Playful.

My third attempt.

I think I finally found the right path. A way to stack pictures. A way to show the energy of nature. The rebirth of spring. One of the best things that I know. It’s real. It’s powerful.

I’d like to add that we can’t harm it. But, we know better. We can. We do. We’d better change our ways.

We also can observe. Look. Document. Show others. Motivate others. Teach others. Remember that every moment is precious. A gift. To use wisely. Or, not at all.

Whatever we do. Do it well. Try to make our actions meaningful. Live in the moment they say. Fair enough. That thinking is thousands of years old. Know that. Acknowledge that. We didn’t think of it. Old masters did. Understand that. We are the last in a very long chain. Honor that. That’s hard. The best way that I know is to keep going.

The picture. It’s two pictures. One layered on top of another. I thought it told the story of the season. It did take a lot of work in post production. As I said, it’s my third attempt. I think I finally got it. It looks right. It feels right.

For those of you who want to know.

I did my normal post production on the first picture. I made sure not to let the color and contrast go crazy. When that felt about right, I dropped another version of the picture on top of that. I kept it slightly off-center, giving the finished work a little movement. I cropped, adjusted and finished the picture by softening and darkening the edges. A perfectly edge to edge sharp picture didn’t feel right. Softening the edges accidentally created depth.

Spring. Nature’s way of going forward.

 

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22 Replies to “Imagination”

      1. Thank you. Very kind. My camera might have a better time than me. 🙂 Seriously, going to a place that seems so far out of the way, where do you stay, eat, stuff like that?

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      2. It is rather bleak, Ray. Actually that particular corner is VERY bleak, and the wind often howls! That said, Namibia is a beautiful country: vast, arid, sparsely populated, sometimes bleak, sometimes saturated with primary colours, but it always speaks to one’s soul. Love it. And clearly you would too.

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      3. I’ve seen some work from there… the orange desert and blackened trees. It seems like every passing photographer stops there. I think I’d better figure out who to approach about going there.

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      4. I’m sure there are. I try to stay away from the places that have “tripod hole” from all the passing photographers. I’ll have to do some research — best times of year, best seasons of light, cost, all of those things — but, it sounds fun. Let me ask you, what do you think are the minimum and maximum amounts of time thatI could work there and accomplish anything?

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      5. Mmmm, that is a tricky questions, as it is such a vast country. It all depends on all the places you would like to visit, as Etosha in the far north, is very different for instance from the Fish River Canyon in the far south. That said, I would think three or four weeks should be a realistic time frame for a trip that is not too rushed. A lot of tourists rent 4×4 vehicles with tents on top, as camping is a wonderful option in Namibia.

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      6. That’s good information. It’s about what I think too…. three or four weeks. For me, it isn’t always making the picture. It’s also about waiting for the picture and the right light. That might make me a little different than most tourists.

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      7. Most definitely, Ray. Another reason I think you would enjoy Namibia, as it is one of those countries where there really is no rush, and where one can comfortably linger in the landscape to wait for the right light. And the 4×4 camping option would be the perfect option for just that. I was unfortunately tied to a tight timeline and accommodation bookings as I was travelling with my dad and stepmom, but would have much preferred to have had more time to linger in places.

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      8. This is starting to sound better and better. Tell me about the cost of things, please. Guest houses and hotels seem reasonably priced, but food, fuel stuff like that. And, seasons? I imagine it’s hot most of the time. Dry or humid? Yeah, I could Google of this, but I’d rather talk to you — you’ve been there — to ask these questions.

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