An experimental scene.

I always say that Storyteller is a place for experiments.

This is a big one. Yes. Sure. You know this place. You know the subject matter. My go to place when the sky does something interesting.  That’s why I selected the original base image.

I used a new app. One that was recommended to me by a guy that does most of his image processing on a smart phone. Since this app is only available to iOS users, I assume that he’s using an iPhone, as I do.

It’s called Stackable. I’m still learning how to use it. It has a lot of interesting editing tools. One is the cropping templates. They allow the user to make really extreme crops, like this one. Or, long panoramas.

Another is the control over adding texture. It’s very fine tuned and allows you to make gentle edits. It’s more than just filtration.

Finally, there is the export function. You can send this picture to just about anywhere directly from the app’s software, including Snapseed, which is how I finished this picture.

Happy Solar Eclipse Day.

When I walked the dogs, the day was bright and sunny. Now, there is fairly heavy cloud cover. We have about a 50% chance of not being able to see the eclipse. You know how that goes. Especially in New Orleans, where it can rain on one city block and be dry on the next.

As I said, my intent is to photograph everything around the actual event. The social interaction. Landmarks. The odd day into night light. My lenses don’t have the reach to reach into the sky and pluck down the moon and sun.

Besides, as a friend of mine said, “I’m going to stay off social media until Wednesday because I don’t want to see 10,000 pictures of a black dot surrounded by a little glowing light.” My picture of the eclipse would just had to that. 10,001.

Heh, heh, heh!

Don’t mistake my approach for a lack of enthusiasm. I think nature, and especially these special events, is just amazing. But, for me, I try to think of others ways to approach the documentation of them. The lack of the proper tools — long, long lenses and that heavy — minus 64 stops of light filter — is the spark of creativity.


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