The Favorit Imaginary

Time to evaluate the interest in my images and imaginaries since I started this blog 4 months ago. According to the WordPress statistics the imaginary ‘Romancing the flower’ is the absolute topper. It was one of the first postings and also one of my favorites; already designated for online poster sales later this year. The most favorite pictures are those of the recent fires that blazed around this village. Especially the helicopter with the bucket flying into the red as a David versus Goliath scored high. The next posting, BTW, is that of an imaginary of this helicopter. The third place goes to an imaginary of my first photo  model; Karuna with a hat the queen of Holland is jealous of.

Back to ‘Romancing the Flower’. This imaginary consists of flower elements and Clarissa (one of the dolls of the Stanford Hotel) against a mixed background of the sunset and elements of nearby Papiesvlei (farm community). Added with a moon and ‘Brigitte the Butterfly’ of Fabrikk Gassenschau; a unique outdoor theatre spectacle in Switzerland.

With the WordPress statistics at hand I also realized that the number of ‘likes’ does not tell anything about the real interest. The likes are only from other WordPress users who are logged in. The real interest goes beyond that.

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Review of 2012 in 1 picture

This year’s review of ours can be summarized in this picture of the last full moon in 2012: We feel ourselves very privileged to live in this wonderful village in South Africa. After 11 years of hard pioneering work in an harsh environment in Robertson (125 km from here) it’s such a delight to experience a year and a half long sabbatical with such a magnificent view on the edge of Stanford. Thanks also to all the new friends we made over here. You are wonderful! Let’s go on in 2013 and beyond!

2013 Will be the year that Yvonne and I are starting to generate some income again. Me with photography (amongst others: online posters of imaginaries) and Yvonne with unique handcrafted jewelry made of natural bonded earth, sterling silver and swarovsky crystals. We don’t have to but ‘Idleness is the parent of vice’ as the old English expression learns us.

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From a different angle

By moving the camera around the visual effects can change significantly. But ever tried to see a picture from a different angle? Last week I took some pictures at the lagoon and choose two for this composition. Of the mainframe (see picture left) I took the sky away and the copy of it I rotated 180 degrees plus a few degrees extra for a seamless joint. Added the heron (also mirror wise) and there was the picture. But than I turned the end-result a quarter …… well, see for yourself. Personally I think it looks a bit weird but I’m, for whatever reason, also fascinated…. It’s where photo-manipulation slowly becomes art(?).

First Trial Adobe Illustrator

This morning I started for the first time with Adobe Illustrator. After Photoshop not too difficult to work with (commands, etc.) although it must be said and written that the Adobe tutorials on the web need some serious improvements. One pays a lot for this software isn’t it? Well anyway we started with an own template made in photoshop and distilled from an Old Man’s Beard cactus (see thumbnails below main picture). Added some recently made pictures/photo-manipulations and text. Indeed; I still have to practice a lot but I’ve tasted a bit of the possibilities in the ‘interaction between photoshop and illustrator. And that was this morning’s goal; nothing more!

Portrait of a Cat ready for Battle

A cat has many characteristics and this picture tries to tell about one of these. The cat is from Matjiesfontein and the rest is all from our garden and the rest of Stanford, South Africa.

Sculpture Dressing 2

As a follow-up on yesterday’s posting here some additional sculpture dressings. The sculptures we ‘stole’ from the gardens of Fraai Uitzicht and also the first backgrounds (3 and 4 respectively Stanford and the N1 near Touwsrivier) but the rest is entirely from our village.

Sculpture dressing

Last week we photographed some sculptures in the garden of Fraai Uitzicht 1798 and today it was time to dress them up a bit with ‘bits-and-pieces’ from our garden. It could be a faerie tale. All pictures taken with a Sony A77 VQ; some with the Sony 16-55mm lens and others with a Sigma 70-300 (macro) lens. The editing today with Adobe Photoshop CS6 on the apple iMac MC812 if that means something to you.