Tuesday, November 21, 2017

WHAT'S THE POINT?

"What's the Point?" (11-17-17 013v2) was worked on a bit yesterday from a very recent photo. Just some cropping, color/contrast work, and a wee bit of painting over of dark distracting spots on that sidewalk. As I said about my last post pix -- taken among these same eucalyptus trees/roots -- I was happy to catch them on a hazy day. Usually I have to cope with spots of bright sunlight that bloom and distract. Given my lack of tech expertise, that usually forces me into more abstract sorts of pix when I start going at them on my computer screen. Nah, tell a lie, that's never a problem with these roots. Even as I'm snapping pix of them my imagination is taking me weird places with their shapes and shadows. With or without blooming patches of light on them. Though I will say it's fun to be able to leave some in the realm of realism. :-)

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Friday, November 17, 2017

SCRABBLING FOR PURCHASE; & GUARDIAN AT NIGHT'S GATE

"Scrabbling for Purchase," above (11-17-17 017v2), & "Guardian at Night's Gate," below (11-17-17 021v3a), were both taken yesterday and are in a folder full of pix I took then. Probably the most I've taken in one walk for a long time. 


Also took some pix of vine leaves covering a wall that are turning autumn colors, which I've yet to work on. As usual, I was drawn to these eucalyptus tree/roots and had great fun trying different angles. The day was cloudy so I didn't have to cope with/worry about bright white light messing up the shapes and shadows with "blooming" patches as I usually do. (Yeah, as I imagine I've said here before, there must be a way to compensate for that sort of thing. But, as I know I've said here, I'm no techie. I've read my camera manual, and read it again, and it doesn't stick. No patience for it. Just wanna take the pix, already! :-D)

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

OVER THE HILL

I realize the composition of "Over the Hill" (11-9-17 003v2) divides the pic right in half -- almost always a "no-no" in any photo or painting. However, it really doesn't disturb me, so I'm leaving it be. I like this shot as is. All I did was crop it ever so slightly to conform to the best dimensions for posting and/or printing, and fussed a little bit with color and texture. If the tree looks familiar it's with good reason; I've posted many pix of it here. And there will probably be more as the winter season is approaching and light and shadows are changing, not to mention the tree's leaves.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THE HOLE IN THE MIDDLE OF EVERYTHING

"The Hole in the Middle of Everything" (11-2-17 016v3) was just now morphed from one of those selfies I took in my Halloween costume. I think my continuing urge to fool with those Halloween pix has to do with wanting to bury all the wrinkles and sags my nigh onto 74 year old self is exhibiting, under fancy edits. LOL! However, that may be only partly a joke.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

CLIMBING THE WALLS

"Climbing the Walls" (11-2-17 006v2) is clearly from Halloween. One of my "relatives," if you will. My costume was Spider Old Woman, for which I won a prize and have posted some morphed pix of here. Almost wasn't able to get the temporary spider and web tattoos off my face, neck, and backs of my hands! Then I remembered that last year I'd wound up having to use nail polish remover on some rainbow tats I'd put on. Phew! And off the spideys came. Bit by sticky bit. BTW, the desk and office pictured here is our retirement community's front office. The people who staff this desk are angels. They handle often very busy phones, and all of us other cranky old folk, live and in person, with all our questions and package pick ups, etc. They also sort the mail and put it in our mailboxes, along with other miscellaneous paper work. So I imagine that spider running away, grateful it doesn't work there. LOL!

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Friday, November 10, 2017

THE CHANNELS EMERGE

I just fussed "The Channels Emerge" (11-2-17 035v2a) into shape today from a very recent pic. The day was slightly hazy but I'm not sure if that comes across. Or if the way I've worked at the color/contrasts just looks "off." I'd have left the colors/contrast alone but they were bleached out in the original. Be that as it may, I enjoy this pic as it's only in the past, oh, ten days or so that the Channel Islands have been visible again. They "disappear" for months during the year and emerge once more. I haven't quite got their "schedule" down yet, so the change is always a surprise. Of course, weather also effects how visible they are or aren't. There's a map at the fence of this overlook park that has the names of the various islands in this chain. But I don't have those memorized, either. From what folk have said when I get back from a walk and mention that the islands were out, the one seen here is the largest of the bunch.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

