Changing the look of past pictures.

I promise.

You’ve seen the pictures that I layered to make this picture. Based on another bloggers positive comments I thought I would tinker with a couple of them. My intent is to show that while nature always seeks stasis — which is why we are doomed as a species — she is also very flexible.

Stasis is one thing. Static is another. Nature isn’t static. Think about trees for a minute. They change according to season. Leaves bloom, the flourish, they fade and finally die. The tree doesn’t die. The leaves do. We couple explore further, but I think you get the point.

The picture was made from two very different pictures of the same tree. Layering is fairly easy once you select the images. Blending and finishing is not so easy.

I was chatting with a neighbor about my working method. I cannot listen to anything when I am writing. That takes thought. I can listen to music when I’m processing and finishing pictures, just as I can when I experiment. I just react. I don’t really think.

Same thing when I’m photographing. I review everything that I know about the scene and what it takes to make a good picture. Then, I try to clear my head of anything. I just try to react.

That’s also why I rarely go on photo walks. The last time that I did, I worked so far from the group that whatever caught my attention was not apparent to them. Talking in my ear doesn’t help when I’m trying to take a picture, unless it is from somebody I’m to whom I’m very close. Even then, talking takes the form of suggestions and directions.

That’s me. I can’t speak for you. How do you like to work?