I’m very excited to introduce my first in-depth attempt at a photo manipulation art piece! I used another photo of mine as a texture and added the lovely birds from Obsidian Dawn (http://www.obsidiandawn.com) to add additional focal interest.
Many thanks to my friend Laura for encouraging me to head into this arena and for her valuable assistance!
It is always an interesting experience seeing something up close that you have driven by dozens of times but never really saw. An ideal example for this is the pond in Fort Dodge, Kansas, near the Kansas Soldiers’ Home. While on our Backroads Photo Adventure Day, Laura directed me to this pond (which is surprisingly only about 5 miles from my house), and I immediately fell in love. I literally had no idea of its existence, even though I drive on that highway every time I go to Wichita.
After our rather exhausting day, it was nice to put our feet up, relax, look through photos from the day and just talk. The colors, as you can tell, were gorgeous – the blues of the pond nicely reflected the oranges from the outcrops of benches and the greens from the surrounding foliage.
I can see this being a place I frequent when the weather turns warmer (it’s supposed to get down to 10 degrees for a low later this week!), armed with my Moleskine and Pitt Pens and ready to create. I love discovering (or, in this case, being shown) new places, especially ones right in my backyard!
Put Your Feet Up
Sit A Moment & Catch Your Breath • “Sometimes you get a glimpse of a semicolon coming, a few lines farther on, and it is like climbing a steep path through woods and seeing a wooden bench just at a bend in the road ahead, a place where you can expect to sit for a moment, catching your breath.” – Lewis Thomas
Whenever you see something like this, you have to wonder, “What is the story behind this?” As co-editor of the newspaper at my high school, our first issue of the year explored the theme, “Everyone’s Got A Story.” I encouraged (read: cajoled) the staff to find people whose stories were either ordinary or extraordinary and write a story sharing that person’s story and experience with our readers. The results were fun and enlightening to see, and with that reflection in the back of my mind, it made me ask that question about anyone I saw – in person or even driving by – as well as things I saw in everyday life. I find I’ve had a much richer imagination by making up stories about people I’ve never met! One day, I’ll write a book full of those characters and places.
I had such a fun day with my friend, Laura, when she came out to Kansas and we spent part of a day roaming around the backroads of Southwest Kansas taking photos and laughing (like, all the time). This photo was taken on the first (of many) dirt roads we traveled on that day. Laura told me to stand there and pose for a picture, and I decided to snap one myself, too!
When I get lazy with a bird or butterfly picture, I use the title “Perched” because it always works!
OK, that out of the way, this is one of the first photos I’ve taken with my new camera, the Nikon D5100. I did a little cropping and sharpening to really bring out the details on the butterfly.
So far, I am impressed with the Live View shooting mode, as it is much faster than the D3100 (what I had before). This isn’t necessarily WHY I upgraded my camera, but I was intrigued by the flip-out monitor… I like to take a lot of shots “looking up” and “from the bottom,” so I hope this feature works when I need it to! I look forward to seeing what I can do with this new camera!