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The Sunset in the Stanford Valley inspired me for this imaginary:

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The ‘elements’ used are those of an informal settlement nearby (right), the cat of Matjiesfontein, a flying heron, my first photo model Karuna, her eye and a beach boy from Hermanus.

Imaginary; play with elements

It was Pablo Picasso who once said: “Everything you can imagine is real“.

With modern photo-processing software it’s relatively easy to loosen elements from their original settings in photographs and combine them in a new picture. The new image can look realistic or not. This time I choose for the latter.

I love to play with elements even if the end result makes one wonder …. like this imaginary compiled of elements of 6 different pictures; 5 of these also rotated vertical and/or horizontal.

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Karuna revisited 1

Sometime ago I did a photo session with Karuna, a 13 year old girl from our village. At this stage I’m redoing the portraits I made in photoshop. Just a bit of experimenting. All picture-elements shot in our garden and here in Stanford.

Today the first revisited image. Three more to follow this week.

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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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Dance of the Hottentots Gods

Recently I submitted a few images of a Hottentots God. Today I decided to play in Photoshop with one of the pictures combined with an older one of this sacred insect. Originally I had a purple background but after I added the different (highly mutilated  in Photoshop)  element layers I decided  to choose for a Black & White imaginary. ‘Let’s dance’.

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The Great Flower Shooting Party

Virtually every day you can see me in our small garden shooting. I merely shoot flowers and every now and than also a bird. My weapon-of-mass-imagination is a Sony A77VQ with a few lenses. This camera suits me well and it does everything I want. I shoot in RAW-format (Sony’s JPEG needs some quality improvements) and after the shooting I perform a pre-selection before I download and process the pictures in Adobe Photoshop CS6. For some of the flowers it means a dissection into elements (stamens, etc.) which I use for elementary images or ‘imaginaries’ as I prefer to name them. I love flowers and nature but don’t ask me names of specific species; just being in a garden catching fragrances and touching and capturing nature’s beauties is a Feast. Here are some of the recent pictures of flowers. We have around 600 to 700 different succulent plants from around the globe in our outdoor collection including cacti.

Me going under cover

I love masquerades …… i.e. on my computer I mean.

And I love flowers; our garden exhibits a year round floral display of succulent plants from around the globe. And ….. I love our village (Stanford, South Africa; I can’t emphasize that enough… I even maintain a blog about our experiences here). I also love birds …. In fact I am jealous with them for birds have an extra dimension in moving around.

The mainframe picture of the sunset is made at Stanford Valley and the rest are all elements sourced from our library (see previous posting). Sooner or later I want to create a landscape solely consisting of flower elements.