Monday, February 20, 2017

HOW THE LIGHTNING SEES IT

"How the Lightning Sees It" (5-27-15 045v2c) was morphed yesterday from a going on two year old pic. Can you guess? I've already got several versions of this crop. And several of other crops of the same original photo. It's like eating potato chips or M&Ms, I just can't have one! As to this version, I like it's messiness and bright colors, and the shapes/lines. So I suppose I should admit I actually do feel good about it. Of course (you knew there had to be an "of course," smile) there is something in it I've tried adjusting. But wound up leaving it as is, as changing it in anyway upset the pic's entire balance. Odd, isn't it, that something as visually messy as this does have its balance (at least to my eyes).

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

TARGET

"Target" (2-13-17 031v2) is a very new pic. That's a hawk on top of the pole. I knew when I snapped a bunch of pix it was highly unlikely I'd get a clear shot of it, given my little camera. But I've been surprised before (sometimes cropping in close works, but here, of course, it only made for a wonky pic). And it was fun just to watch the display and snap if anything got interesting. As when crows kept returning to dive bomb the hawk, which is why the title. None of the crow harassment pix came out worth anything. At least this one has some interesting compositional lines and shadows. Though I could really wish the focus were better. (Well, dummy, she says to herself, "Self, get on the stick already, and read the manual on your new camera so you can set it up! Maybe its focus will tend to be better.")

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

WHEN LEOPARD'S CHANGE THEIR SPOTS

"When Leopard's Change Their Spots" (1-30-17 015v2h) was just morphed now from a rather new pic. Had a devil of a time deciding on which to post of the many versions I made this morning from the original. Each would quickly appeal to me and then as quickly become way too problematic for me to feel like posting. As for this one, I do like it most, but feel it's rather too much like others in this vein I've made in the past. (I.e, in style: relying heavily on the glowing edges filter for its effect.) But, hey, what's wrong with the familiar? Not a thing, ultimately. So, here 'tis, with the wish, though, that leopard's could occasionally thoroughly morph their spots. (BTW, I wish that as much for my own nature as anyone else's, maybe even more so.)

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Friday, February 17, 2017

HOVERING

"Hovering" (2-13-17 022v2) was fussed into shape a couple days ago from a brand new pic. Sadly, I won't get to see this view (fogged in or not) for a while, as we're due to have five days in a row of rain. So, no long walks to the beach overlook where I took this pic and spend several days a week writing, snapping pix, and sometimes just wool gathering or playing my walking stick flute or chatting with a friend. But mostly, I'll miss the long walk there and back. That walk's become as central to most of my days as working every day on pix and posting them here, and writing and posting a poem on my dreams&poetry blog. Ah well, I'll find some way to amuse my little child inside whose already pouting at the thought of not being able to go out and play today. When I was much younger, I used to love to walk in the rain. I'd just put on my rain slicker and off I'd go. But it's not something I can handle now with a walker (with my walking stick on board, as well). And forget squishy shoes! BTW, this is one of those pix that looks better in a larger version, so if you're interested, just click on the pic. (Those are the Channel Islands just barely peeking through the fog on the horizon.)

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

SUNSET, CHRYSLER BUILDING MANHATTAN, N.Y.C.

"Sunset, Chrysler Building, Manhattan, N.Y.C." (2-13-17 021v2c) was just morphed yesterday from a brand new pic, and picked at a wee bit this morning. I did not set out to morph a pic of Manhattan, or even buildings or skyline. But I have been thinking a lot more than usual about my life long home town of New York City so it's not surprising that I'd see Manhattan's Chrysler building (tall central shape) in this abstract. There's very little I miss about New York City other than it's fabulous, multi-leveled poetry community. But it does house all of my memories, except for those of these last 9 years in CA, so it comes up regularly in my thoughts. Although I resided only very few of my 60+ years there in NYC, in the borough of Manhattan, it was pretty much where I spent most of my time. That island was (and still is, of course) the "go to" place for work and entertainment. Manhattan's Chrysler building is only a block from where I worked during my last several years in NYC, which is right across from the famous Grand Central Station. And there were many other times during my 46 working years that I had employment near the Chrysler building, though don't recall ever having employment in it. I always thought it was exceptionally visually pleasing:

Of the many pix I just viewed online, the above pic comes closest to how I was used to seeing the Chrysler building every weekday morning, as I left Grand Central Station, headed to what turned out to be the last job I had in New York.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

AFTER THE STORMS

"After the Storms" (2-13-17 006v2a) was taken right after days of storms. (It continued to clear, though it took until later that day to get there; this was taken late morning.) I've posted other pix of this view but so far this is the best, IMHO. Those dark trees on the left are always a problem. But to cut them out changes how that (would it be called a) headland fits into the rest of the pic. It also loses an important (to me) visual referent for the sort of open embrace of the dry land. (Hope that made sense.) The tide is also rarely so low at late-morning. And, of course, the sun often interferes with any sort of shot in this general direction (in any direction toward the sea). But being a foggy day it simply gave the clouds a nice fuzzy lightness. Then again, now that I've been staring at this pic to write about it here, I'm having doubts about it. Well, suffice it to say, I still very much like the feeling it gives off. Despite anything else I may now be questioning.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

MOSAICO DEL MAR

"Mosaico del Mar" (2-13-17 009v3a) was just morphed from a brand new pic. I'd recommend clicking on the above image as there's a lot of detail. Had a good time fooling with various effects. Kinda, sorta like this vaguely mosaic-cum-pointillist look. I have another version that's also somewhat in the impressionistic vein. (My favorite period of painting is the impressionists. Although I do not ever start out attempting to mimic those famous artists' styles, they clearly eventually influence my choices at times.) Then, to see the unfudged with view of this pic, click here for this morning's post on my dreams&poetry blog. And last, but most certainly not least, ♥♥ HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY ♥♥.

