Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Editing and Processing (Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2)

31 March 2014

Lens:

1. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Photo Studio, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

1. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Photo Studio, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Glaze, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Glaze, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Glaze, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Glaze, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Photo Studio, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Photo Studio, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Original, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2, iPhone 4s, Original, March 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

 

Pens:

“Creation begins typically with a vague, even a confused excitement, some sort of yearning, hunch, or other proverbial intimation, of approaching or potential resolution. Stephen Spender’s expression is exact: “a dim cloud of an idea which I feel must be condensed into a shower of words.” ~~ The Creative Process, edited by Brewster Ghiselin (1955).

The creative process is a wide and broad continuum of self-expression. Image making, for example, is accomplished with various levels of convergence (happenstance, planning, spontaneity, or…).

Immersion does not necessarily equal success. Anything is possible. Results may disappoint, satisfy, or stun. Or be unforgettable.

Even when that creative space is stilled through photography, the dialogue between the photographer and the subject is so personal that the result is uncertain. The image may be close or far apart from intention, which can be a benefit or not.

The dance of light can provoke, the sleight of hand of an animal’s leap can inspire, a person’s lean against a weathered wall can attract, a dimly lit window can provoke casts of characters. The simplest and the complex can ease or force the mind toward a photo opportunity.

The creative process builds on the dimension of time and place. It’s a swath of stories that are boundless with experimentation. Cinematic vistas, quiet sunrises, the birth of a flower, the flight of a hummingbird, the pause of a smile, the gesture of a friend, violence against humanity, the buzz of inventions, or…They can evoke a meditative pause or a ripple effect or inaction.

The creative process offers us a lifeline to be and see more than we ever imagined. But the journey is an ever-changing path of personal evolution. As a phenomenon studied over and over, it continues to incite discussion about its internal and external origins.

This energizing need to encourage my imagination is a continuum that provides a path to seek and find, find and seek. That’s what is miraculous and unwavering about this constant push in my life. It’s never done. It’s never complete. It’s omnipresent.

In the Lens section are my entries for this week’s editing and processing challenge. The single leaf adds to my series on leaf street graffiti (see my other post with Series #1 here).

Series #1 displays shadowy images of two leaves on the street. Negative spaces are occupied where leaves had been. Series #2 shows a leaf (maple, maybe) at rest where  it’s decaying and withering, viable nonetheless.

I’ve processed the original (image #5) with the apps Glaze (images #2 and #3) and Photo Studio (images #1 and #4). The digital darkroom is a safe place to experiment. No chemicals to mix or breathe. Just a chance to re-conceive these images.

The most difficult part is selecting the effect that renders the original into a work that fulfills the image maker’s intentions. Sometimes the original stays true to the initial intention, and an app will reduce its authenticity. Other processing techniques will bring a new force to the image.

In this case image #3 seems to bring an ethereal quality that reminds me of Japanese paintings on rice paper. The app Glaze gave the photograph another dimension, which instantly became my favorite.

Tip of the Week: More than three decades ago I was introduced to a tiny but powerful book that continues to be a source of inspiration: The Creative Process, which was edited by Brewster Ghiselin and has remained a classic for anyone who is interested in the birth or spark or drive or need or compulsion to create an original concept. I’ve read and reread my copy so many times that it’s barely there. As a paperback, it’s done its duty over and over again. As a compendium filled with ideas by literary artists, performing artists, visual artists, mathematicians, scientists, and educators, it was an early reference for creativity and the human impetus behind it. If you’ve never read it, I recommend that you dive into this richly-filled anthology. If you’re familiar with it, I urge you to revisit its offerings.

"The Creative Process," edited by Brewster Ghiselin, 1952

“The Creative Process,” edited by Brewster Ghiselin, 1952

View other entries in this week’s challenge:

http://ellisgoesonholiday.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-weekly-challenge-street-photography/

http://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-processing/

http://pictograf.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://irisgreenwald.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-theme-architecture-editing-and-processing/

http://completelydisappear.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/the-distinct-color/

http://nwframeofmind.com/2014/03/31/iphoneography-monday-3-31-14/

http://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/pheneography-non-slr-photo-devices-photo-challenge-photo-editing/

http://watchingthephotoreels.com/2014/03/31/editing-and-processing-objects/

http://firebonnet.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-kaleioscopic-cattle-dog/

