Flower Power and shooting birds

Virtually daily I picture flowers in our garden and every now and than I also shoot a bird. Here in Stanford, South Africa people are privileged to have a year-round floral display but not many are seemingly aware of this heavenly gift. Many people never look into a flower. With software (in our case Adobe Photoshop CS6) I am able to inverse the different parts of a flower an use these as elements in my imaginaries. Here a few of  yesterday’s shots; in the future you might recognize details. Click thumbnails for enlargement.

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(?).

African Renaissance

All pictures in this blog are ‘imaginary’ and this one is no exception; it’s my own interpretation of ‘African Renaissance‘. I’ve kept it to our own environment here in Stanford, South Africa. Though on first sight ‘dull’; come to live the life here to discover a wonderful and inspirational village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai in the Western Cape. The mainframe picture I’ve used before. It’s the original entrance of the Sir Robert Stanford Estate along the R43 that connects us with both mentioned towns. I changed the surface of the road into more authentic gravel from the nearby Papiesvlei Road. The sculptures are ‘borrowed’ from Fraai Uitzicht 1798 in Robertson and the rest (birds -Stanford = ‘bird capital’ in South Africa-, flowers, etc.) all from our own garden.

Matjiesfontein in one portrait of a village

Remember our recent road trip off the beaten track  (‘the real South Africa journey begins >100 km beyond Cape Town’). One of the places we (me and Yvonne) visited was Matjiesfontein and the most valuable memories we’ve composed in one portrait of a village. Most impressive for us were the wind pump and the entertaining family on the station. But also local guide Geert Jan Teunissen on the piano in the local pub is in our hearts. Matjiesfontein is a museum village build, in the 1880-thies around a train station along the railway that connects Cape Town with Pretoria. The present owner has conserved the village and surrounding farms to the way it was a 100 years ago. All pictures taken and processed with the equipment as described in the ‘gear-page’ of this blog.

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!

Fine Art Photography, Napier, South Africa.