24 November 2014
II. Editing and Processing with Romantic
Let me know which you prefer and why.
“Ode to Nature”
Floating… A sense of weightlessness, Being nowhere and everywhere.
Moral danger Or flight of the fancier… Open the eye upward and below light’s allegiance.
Pull the air through the day’s reflection, And bathe upon the surface endlessly. Then grab the layers of soft motion.
Take tiny steps over and over and over, Until discovery becomes the kiss of reality.
The privilege of Mother Nature’s graceful presence, Overarching with gifts that never cease. Hail to my muse.
This week’s challenge involves editing and processing, which can be joyful and frustrating. Usually, the clear choice is not to reduce the integrity of the original. But our current app-ladened world provides a chemical-free darkroom on my iPhone 6. I can take magical trips in the comfort of a cozy chair, and reinvent an image. I can experiment and notice possibilities that either fortify reality or challenge it.
The original photograph in the Lens section was taken in radiant light that swept across the creek–the creek that is a constant part of my daily walks. The bridge seemed a foil for the swath of reflections as were glorious trees that hover over the water.
I used the app Romantic to play with the original and give it slightly different touches. Each one alters the photograph with a softer patina. While I return often to my original shot, I find the Romantic app worthy of experimentation.
Tip of the Week:
Nature photographer Kent Shiraishi lives in Biei, Hokkaido, Japan. His work is an ethereal adventure that glides over my sensibilities. He says,
“I’m a Hokkaido’s Samurai Photographer. I would like to make “Hokkaido” into a more famous tourist resort in the world.” His work is a strong statement about his photographic aesthetics and the world that he inhabits. His depictions of nature are executed with deep compassion and tribute, and most often with stark, simple and triumphant compositions. Click here and here to see his work.
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As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.
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.