Little flowers, little glow.

In the time between.

The time between spring and summer. For many people, especially in The United States, Memorial Day is the start of summer. It’s sort of a land mark between the two seasons. Many of you follow the calendar seasons which means Summer really doesn’t start until June 20th, or the 21st depending on how you count the days.


I call these few weeks, the time between.

There are still spring blooms but you feel the heat and humidity of summer, especially if you live in the south. And, there is rain. Lots of rain.

That’s what this picture is about. The transitions of nature.

The picture.


Something I’ve never showed you. External layering. This one picture is really two pictures. I know how to do the technique very well. I usually don’t. My work normally doesn’t lend itself to what used to be called a double exposure. My work is fairly simple. Even when I tinker with it.


I think the two blended images have to make sense when you start trying to pair them. The shouldn’t be two disparate images. The should work together. Often the light gives you away. Light coming from two or three different places never looks real. This time, for me, these two pictures worked very well together. Because of some other post processing tricks, I gave this picture the Disney, “Tinkerbell Effect.” It looks like the flower is taking off into the rest of the picture. You know, “when you wish upon a star…”


Here’s the real deal. Both pictures were made when I was walking the dog. They were made on my smart phone. All post production, including layering, was done using Snapseed which is also an app on my phone. Yes. I eventually downloaded it from one of my data clouds to my main machine in order to finish it with type and so on.

I only did that to change the typography. But, everything could have been done in my phone.

By the way, the phone makes funny native files. The original picture file was something like 46 x 36 inches at 72ppi. If you uprezed it to 300 ppi which is the normal dslr file size, the file would ended up being something like 18 megs. That’s as big as many native camera files. Don’t be fooled by this comment. There are many cameras that produce huge native files. For instance, one of my cameras makes a 72 meg file. But, for many projects 18 – 24 megs is plenty. Especially for online work, which is where so much of the photo market has moved or is moving.

I still would rather use a “real” camera for most things. That’s just me. But… wow! Look at the potential. No wonder the point and shoot camera market is failing. It is time for a smart phone upgrade. My current phone is an iPhone 6. I like to upgrade every two versions. That keeps my phone updated and my battery fresh without replacing. This next iPhone is going to be expensive. It’s a whole new design. It is the tenth anniversary edition. It will have a great camera in it. Better than what I use now.

But, just buying the basic phone will cost about $1,000. That’s way too much. By the time I get done, with more storage and stuff, my phone will cost about $1,200 or more. Nobody is really sure yet. Again, that’s way too much.

Or, is it?

You get a communications device. Telephone, texting, internet connection. Depending on your phone provider, you get a hotspot. You get a powerful computer. More powerful than many of our earliest computers. You get a camera that is far better than most point and shoots and even some dslrs. Add up the cost of all those tools if you bought them individually and see what it would cost you. If you aren’t happy with the 28mm lens view that the camera function of your phone gives you, buy little tiny attachment lenses that are very inexpensive.

Think about that. Especially if you travel.


13 Replies to “Summerish”

      1. I have the greatest respect for the wonderful art of photography. Most people have no idea what goes into great photographs. Love what you do with yours!


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