Good Tradition


I saw this in a dream.

Does this ever happen to you? You see something in a dream and then, there it is in real life. That’s how I came to make this photograph.

My dream was weird and wild — as they often are — but toward the end as I was waking up I was enveloped in this purple cloud.

That’s all the I remember of the dream.

The final scene got stuck in my head. While we were out walking I started looking for a purple flower, something that I could photograph closely.

Two days later I found it.

I actually worked it as if I were photographing something for an assignment. I made a lot of pictures which reminded me of something a friend of mine said. She was on assignment for a regional magazine. They wanted one picture. She said, “So, of course I took 300.” I replied, “That’s all?”

You know me. No machine-gunning. No spray and pray. Work deliberately until you know that you can’t do anything more. Work until your explorations can go no farther.

I didn’t make 300 pictures to get to here.

Stay safe. Stay mighty. Be patient. Don’t get stupid. Listen to scientists. Enjoy all the purple.

This photograph. This very one. I really like it. I could see this on our walls.

I told you how I found and why I was looking for it.

Here’s a how I processed it.

The picture is soft and delicate right out of the camera, er, phone.

It was also pretty purply as a RAW file.

So, all I had to do was make sure that it stayed soft and sort of gauzy.

To do that, pull the structure slider back rather than push it forward. That action is the same on Snapseed as it is using OnOne.

That’s the same way that I soften skies to make subjects in the foreground.

If you recall, I just sort of figured it out. You also know that I discover “new’ things about ten years after everybody else did.

I look at the work of a lot of painters. They’ve been doing it for decades, maybe centuries. I just didn’t know it.

Maybe if I would have taken those art appreciation classes seriously.

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