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Sunday, February 12, 2017

PARADISE WAY

"Paradise Way" (2-6-17 005v7) is a very new pic just fussed into presentable shape today. I often walk to the beach overlook past this long stretch of birds of paradise plants. The time of day I take the walk is not optimal for snapping pix (angle and intensity of sun), so I was surprised this one came out as well as it did. Not only that, but I barely had to crop it (mostly just to fit the pre-set dimensions that the online printer I use requires, should I want prints), intensified the colors only a wee bit, and painted out some tiny background distractions. It's a bit busy compositionally, but I like that in this pic for some reason. Maybe because that's the feeling I get as I roll by these plants with my walker: things are abuzz and proudly seeking careful attention without admitting to it (smile).

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

APPROACHING HOME

"Approaching Home" (5-24-15 051v2) was just fussed into at least presentable shape today from an old pic. It's in that same folder I've been messing around in for days now. Can't seem to get my fill of the various pix it houses. I'm beginning to think something particular was going on in my life at the time (a little over a year and a half ago) that I took all those pix, that's resonating with and/or disturbing my present life. And that's why I'm stuck there. Actually, just typing that shook loose what's got me hooked in this folder (beyond the pix) and it is memories from that time. But enough of my inner nonsense, I haven't walked this direction along El Colegio probably since that time. So next time I go walking I'll make a left out our front gate and visit this view and others. And snap a whole new batch of pix. Maybe, can't ever predict when I'll get the itch to snap. Of course, if I have finally got my new camera set up and read its manual, I'll probably be anxious to try it out! Yeah, I've had my new camera for some time now. But the manual print is so tiny the thought of wrestling to read it puts me off. Forgot to mention, the driveway entrance to the retirement community I live in is not even a block past that "Westwinds..." sign on the right in this photo.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

BRAIDED DREAMS

"Braided Dreams" (5-24-15 05v6t) was just now endlessly further morphed from an older version, utilizing that filter I mentioned yesterday ("glass") that I'm having great fun experimenting with. Though "great fun" might be more than a bit of an overstatement today, given my pre-full moon crazies and the storm that's coming (yes, I'm grateful for the rain, just not for how it effects my mood). All that aside, I kinda, sorta like this pic. I'm least sure, though, about it's "scratchiness" though I do realize it's something I don't often retain in a pic. (Click on the pic to see more clearly what I'm referencing.) So maybe I should stick with it and see how it settles in for me over time. After all, it does resemble a pastel or colored pencil sketch. Even if it does make me itch to soften those line edges.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

THROUGH THE LENS OF SELF

"Through the Lens of Self" (5-24-15 072v2d) was just morphed yesterday out of an earlier morph of an even earlier version of an old pic. There may be more pix coming up with that squarish effect in it as I've recently discovered adjustments that radically effect the way the glass filter acts. I knew that some adjustment options were there but had no idea how wild they could get as I'd never particularly cared for the initial effect of "glass" so hadn't fooled around with them. Those adjustments also produced the curvy lines in this pic. So I'm having great fun experimenting with the effects of this filter.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

GOLDEN AGE

Yes, I do find this dying fiddle head fern branch beautiful. That's why it's name, "Golden Age" (5-24-15 006v2). Just as I find old people beautiful, and not as the cliche would have it: in their own way, as if it's not true beauty. But simply, flat out, beautiful.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

FLY AWAY HOME

"Fly Away Home" (5-24-15 056v6p) was just now "finished" after working on it and several other versions today and yesterday. It's from an old pic I just can't leave alone (so, what else is new?). It keeps egging me on to try other things on its shapes and textures and color combos. Each version generating another, and so on, like nesting dolls. It hasn't but briefly gone wonky on me even. Guess I just kept countering any really troublesome wonkiness with the various filters and functions I was applying. Wish the wonks in my life (who shall remain nameless, smile) were as readily coped with.

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Monday, February 6, 2017

ON THE TRAIL OF CUBISM

"On the Trail of Cubism" (2-6-17 005v6) is a brand new pic that I obviously just morphed the behoositz out of. Had great fun doing so, but am not sure I like the result as that much now that it's "cooled" a bit. But when is it ever any different? Especially now, under a waxing gibbous moon -- the phase that makes me crazier than I already am. Yeah, I do wish the trail today was toward something squarish. As much as I love our round beauty in the sky, this phase does make me too weird.

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