December 28th, 2012 permalink
The Mallard drake (right) curled up at my feet while I was feeding the millpond ducks. It gave me a chance to get a symmetrical view of him from above that highlights his perfect shape and the pattern of his feathers. Through lots of steps that changed the colors and textures within it, I transformed that photograph into the desktop pattern you see above that I’ve titled, WaterWings. You’re welcome to download it and use it in any way you wish. It’s a large file (608k) and measures 1920 x 1200 pixels.
I make it a point to create images like this to keep my point of view fresh and explore new visual possibilties. I think of them as “experiments” rather than finished works of art. This one, for example, is an interesting combination of unusual and not totally harmonious colors that suggests birds and water, but the composition itself is less satisfying. I like the level of detail, but all of the lines lead to a center of focus beyond the edge in the upper left; not a good thing. It’s done and time to move on to the next challenge when I photograph something that lends itself to other visual possibilities.
January 21st, 2010 Comments Off permalink
Digital cameras are great. You can take boatloads of shots and delete all but the few keepers. It’s also fun to resuscitate crappy ones like this.
Artists need to play, to refill the reservoir, to explore and blaze trails. This terrible blurry shot (right) reminded me of paintings by Francis Bacon and illustrations by Marshall Arisman. So I altered it in Photoshop and played. It’s not something I want on my wall, but Arisman says that’s okay:
“I don’t know why anybody buys my paintings. I really don’t. I wouldn’t want to live with these goddamn things…. I like them in my studio because I don’t have to live with it every day. They’re not in my living room. I can avoid them. That’s why I like books, because there are some days I want to look at Hieronymus Bosch, and other days I want to look at Diane Arbus photographs, but not every day.” – Marshall Arisman, 2005 interview at Tastes Like Chicken
This dog is no demon in real life. His name is Rex. He’s gentle, affectionate and loves to swim in the millpond and nip at the bubbles he creates. He dives in, swims until he’s tired, gets out, shakes off the water, and then dives in again.