DIFFERENT PATHS

"Different Paths" (11-9-17 017v2) was the last pic I took after my walk today -- on my way back into the retirement community grounds where I live. (That building is across the street from our grounds. It's for scholars who are visiting the University of CA at Santa Barbara. UCSB is where I often walk to.) Nice change for me from morphing pix of myself as I've been doing the past few days. Wish I could get the rest of my focus off myself, too. But it seems that the old (or young, or any age) brain has the say. I'm reading a new book on meditation, ALTERED TRAITS. And just as I've read elsewhere previously, it's encouraging to hear again that our brains are rather more plastic than we think. The bad news? Again, something I've gathered before in reading, any lasting deep changes take a lot of consistent work. Good news? No age limit. Sigh. I'd rather just pop out of persistent depression by taking pix and writing poems and maneuvering my walker around Isla Vista and environs, and even sometimes by being with people (that's a recent development). But I'll finish the book and maybe get energized to meditate regularly. If I only reach the occasional temporary changes level, that would be an improvement. Ooops! This is supposed to be a photo blog, isn't it? And I like today's pic quite a lot. Realistic, good focus, interesting subject (at least to me). True, the colors were difficult to deal with and not ideal now but the best I could come up with. Again I wonder how much my advancing cataracts effect my color perception .... Also, this pic is probably best viewed in a larger version, so just click on the image if you're interested.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

SURPRISED BY THE LIGHT

"Surprised By the Light" (11-2-17 011v9a) was just morphed from another of those Halloween selfies I took. I always forget what fun it is to mess with pix of people. And usually only rediscover that when I've taken that rare selfie that I do (e.g. to show my New York City BFF my new earrings, or at Halloween for a record of my costume). Maybe I should take pix of other people, too. Only problem there is I don't know how many would like to see themselves morphed all out of recognition! LOL! And they would want to see the results.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

THE VIEW ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE

"The View Across the Great Divide" (11-2-17 016v2a) was just morphed from a Halloween selfie taken in my bathroom mirrors. Nothing much to say about it, except that I'm feeling that divide acutely these days. That gap between myself and others (especially the male of the species).

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Friday, November 3, 2017

WATCHING THE WORLD GO BY

"Watching the World Go By" (11-2-17 011v2c) was just now morphed from a selfie in a mirror, in my Halloween costume ("Spider Old Woman"), taken right before that night's party. Most of the pix I attempted are pretty awful (this is one of those occasions on which I regret my resistance to becoming more technically proficient with my camera). But I am still having great fun morphing them into moody scenes. Click here to see another of those moody morphs that I posted earlier today to my dreams&poetry blog. BTW, I'm not bald, nor did my costume appear to make me so. I wear my long hair pulled straight back and it's white. So it too often looks as if I'm bald in pix. Especially if there's direct overhead lighting. LOL! Not to mention what overhead lighting does to all my wrinkles! Yikes. I'm making a note to myself (seriously!) that next Halloween I need to include a wide brimmed hat in my costume somehow. (I've noted that produces somewhat better photos, blocking the bright glare of overhead lighting.) At least, my aging ego finds pix in which I'm wearing a wide brimmed hat a bit easier to accept. Hey, allow an old lady (I'll be 74 in January) what little's left of her vanity.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

PARKED

"Parked" (10-26-17 006v5) was just "finished" -- fudged out of a very new pic. Which, of course, I already have a few other versions of in its folder. I've also posted older pix of this same tree (in surreal colors and artsy textures) in the past, taken at a different angle, season, and time of day. This is another of those trees I always enjoy standing near and looking at in my walks across Anisqoyo Park. Certain trees give my heart such ease and comfort for the time I'm with them. (With respect to this one: maybe someday I'll take a late afternoon walk -- I always go by mid-day -- and see how its aspect is changed by the totally different angle of sunlight.)

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Friday, October 27, 2017

YOUR BRAIN ON IMAGINATION

"Your Brain on Imagination" (9-27-17 over-thinker...v2) was just fussed with a wee bit (color contrast increased) from an earlier version (LOL) of a very old pic version. In fact, I don't think I even have the original anymore. At least I can't find it. Which may, of course, simply mean the original's been so fudged with that I wouldn't recognize it if I tripped right over it. The title is new, however. It reflects my gratitude, actually, for our human imaginative capacity. It so often rescues me, as it did today. I went for the poem despite my thought that I shouldn't even bother, and the writing process wound up leading me to a better state of mind.

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

HAUNTED MOON

"Haunted Moon" (10-26-17 003v8) was just morphed from a brand new pic. What can I say? Between the suggestion of a full moon and the colors, well, I'm almost over the moon about it. But give me any time at all and I'll start picking at it, as is my wont. However, for now, I'm pleased with it.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

OTOÑO

"Otoño" was just fixed up from a very new pic: cropping, color/contrast work, some sharpening, and using the lasso function to deal with some small distracting areas (lightening and/or changing their color). This was taken in Anisqoyo Park in Isla Vista, only yards from one of my favorite spots to sit on my walker and write and/or read. I still have some minor issues with this photo. But they're of the sort I've come across before: to change them changes the overall impact of the pic ... which I like and really don't want to change. So there! It's another flawed gem (LOL).

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