip on the River Styx" (10-3-11 11324v2bb) was just morphed a day or two ago from a very old version of an even older original pic of mine. Between this blog and my dreams&poetry blog, I've now posted six different versions of this same crop of this old photo -- in the past three days, with no other pix posted in those days. Blush ... I'm accustomed to getting caught working in the same folder for a length of time. But I do think this is the first time I've actually posted different versions of the same pic six times in a row. The experience is a bit like going deep (this one pic) as opposed to going wide (different pix in different folders). Neither's better. Just different. Let me modify that statement a bit: for me, going deep tends to wander the wild and wooly imaginative realms. Whereas going wide, tends to stay closer to the representational.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

IT DAWNS ON US ALL

"It Dawns On Us All" (10-3-11 11324v22) was just morphed and re-morphed endlessly (which is probably obvious! :-D). I simply could not settle on a version but kept getting pulled to try something quite different with it (of course, first saving the version I was about to leave). In fact, I feel a bit rushed to get this one up before it, too, "goes cold" right before my eyes and I wander off to try something else (yet again). The upshot is, though, I have a folder jam packed with different morphs of this same pic. I suspect I'll find this a good resource once my mood improves. Right now I'm tempted to say "if" my mood gets better. Yeah, it's one of those days. So much so I was surprised to find myself following the lead of some of the pix I made today, into more cheery looking realms. I actually found it difficult to maintain, much less develop those with a fully dark aspect. Odd, as usually my mood gets reflected in what gets morphed.

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