Thursday, June 21, 2018

THE FLINTSTONE'S LIVING ROOM

First, let me give proper credit for the nickname for these stone benches -- The Flintstone's Living Room (6-17-18 054) -- my friend Inger gave them this name, not me. I often sit to one side of them on my walker and watch the variety of Isla Vista life ride and walk by, and/or take pix and/or write. BTW, this photo is in that batch of pix I took for a friend, that I mentioned in my post of yesterday. As I said in that post, I didn't fuss much before taking it and it was a hazy day (which I've not worked too hard to change the effect of). And for all that, many of the pix came out better than those I've tried to take in the past with lots of forethought and in better light. Methinks (as I've said here before) it's too much thinking that actually gets in the way of my producing pix with which I'm happier. :-)

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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

CATCH & RELEASE

"Catch & Release" (5-13-18 032) is one of 57 (!) new pix I took about a week ago. I've been saying here how maybe taking new pix is what I needed to do to get out of this kinda, sorta photography slump. As much fun as it is working on one or more of the thousands of old pix I have, there's nothing like new ones to spur me on. What it took to get me to snap new ones, though, was a comment by a friend. She said she couldn't really imagine what I see on my long walks other than sidewalks and maybe some flat green lawns. Well, I took that as a challenge (:-D) and when I next went walking wound up taking 57 pix. Among them, this one. It's of one of my favorite trees to sit under and rest and/or write. Unusual for my pix, I only had to crop it a wee bit. But I did do a lot of fussing with the color/contrast. Also unusual, I didn't take much time or care to "making art" with any of the 57 pix (e.g., fussing and moving around to frame the pic just right, or not taking some I could tell would be too burned out by even the hazy sunlight). And surprisingly, some of the pix turned out better than most I really "work" at before snapping. I'll probably post more here from this batch in the future.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

THE TIDE'S LEAVINGS

I have a feeling "The Tide's Leavings" (3-2-15 005v15g) is going to be one of those I'll regret posting or at the very least wonder why I bothered to. But I've been working on various pix for some time this morning, in between doing other work, and this one is about the best of it (sadly). In a way, it is the leavings (sic: dregs) of the 13,000 photo ocean I have on my hard drive ... who's in a rotten mood? Moi? BTW, this pic is a little more interesting if you can see the details (the many, many fussy bits and pieces), so just click on the image if you'd like to.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

AT THE EDGE OF CREATION

"At the Edge of Creation" (6-28-09 2988v5b) was just further morphed out of a very old version of one of my oldest pix. Love this color combo and the blurring with only the littlest bits of sharpening. Those wee emerging shapes put me in mind of various illos I've seen of creator gods in various American/Alaskan native traditions. If it wouldn't have made for a novella length title I'd have named it something to do with those deities/powers at their work at the start of it all ... :-D BTW, my apologies for yesterday's post. The more I look at it, the less I like it. As I've said on occasion here after a post, "What was I thinking?" Probably that was exactly the problem: too much thinking going on.

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Monday, June 11, 2018

THE PUZZLE ORGANIZES ITSELF

"The Puzzle Organizes Itself" (7-9-09 3579v4a) is probably one that only its mother can love. And I wouldn't even say that I do "love" it. Only that there are things about it that appeal to me. I'll leave it at that, as it's obviously been heavily Photoshopped (and Microsoft Picture Managed, as well :-D). BTW, as I mentioned here recently, taking new pix might help lift me out of this mild funk when it comes to my pic work. But although I did think to dig out my camera on a long walk yesterday, I changed my mind. I've still got 13,000 pix on this computer to go through for deleting or archiving (on my external drive). And that's a slow, slow process, given I inevitably see something else I'd like to try with an old pic which then prompts production of one or more new versions of it. Further slowing down that initial project of getting down the number of pix on my computer. Ack! Complain, complain. Maybe just leave it all be for a while ... let the puzzle pull itself together for a bit, ey?

