i took a photo
of a single willow stem
and didn't like how the main subject looked
but there were all sorts of marvelous things going on behind it.
don't you agree
very often the way it is with photos?
It is something i used to notice in the darkroom
but had little facility patience for playing with.
Photoshop has changed all of that.
i do find that i must make decisions about minute
adjustments with levels
that is a bit like painting or drawing and trying to determine
when it is time to stop.
i feel as if these images reflect how i've viewed this world
for a huge part of this winter:
i see light
and lots of glorious colors
but it's all a-tangle and unresolved
there's even great beauty and range of hues
in the shadows.
The metaphor seems all to obvious:
i did not see any of these things in the viewfinder
while composing the shot.
The eye cannot.
Not until the light gets translated into pixels
via something defined (at least one way) via lenses
into circles of confusion
(i kid you not
that's what physicists call the "spots" formed by
cones of light rays passing through a lens.
sorry for this digression if you already knew this
but the metaphor is just buzzing and buzzing in my head
so i had to burp it out.)
'nuf of all this
i like these photos and have been refreshed
here in PhotoShop with what my eye did not know
it was asking the camera to capture.
Please forgive all those metaphor meanderings
but it helped to unload them here
and then end with color and light.
Thank you, camera, computer, and Photoshop
for these moments of play and delight
before thoughts rushed back in.
Thank you dear visitor for indulging me.
the little dancing man in 3 delights me:
Willow stems #4: