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A Realization


New Mexican balloon.

New Mexican balloon.

Well, I’ll be…

I wouldn’t have thought I would have gotten such a favorable response to this kind of tinkering around. It really hit me when an old friend of mine said this is where he hoped to go with his new-found love of photography.

Hmmmm…

I think I got to this place sort of out of self-defense. And, a desire to learn where I could really go with my work. This, to be sure, is not a new thing. I worked my way through some of my archives and these images go back a ways. A long ways. Not only did I take them a few years back, but I started experimenting with them around the same time. Maybe as long as 8 or 9 years ago. Different software to be sure. But, my vision was headed in this direction. These pictures are evidence.

I can remember clearly when I started doing this kind of post production work. I used to play a lot of computer games. I suppose there is some kind of problem solving and hand eye coordination to be learned from them. I thought back then that if I was going to spend so much time at the computer that I might as well learn something that I could really use. I stopped playing games and started to learn about Photoshop and what is well beyond.

I suppose that it’s like being a musician, which by the way, my friend with his new photographic passion, happens to be. You mess around and mess around until you find something the strikes you. You don’t have to rush through the process because it is uniquely yours. And, nobody else is expecting a finished production. It’s a kind of art for its own sake. Until you decide to show it.

The pictures. Two from New Mexico. One from Hong Kong. The balloon is from the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. Since I lived nearby I could return to the event repeatedly. Mostly, I looked for low light images. Sometimes, I’d just take a singular picture as the basis for some later work, not even knowing what that might be. In the stock photography world, that’s called a component.

The space flower is also New Mexican. I saw the backlighted flower and put the camera on the ground. It’s been around in various forms, but never like this one. Not that you’ve seen.

Hong Kong days was made from my roof. You know that I’m lazy and sometimes don’t like to roam far from home. I asked the building management for permission. They gave me the key to the roof door and said don’t fall off. They were used to my odd requests by this time. The post production work is sort of prescient. Hong Kong has degraded a lot since the time when I made this picture.

Hong Kong days.

Hong Kong days.

Space flower

Space flower

18 Comments

  1. Love it! Yes, I know the “mess around and mess around until you find something that strikes you” very well. It’s art and it’s a good way to stay away from the “you know what” that I try to avoid. Love these! 🙂

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  3. The Art of Spaces says

    Very nice work! I know all about the “playing around” part of photography and art in general, lol. I just posted a blog about it (kind of) today. I guess it’s the creative process in us that causes us to be unable to settle for long on any one process? It’s fun though and great when you find success in it. Congratulations and all the best in 2017.

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  4. I love playing with photos – post production is like painting or art to me and it allows me to infuse even more emotion and mood into the image. Great pictures Ray.

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    • Thank you. I think I’m probably influenced by films and videos. Most of what I do in post is either very cinematic or movie poster-like. Just look at Netflix. 😎

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