The object

One may call it art or not. Whatever; we like it. Indonesian born artist Sam Siyahaya painted this rock for us 10 years ago during his stay at our place. This year he returns and he intends to do the finishing touch. We are looking forward to his arrival next month and will keep you updated.

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Early morning landscapes

Love to make pictures with sunset and sunrise. Last week Friday morning I went with the bearing in mind that everybody was still asleep. In the village yes but outside in the rural part of Stanford farmers and their workers begin their day as soon as the first light appear at the horizon. It was a bit drizzling at the acres where they just harvested but that gave some of the pictures an extra dimension. Did not have to use Photoshop for colour adjustments except for changing one picture into B&W and some ‘cutting edge technology’…… All pictures made with my Sony A77 VQ camera and I only used the Sigma 70-300 zoom. I adjusted the camera to landscape photography.

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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.

Portrait of a Hottentots God

This nice poem about the Hottentots God inspired me last week to picture one but than if you search it takes long so I took my chance and did the search like a Capetonian (very, very, laid back) and yes it worked (this time….). The insect suddenly landed on my hand and I had to hand-over to Yvonne’s hand for the picturing. After some photoshopping and adding some elements this came out of it. The featured one is with Clarissa. ‘Clarissa wants to have a ride’. Personally I go for the second one below (with bird) and the bottom one also is a nice composition. And for the rest; see for yourself. Fascinating insects; ET was modeled after it.

And yes; still practicing to master the equipment and especially the Adobe software. We’re out for a few days. See you back this Friday!!!

Reflections (2)

Referring to yesterdays posting herewith another self-reflection. The thumbnails below tell you how this picture was compiled. Simple but with severe troubles with inverse/refine to get it exactly right. From left (mainframe) to right (last addition) how I fitted it all together. For the colour edition of the cropped self-portrait I had to choose first the layer of the mainframe picture before I could ‘hide’ it a bit.

 

And with the second thumbnail from the right as mainframe added with a inversed/refined picture of a bird in the water (see thumbnail at the bottom) plus the same bird picture filtered plus inversed/refined resulted in this ‘quicky’:

Reflections

The last few days I’ve been experimenting with reflections and this came out of it. The mainframe of the featured picture is the bathroom sliding-door (shot from our outdoor shower -brag, brag, brag….) added with me and the camera (inversed, refined mirrored and filtered/polarisation).

The one below is similar but than without the addition of the polarised eyes.

For the next one  I used the sky as mainframe and a mirrored (+inversed, refined) B&W self-portrait in front of the bathroom door. As usual all pictured with a Sony A77 VQ (this time with 16-50mm lens) and processed with photoshop Cs6.

Bottom picture consists of the bathroom door as mainframe with inversed/refined/filtered ‘fillings’ of a b&W self-portrait, my left hand, flowers from our garden, bathroom mirror, wooden bathroom floor, my hands holding the camera (twirled in center and the very same as in the top 2 pictures) and polarized drink glasses. Fairly complicated and mind bogging…. but than discoveries of possibilities surface. The only problem I have with Adobe photoshop are the tutorials on their website. These are incomplete and could, with the same effort, far more sufficient.

Next week we go back to the elements again (see first posts). Photography and photo-manipulation are one big challenge and we still have a long path to walk.

Bird Control

I needed 15 different elements (birds, plants) and the mainframe is the sky. All pictured items as is (no additional photoshopping as saturation, etc.) and pictured with a Sony A77VQ with Sony 18-55 mm and Sigma 70-300 mm lenses. All pictures made in and from our garden in Stanford, South Africa.