29 September 2014
I. PhotoStudio FX
II. Distressed FX
Let me know which you prefer and why.
The Complexity and Simplicity of the Walk
The nature of walking, Has meditation as its storyline.
Atoms bombard, Float in ecstasy. Transforming as two appendages, Carrying us silently, in solitude and a place unto ourselves.
Private, reclusive, Restorative, revitalizing in cadence and rhythm.
Then recombines ideas, thoughts, and dreams and hopes. Flow rivets performance, And salutes the simple act of the walk.
I am a diehard devotee to the act of walking. It’s a daily ritual, which does not mean I succumb to its feats of nourishment at the same time every day. Rarely, do I ever miss its calling, its charms, its healing powers: day or night.
Humans have not always had the luxury and time to meander, or become lost in a field of clover or mountainous pass. The history of walking is a curious record of human activity and personal feats. What seems a natural act has been diverted by our own intervention: concrete cities, sprawling suburbs and shopping malls. The fields of plenty have become less and less. The meadow lands are altered.
Open space is a scarce commodity. So I’m particularly blessed to live in a state that honors land conservation and preservation.
Recently, I traveled a short distance to visit a part of the White Clay Creek, a body of water that runs through my small town. When I arrived, I become tranquilized by the warmth of the day and the notion of walking for hours–observing, photographing and thinking.
Each season has a specific palette that represents the characteristics of that time of year. As I walked I began to notice more and more signposts of autumn, and it brought an exhilarating tone to my ambling.
I stopped at a waterfall that spread itself across the horizon. Behind it the creek was lengthening and widening, giving it a glaze of expanse that pleased. I changed my direction and headed to the woods, where I discovered a small building that caught my attention for more than a glance. It’s hues and shape seemed to be a strange stage setting for the melodies of autumn. But it was a good image to serve as a foil for this week’s challenge. And the discovery demonstrated the power of the walk, it’s small and medium and mammoth gifts.
“Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake.” ~Wallace Stevens
Tip of the Week: One of the apps that I used in this post is a new one for me: Distressed FX. I was drawn to it for its varied textures. It’s ease of use make it fun to explore the combinations of features. You can choose a soft patina or a more intense one. The results can be lyrical or gentle or even exaggerated. The app also can give additional emphasis to color gradations. And, of course, the distressed look is its signature. You can find it in the Apple Store for 99 cents, and it’s well worth it. Click here. Have fun.
View other entries for this week’s challenge: Editing and Processing
If you’d like to join the Photo Challenge, please click here for details. If you have any questions, 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).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.