Art, Color and Beauty are Everywhere
I recently attended a contemplative photography retreat at beautiful Hui Ho’olana on Moloka’i. The next several posts will be from the retreat.
Beauty was everywhere I looked. It presented itself along every path, around every corner. It seemed that it was just asking to be photographed.
Red, green and yellow
Spiked leaves shoot out like a star
Just asking to be noticed
Polihale State Park – Kaua’i, Hawai’i
It was a beautiful day! The paved road ended. We saw a rough dirt road, drove a slow 5 miles and had this beach pretty much to ourselves. It was so very peaceful and relaxing. I felt enlightened just to stand, see, and hear the waves crashing on the beach.
I took this image with black and white post processing in mind. I liked the blue sky and the tan beach sand. I liked the increased tonalities and mood that B&W gave me. Time to experiment …. I added split toning into the B&W image, then blended it back into the original photo. I like the result.
Sandhill Crane Landing Abstract
Last spring I took 3500 images of Sandhill Cranes near Othello, WA in a 3-day period. After the trip, I quickly went through and picked a couple of my favorites. Today, I decided to go back and pick out a few more of my best images. I found this one of a crane landing in a field. I used an equivalent of a 600mm lens, but still did not get a good close-up. This image was further enlarged by a factor of 4. As expected, the resultant image was not very sharp.
So what can you do with a fuzzy image??? Why not try an abstract processing method. I used Topaz Impression to get this result.
Lesson Learned: Don’t take so many darn images. It is a real pain to review 3500 images. (I am still not done.) I took a break to post this one.
For reference, below is my original image:
Chihuly Museum of Glass, Seattle, WA
It is a dreary winter day today. I needed a little brightness and whimsey. I looked to the brilliant display of Chihuly glass at the Seattle Museum of Glass. To add a little more energy, here is a 9-image vertical pan combined into a single image. Let your imagination flow!
Washington Arboretum, Seattle
I constantly look over my previous images to review how I have achieved a certain look so I can improve on it. Today I was reviewing my images for examples of pulling a viewer into the frame through the illusion of depth. Well, this image has nothing to do with that, but it still caught my eye.
The image is a double exposure of a couple of maples in their fall glory. They had strong dark branches with the leaves receiving side lighting. I was in a light playful mood, so I tried a double exposure. I like the way it came out.
Seattle Japanese Garden
Monet’s may have painted the entrance bridge of the garden from this perspective … maybe, maybe not.
Thank you Topaz Impression.
Boat Graveyard & Repair Facility – Charleston, Oregon
I spent a couple of hours exploring an old boat graveyard in Charleston, Oregon, I was fascinated with all the chipped paint on the old boats from a by-gone era. They had seen a much better time. I can just imagine the stories these old boats could tell. I picked an image at random and played with it in Topaz Impression. I applied a Van Gogh painting style as an overlay. Today I needed a break from reality
I needed a little change of pace and started reviewing some photographs from an earlier wildlife photography trip. In my review, I found this “fellow” just waiting to be processed and displayed.
Lesson Learned: It pays to go back and review old images from time to time.
Face Abstract – Valley of Fire, Yellowstone National Park
Photography has taught me to keep my eyes open and be ready to see the unusual. Walking along a path in Yellowstone’s Valley of Fire, I gazed down into a bubbling hot spring and saw this face looking up at me. I stopped worked the scene and captured an image. On my computer, I softened the image and added a little impressionistic touch. Can you see the face?
Photography, vision, and imagination go hand in hand.
I just got a new B&W conversion SW plug-in (Macphun Tonality). I picked out some photos of the beach near Bandon, Oregon to work on. I played around to explore some of the secondary features. After converting to B&W I added a “misty/dreamy” look. I then added a paper texture and a vignette. Sometimes I just need to play to get my creative juices flowing.