http://artifactsandfictions.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/photo-editing-processes-and-creativity/

http://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/phoneography-one-photo-many-images/

http://19planets.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/familiar-sounds-013-march-2014-haiga-and-haibun-for-the-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://helpalongthepath.com/2014/03/31/gluten-free-sliced-sausage-jalapeno-pizza-from-dominos-phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge/

http://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://allkindsaeverything.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/phoneography-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing/

http://wisnuwidiarta.wordpress.com/2014/04/04/phoneography-and-non-slr-digital-devices-photo-challenge-editing-and-processing-foodography/

http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/imagining-the-void/

Note: As always I welcome any comment about this post or any part of my blog.

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If you’d like to join the fun, please click here for details. If you have any questions about the Photo Challenge, please contact me.

Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Photo Challenges:

1st Monday: Nature

2nd Monday: Macro

3rd Monday: Black and White

4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel). (Animals and Objects are themes.)

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week

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75 Responses to Phoneography and Non-SLR Digital Devices Photo Challenge: Editing and Processing (Leaf Street Graffiti, Series #2)

  1. You always inspire me with your unique, fresh, exciting creations. Arts comes to life from even the most simple of things that we might have missed. Everyday, we see a leaf. We stare at them but until we let our imagination take flight does it becomes more than just a leaf. Beautiful!

  2. Su Leslie says:

    These are great images Sally. I love this particular challenge – photo editing is new to me and still exciting. Here’s my contribution: http://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/imagining-the-void/

    • I agree. It’s new to me too. There is much to experiment and learn. Mostly, I find that there are certain apps that I’m drawn to their digital techniques. At some point it would be fun to survey and discover everyone’s favorites. See you soon. Thanks so much.

      • Su Leslie says:

        That would be really useful; I discover apps quite randomly and am always on the lookout for something new. :-)

      • Yes, I’ve made a note of it, and will give everyone ample time to experiment with different ones. Probably, do it over the summer or autumn. Thanks.

  3. jakesprinter says:

    I love those images what Iphone 4s can do …..Beautiful :)

  4. restlessjo says:

    Hi Sally :) I have some considerable catching up to do! I don’t have apps and use a very boring old Nokia phone so am coming late to the art form that is photo editing. I do find myself fascinated by it but I have what I consider to be a ‘wordy’ brain and not much patience with the experimentation process. I do enjoy looking, however. Maybe some day I’ll be led down this path. Amy graciously led me to your post today and I’m grateful :)

  5. Great images, Sally, and it’s fun to see how you process one image so differently. My favourite is the first one, just really like its graphical quality. And, yes, the creative process is something that brings excitement into our lives, isn’t it. By the way I have read (and have) The Creative Process, edited by Brewster Ghiselin, and I can only agree with you. One to recommend.

  6. Amy says:

    This is such a inspiring post, Sally. I like the first one due to the texture, I also like the rest for different reasons. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. I like the quoted Stephen Spender expression: “a dim cloud of an idea which I feel must be condensed into a shower of words.” The word expression reminds me that Spender wrote a poem called “The Express.” That in turn reminds me of the many times I rode express trains in New York City’s subway system. After I moved to Austin in 1976 I once wrote to Spender, who even answered me.

    Happy memories and happy spring.

  8. maryslow says:

    Love the first photo in this series, by the way! I’m a contrast freak.

  9. cindy knoke says:

    Interesting and informative post!

  10. wisejourney says:

    o the first one…so strong and rich and oozing life

  11. While I agree with you and really like the 3rd image (I love using glaze as well) there’s something about the second image that just draws me to it and makes it my favorite. I love how the leaf really pops against the background.

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  13. aloha Sally. i too was attracted to image #3. strongly. i suspect it has to do with my visual arts sensibility. i liked the line quality that was produced around edges which gave me the feeling of drawing. the interiors then had the feel of paint (for me). all the images work and are good (imo). i have a desire to return to my paint and drawing areas. so i suspect this image nipped strongly at that for me. way cool.

    i also noted your referencing to something that i consider very basic to my personal definition of art. that is “Searching”:

    “. . . . a path to seek and find, find and seek. That’s what is miraculous and unwavering about this constant push in my life.”

    part of my personal definition of art—and life, is this:

    Life = Searching = Art = Searching = Life

    i like it when others find a sense of this to be integral to their own process of creating. fun. aloha.