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Friday, June 8, 2018

SHADOWS OF A MEMORY

"Shadows of a Memory" is about a year and a half old. I don't think it's any great shakes (too many little problems to even bother listing here). So I'm only posting it for it's inspirational value to me. I haven't been able to make the longer walk to this beach overlook park (Pescadero Park) in probably six months. But I've not given up on getting there regularly again. In fact, just the day before yesterday on a walk into Isla Vista (not as far as this park, but a good walk in itself) I came back via a slightly longer route and realized I'm probably ready to make the walk to this overlook. My intent, therefore, is to head for this park tomorrow. And this pic sort of seals that deal, if you will. :-)

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

CELEBRATING SOLSTICE

"Celebrating Solstice" (1-30-17 015v5b) was just morphed from an early version of a year and a half old pic of mine. It's one of those pix that, as I edited it, kept popping up on my screen and briefly making me happy, but quickly revealing problems or things I just didn't like about it. As it stands now, I really like the color combo and (maybe) the way those aqua/yellow shapes "move." I think I need to start taking pix again (as opposed to working on old ones) if I'm going to feel inspired and satisfied. That's not to say I'm not presently enjoying the editing process. I most certainly have been. It's just that the results recently aren't often worth much more than a hefty "meh."

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Monday, June 4, 2018

DANCE FOR THE WIND

"Dance for the Wind" (6-1-10 10009v2) was just re-worked from an old version of a very old pic of mine. Please forgive my self-indulgence in posting another canna leaves photo. Even more than usual (especially given the dreams I had last night) I welcome how they lift my spirits. As to what I did to this newer version? Lots of diffusion (that's what brings out the curving and curling) and heavy color saturation. I also fixed some distracting imbalance of color that came in once I did the saturating. (Had to take down the brightness of some pink/fuchsia that showed up, and so on.) And I used the delightful lasso function to get rid of some small distracting spots. What a blessing that function has turned out to be. I've even found ways to use the lasso in working on abstract pix, changing swaths of color and texture in the size and shape I introduce using the lasso.

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Saturday, June 2, 2018

THREE SISTERS

These particular roses have been blooming and I haven't taken the time to dig out my camera and try some shots. (Excuses, excuses ... wrong time of day, my knee hurts, I'm in a rush to meet someone, etc., etc.) "Three Sisters" (12-24-13 005v2) was just cleaned up a bit today from an old version of an almost five year old pic of mine. I stumbled across it looking for a particular photo of mine for a birthday greeting for a friend. The way I keep records of my pix works well almost all the time. But once in a while I have to go on a frustrating, extended hunt to find some old pic. But that always turns out to be a positive thing in the long run, as I come across lots of old pix I'd forgotten about, or not looked at in years.

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Friday, June 1, 2018

MITOCHONDRIAL IMPERATIVES

"Mitochondrial Imperatives" (9-29-09 7174v7a) was just morphed out of a very old morph of an ancient original pic of mine. One of those for which I have many different versions. Yet I couldn't leave them all well enough alone and simply chose one to post. Had to run with what they were doing to my imagination this morning and torture another version out of one of them. The results of which torture you see above.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

I CANNA UNDERSTAND IT

Yeah, hope it's not boring but here's another morphing of a canna pic, but an old pic, one of my oldest. Ah well, what diff that, given it's abstract. Though some canna leave stripes can still be seen in this version I just finished torturing out of a pic of a single orange canna bloom among leaves. I "canna" understand my fascination with cannas. But there you have it, I am.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

THE SEASON FOR BLUES

"The Season for Blues" (7-29-09 4616) is a very old pic, just recently re-cropped and color adjusted a wee bit. Love these blossoms -- that are out this time of year, BTW. Especially in this color. They're also spectacular in white. But my favorite, I have to admit, is a gorgeous purple ... but purple's the one I've seen the least of and have never managed to photograph as it's always been from the window of a moving car. Yeah, there's ways to take those sorts of pix, but this wannabe photog has never learned how. So I enjoy the pix I get on foot, of these blossoms in white and sometimes in this delightful blue.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

SOMEHOW, IT ALL HANGS TOGETHER

"Somehow, It All Hangs Together" (5-13-18 034v2f) is a new morph of a new pic of mine. It reminds me of a big, completed jigsaw puzzle. BTW, the original is of that stand of canna leaves and flowers/buds, that I keep going on about here recently. Of course, I've obviously let my imagination take me far from those leaves. Though, in a way, not really. These colors and puzzle shapes are there "live," if only suggested.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

THE WIND BEFORE THE RAIN

Not all that jazzed about "The Wind Before the Rain" (5-13-18 010v3d) but I have neither the energy nor the patience to try working on some other pic. And I've taken this one about a far as it can go at this point. So here 'tis. At least I enjoy it because it's of those canna leaves I so like looking at, that grow right by the pool in our retirement community. And I'm afraid to say I identify these days with being tossed about by the early edge of storm winds.

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