This week, show the same thing — an object, place, or person — presented in several different ways.
Earlier this month I was fortunate enough to escape my normal, daily routine, and take a road trip to Orlando, Florida. The place, Bonnet Creek, was absolutely breathtaking! Right outside my door was this lake filled with amazing water dwellers…alligators, water fowl, and Koi fish, to name a few. A half mile trail skirted the lake, upon which I was able to get in my daily 4 mile run/walk. These beautiful Koi beckoned as I passed by, and I couldn’t help but stop to enjoy their many colors. A couple of female Mallards paddled by to check out the excitement. I look at these photos, and I feel peace.
So, I took a little creative license with this photo. I captured it last week, while visiting my daughter in Massachusetts. In the original, the house was almost hidden by a dense thicket of branches. I felt, the main focus, was obviously the bird house, so I did a little cropping, and was able to pull the image in quite nicely. Next, I softened the edges, by using a vignette filter, with Adobe Photoshop…thus my creative license. I was pleasantly pleased, with the outcome, so much so, I intend to use this as the subject of a forth-coming, watercolor painting.
I took this photograph, while living in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire. I was outside, one late, Autumn day, raking the oak and maple leaves that densely covered our yard, when I noticed, Danica, had found her comfort, nestled within the pile I had made.
This photograph was also taken on an Autumn day, but this time, in the Shenandoah Valley. Every year, our church, gleans the orchards of local, kind-hearted farmers. The densely packed apples, were distributed to shelters, that help feed the poor and homeless within our community. I absolutely love our church! RISE is all inclusive and seeks, in every way possible, to mend God’s creation. If you’re ever in the area (Harrisonburg Virginia), please visit us! You will be warmly welcomed. http://www.riseharrisonburg.com
Continuing with an apple theme, this photograph was taken while I was in the midst of making a pie. “My counter lay dense, in beautiful hues of red.” (hmmm…that last line could be the beginnings of a beautiful poem…)
Landscapes: Below are my entries into Cee’s Landscape Challenge
New York City Skyline from Ellis Island
The above photo was taken from Ellis Island. I loved the way the lamp posts diminish into the background creating a sense of depth.
I took this photo when my son and I visited New York City. Josh is the one with a raincoat on, looking back and upward, in front of the lady with the umbrella. I tried to use the rule of framing, as Josh is framed by tall buildings on either side. For some reason this photo reminds of the opening scene of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, when she’s in the “big-city” and she spins around and tosses her hat in the air. Josh kind of has that same amazed look.
I tried to concentrate on the horizon line and the rule of thirds in the photo of a sunset at Myrtle Beach. I hoped to place the couple in a place within the photograph so they would draw your eye to them first and then traverse “counter-clockwise” up and over the distant pier and then into the clouds above.
I took this photo at Rye Beach New Hampshire when cheering a friend who was running in a marathon. My friend had already passed and I was walking back to my truck when this scene inspired me to capture it. I love the way the autumn leaves are scattered on the roads pavement and how the lines of the road and direction of the stone wall carries you through this photo. I also love the pumpkin sitting on the stone wall. This is one of my favorite pictures for a few reasons: 1. It’s a misty rainy day. 2. It’s during my favorite time of the year-Autumn. 3. I LOVE New England.
Watercolor painting #2 has finally progressed, albeit slow, from the sketch stage to adding a little color. I think I may have a lot of fun with this one too! She’s quit rough and ragged around the edges but she’s my baby and she’ll come along with a little tender loving care.