I've had "At the Crossroads" (2-27-17 010v2) ready for posting for some time now (the original was taken a month ago). But I have trouble with how dark the shadows are (couldn't do anything with them in Photoshop without messing with other stuff, too). ...

AT THE CROSSROADS and more


AT THE CROSSROADS

I've had "At the Crossroads" (2-27-17 010v2) ready for posting for some time now (the original was taken a month ago). But I have trouble with how dark the shadows are (couldn't do anything with them in Photoshop without messing with other stuff, too). Yet, that is how they look "live" on bright days. Of course, how something looks "live" can have a different effect in a two-dimensional pic. I.e., I think it's the two dimensions of the pic that make the shadows jump out more. However, I like it otherwise. Even the even split at the center (that's a bicycle shop) and the two balanced palms and lamp poles. Sometimes the off-center, "rule of three" just doesn't apply in my book (smile). Of course, that I mention it exposes my worry that others might find the even split and balanced palms and poles a poor compositional choice. Whereas it pleases my (non-professional, but somewhat artistic) eye. I also should really take it back to the full size, uncropped original and re-do it because it's lost a wee bit of focus with all I did to it along the way. Now that I know what to do, I might be able to avoid that wee loss of sharpness without over sharpening (which is how it looks to me now). However, that's an effort for another day when I have the time. BTW, this is a favorite place I often sit in my walker and watch all the activity. (On the corner, outside left of the frame.)

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PRAISE TO THE STORM

"Praise to the Storm" (3-28-17 004v3) was just snapped today, after drafting a poem/prayer about/to this tree. It's actually another gorgeous sunny day out there. I came to this version as I fooled around with the source pic in Photoshop. Not much really done to it other than the usual cropping, use of diffuse and sharpen, and applying the black and white filter that best suited the mood that was emerging.

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"...and where's the jacaranda?"

I haven't the vaguest idea if this pic can work for anyone else but me given my sometimes odd sense of humor. But when I saw this scene ("...and where's the jacaranda?" [3-25-17 005v2]) I laughed out loud. The jacaranda that's the source of both shadows and pruned twigs is starting to "green up." By May it should be blossoming, yay!

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INTO THE WILD BLUE YONDER

"Into the Wild Blue Yonder" (3-25-17 009v6a) is another of those taken yesterday of the willows I so enjoy. That sort of slanted effect is from the wide angle lens of the camera I'm using. (I still haven't taken the time [blush] to get my new, non-wide angle lens one set up. Won't bore you by repeating my excuse for procrastination ... smile.) However, here I think that wide angle effect actually adds to the photo's impact. It sort of imitates the feeling I got when I looked up and "whoosh" those branches just went on forever into the sky.

NOTE: In most browsers you can click on a photo to view a larger version. There are many more photos posted here than show at any given time on scrolling down. See the Archives listing in the right hand column (below “Previous Posts”). And here’s the link if you wish to read an Introduction, Background, & Technical Aspects post about this blog.

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BELLY DANCER

"Belly Dancer" (3-25-17 010v2) was just taken yesterday and worked on right now. Not much done. Just some cropping and color work (to bring out contrasts, i.e., no changing of colors), and a wee bit of diffusing and sharpening. I love this willow. It's one of two I frequently sit under on my walker to rest on my way to and/or from the beach overlook. I've tried to get decent realistic pix of both of them many times without much success. So when I came up this time with (at least) three that are more or less cool in their "natural state" I was quite happy. I'm also looking forward to thoroughly fudging them into less or maybe completely non-representational versions. All those lines and curves and shadows to play around with, oh my!

NOTE: In most browsers you can click on a photo to view a larger version. There are many more photos posted here than show at any given time on scrolling down. See the Archives listing in the right hand column (below “Previous Posts”). And here’s the link if you wish to read an Introduction, Background, & Technical Aspects post about this blog.

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‘til next take, may you enjoy life in the ever changing light,





[aka: Patricia Kelly] **** Patricia’s dreams & poetry blog; and if you wish to copy or use any of my writing or photos, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”) ****

    

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