Letting My Imagination Take Over

Maybe it’s because I wish I could paint, but cannot.  I am disaster with a paint brush…unless you’re looking for really, really abstract artwork.  Or maybe it’s because sometimes I find my original image just plain boring.  However, it may also be because I could not do most of this before software like Photo Shop and Corel Photo came along.  There is only so much manipulation you can achieve in a conventional, old fashioned darkroom.

Whatever the reason, sometimes – but not all the time – I start out with this:

And end up with this:

The story-teller in me likes to take things a step further.  I am always curious to see what might unfold – I like the idea of creating new, bigger things from what already exists.  If you can take your simple rose, and turn it into a gorgeous watercolour – why not?  If every picture tells a story, why not expand it into an epic tale?

I posted a few photographs like the one above a while back.  I used to shy away from too much digital manipulation, but I am playing around with these techniques more and more.  Honestly, it is fun to just let your mind wander and your imagination take over.  You never know where you’ll end up, what the end result may be or what you’ll learn along the way.

Here are the links to my other two posts featuring “re-imaged” images of mine:

The Alternative

Bulrushes

Here’s one that I got really funky with:

Flipping Colour

Flipping Colour

Ah, yes – what lovely, snowy, late April weather we’re having my corner of the world.

Can you hear the sarcasm in my words?

By “snowy”, I mean big clumpy white flakes falling relentlessly from the sky.  It’s everywhere: sticking to the tree branches, concealing my forsythia, my hyacinth and even the tulips.  My world is positively drenched in a sea of winter.  Again.

A month ago, I was sitting by the pond, getting a suntan.  Today, I am digging out mittens and parkas.  Seriously.

C’est la vie – or so the story goes.

So – what could be more fitting, on this backwards day, than some pics that pay tribute reversal?

Forsythia Reversed
Grape Hyacinth Blown Out
Tulip Shoots Reversed
Hyacinth Reversal

…Just some images of I have been working on over the past few weeks.  I guess you could say I am in a playful mood.

Some of them are weird, I realise this.  Today, weird is suiting me just fine.

When it’s almost the end of April, and I am looking a 5 inches of accumulated snow on the ground, if I can’t find something fun to do, I will go mad.

(if you click on each image, you should be able to see it in a much larger format.)

The Static Erratic Boulder

I took a hike through the woods the other day to see a rock…

 The locals call it a Pet Rock. This is a pretty big pet.  I am not even going to attempt to explain how or why this 2,000,000-odd pound rock came to this resting place, a forest on the banks of the Trent River.  Glacial Erratic is the term used to describe rock that is “different from the size and type of rock that is native to the area it rests in” (thanks for helping me find the words, Wikipedia).  Experts believe the boulder’s journey originated from the Precambrian Shield…quite a ways north of where it eventually ended up.

It is massive.  Bewildering.  Ominous.  I found it impossible to fathom the amount of energy and power needed to guide this chunk of rock along.

What I loved about photographing The Bleasdell Boulder was that every inch of its surface has the ability to tell a story.  Moss, lichens, nooks, fossils, creases and folds….a patchwork of textures and colours in the works for 20,000 years.  Amazing.

*This post is mostly in response to an article on Glacial Erratics in the March 2012 edition of National Geographic.  While the article was thorough and educational about these rocks found throughout the US, I felt the need to say to NatGeo:  “Hey – you missed some!”  including a pretty impressive boulder in Prince Edward County, Ontario affectionately known as The Bleasdell Boulder.  I did my best to fact check here…so if I am off on my data or stats – please let me know!  I am no expert on the topic of Glacial Erratics, just intrigued!!

**I captured these images with both my trusty Canon EOS  and my handy iPhone using the Tilt Shift app.  My son deserves full photo-cred for his shot titled “Trees, Rock”.