    • Rick, the creative process is so hard to capture in words, yet others describe their artistic journey with strokes of its tangible and intangible place in their lives. It’s this constant journey of discovery that never stops breathing and pushing. Yes, it’s nice that we see this process in similar terms. Thanks for your thoughtful response. See you soon.

  14. Tina Schell says:

    Beautifully done Sally. Your eye is beautifully refined!

  15. I’m facinateted by the line work of #4. Thanks for turning us on to new photo apps. The painting one is fun I hope I can get the hang of soon.

  16. These are wonderful Sally-I really like the top image the best-it has a real mixed-media feel about it-the textures really pop here-though I was also drawn to #3 for its soft and dreamy effect-I agree-your images never disappoint!

  17. Suzanne says:

    Another great challenge Sally and some really thought provoking and stimulating words by you. What you wrote immediately took me below the surface and caused me to dig a little deeper into my own creative processes. My favourite image of yours is the first one.

  18. Gracie says:

    Love these, Sally, especially that last image. It looks so real. Reminds me of a leaf pressed onto a book.

  19. Great edits all but I’m partial to #2 and #3. Like your “Pens” section on creativity. I found that my library did not have Ghiselin’s book but I found it online as a free PDF download! Go figure. So, I now have another book to read! LOL! Great job. My posting will be late this week (if I can get to it) — I’ve got to bite the bullet and get some work done around here (and taxes are coming due)! :)

  20. Trifocal says:

    Like NW and Sustainabilitea I favoured 1 and 5, finally settling on 5. Although the colour range is less than in 1 I find it more subtle. And the contrast with the background in 5 seems very effective to me; fragility and irregular blocks of colour of the leaf set against the repeated pattern and a sort of concrete robustness of the background material. By the way what is that background exactly?

  21. I love these, Sally! The first is my favorite because of how it’s texture is amplified by the app you used to edit. Each image has a completely different feel even though they are all the same subject. Great work as always! Happy Monday to you! :)

  22. FireBonnet says:

    Your pens section today is a wonderful read about the mysterious subject of creativity. I don’t tend to think about my process when it is working… only when I get stuck! But now I know where to come when I get stuck. I like the two you processed in Glaze. The leaf almost looks like a country on a map! and this is a great phrase: “The digital darkroom is a safe place to experiment. No chemicals to mix or breathe. Just a chance to re-conceive these images.”

  23. Your leaf is a great subject to show the variety of processing techniques Sally and I find I agree with Janet, #1 and #5 are my favorites. I think I’ll have to take a look at Photo Studio!

  24. I love your photos, the third one is my favourite. :D

  25. Angeline M says:

    Happy phoneography Monday, Sally. I especially love your photo #3 for its abstract painterly look, but they are all intriguing edits/processings. I cannot wait to order the Creative Process, thanks so much for this tip; I’ve been reading so much about creativity lately and can’t get enough of this topic.

  26. DG MARYOGA says:

    Sally ! Amazed at the magical treatments and the outcome ! That’s a real metamorphosis,my friend,that’s Art ! Bravo !!!
    Doda

  27. Love your challenge, It challenges me to be creative.

  28. Luanne says:

    These are beautiful. Thank you for the book suggestion, too!

  29. Oh, this is truly beautiful, a leaf, all of them.

  30. elisa ruland says:

    Hi Sally, I’m amazed with how you come up with different and interesting subjects for your challenge every Monday, and today is not exception. I enjoyed your leaf series, very much. Also, I’m going to check out the book you recommended, “The Creative Process.” Keep creating, Sally!

  31. Dawn says:

    This was a fun week for me – you gave me permission to play in a way I don’t usually. I dig number 3 – very much like an ink and watercolor.

  32. Good morning, Sally. Every Monday I wait to see what you’ll post and I’ve not yet been disappointed, in either photos or inspiring, informative text. But enough with the compliments! :-) My favorites today are the first and last. (Amazing! No waffling around today. I had clear choices.) I went in a completely different direction, but since last week during one of my walks I took some similar photos of leaves, I think I’ll be playing around a bit with the editing process on them this week.

    Have a photo-filled week,

    janet

    • Janet, I feel this joy and warmth every time that I read your comments. You bring me tender moments for my day’s journey. Please have fun with the processing of the leaves. Thanks so much.

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