Between me and the neighbor's barn where a small forsythia grows is a Russian olive that is just beginning to leaf out. A soft rain falls for most of the day. The telephoto feature + high iso = a chunky image that prompted me to mess about with pixels
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.
It is 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 and yes 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 larger views (click if you like) reveal so much more Willow stems #6:
due to some technical difficulty i cannot control, the images originally posted were, as Marly points out, "vertiginous." To the point of giving me a headache when i looked at them this morning. Strange, that i did not have that experience last night while making them.
i save one...just so you can see what we are talking about.
My apologies...look at larger version if you wish to feel as though you are on a wild carnival ride while in a still image.
Yes, i tweaked contrast on this but the image was created in camera, not in Photoshop
this next one is a replacement
much less motion thank goodness. Both are still the same maple tree featured in yesterday's experiments
i guess this all brings up the question: "what are you trying to do with these experiments?"
answer: see things differently...find new ways of interpreting beloved imagery into new, but still pleasing patterns.
not to worry 'tis the photo not your eyes unless, that is you have the same attack of the sniffles that have landed in my head and are looking out a window like mine where the world appears to be melting.
i pulled a photo from the archives to mess with until it could communicate foggy brain foggy eyes foggy woods
i don't know what happens to film sometimes. i think it must be the processing that perhaps with all the focus on digital the labs aren't as careful as they used to be. i don't know. i tried sooo long to color correct the original image into a traditional photograph because i really liked this little house but i finally gave up and dove into PS filters, yet again i think it works in a "Neverland" kinda way. but hey if wishes were fishes i'd swim right away!