Land Ahoy!

It’s official now. I am a cheater. Haha! Well… not exactly.

My son, who was eager to learn about photography, took a trip to South America several months ago. He has a friend who was living on a boat in Chile, and they ended up sailing around and visiting Argentina and Uruguay. I’m pretty sure his friend moved his floating residence to Argentina while they were there, but don’t quote me.

Anyway, my son has been sending me some of the photographs that he took (on an iPhone, no less) and they are amazing! They don’t need editing at all, but I wanted to continue on my journey with experimental images so I’m going to use some of them (with his permission of course).

It feels a bit like cheating since I didn’t actually take the photos myself – but the fun here is in the editing, not the shooting (although I would love to have been there!).

I couldn’t do much to this particular image because it was so beautiful as-is, but I added an oil paint effect in Photoshop to smooth out the lines and make it a little less detailed. It looks like a sailors dream (in my own opinion).

Well… that’s about all for now. Nothing new to talk about, but I’ll be back soon with some more images of the open sea.

Until then… Peace & Love!

Thought is the wind, knowledge the sail, and mankind the vessel.

Augustus Hare

The Outlier

I wanted to write a poem for this one because I felt a connection to the little outlier who stood apart from his flock… but then it occurred to me that the image was descriptive enough.

My brain fog (which is getting better), and my inability to write an entertaining story at the moment, has me feeling a bit like this quiet little gull – like I want to be a part of the action… but I can’t quite figure out how. And just when my thoughts get on a roll and I’m feeling ideas start to stir, the curtain drops.

So, for now, images will have to do.

I got a little carried away with this photo. I wanted lots of vibrancy and motion and I couldn’t figure out how to get it in Photoshop, so I finished off the effects in BeCasso. It feels like cheating when I use apps like that because they really do all of the work. There’s no learning involved when you use them, and I’m trying to avoid that as much as possible for these experimental images.

But… I’m still happy with how it turned out and I could not have gotten the same look on my own. Not yet anyway. Anyway, that’s about all for now.

Thanks for viewing… I hope you enjoyed!

Floating on Air

I’m having fun with the titles for my experimental images because they’re coinciding with my life – to a certain degree. I’m not floating on air as in crazy in love, or over the moon happy about anything in particular, but I’m learning to live one day at a time. That – in itself – is a lot like floating. Maybe I’ve always lived one day at a time, it’s just that I never saw it as an acceptable behavior.

I saw it more as flying by the seat of my pants – and I always felt that it was something I needed to correct. Like I had to have goals, and I needed a plan. Not that goals and plans are bad… mind you… it’s just that when you can’t come up with any good ones, or the one’s that you do have in mind seem impossible to grasp, you’re left feeling like you’re failing somehow… and you’re not even sure what it is you’re failing at. Living, maybe? Anyway, that’s in the past!

I promised myself that once the semester was over I’d relax and just Be. And so far it’s a bit like floating on air. And I’m having fun with the random images as well, because it’s pretty much anything goes. No agenda. I’m sure I’ll slowly drift back into the ‘making plans’ zone again, it’s probably inevitable, but for now it’s everything Zen (as Bush would say).

Anyway, I did some more motion blur fun with an iPhone image that I’d taken a while back. I’ll probably be playing with that idea for for the entire month because it’s so relaxing… and you never know what you’ll end up with.

That’s about all for now. I hope you enjoyed and I’ll see you again soon.

Until then… Peace & Love!