But what IS it?

Not everyone likes abstract or impressionist photography. I happen to be one who reacts emotionally to color, form and light even if I can’t see a recognizable subject. Don’t get me wrong- I like and do traditional photos too- probably the majority of the time. But I guess I’m trying to say that this would not fall under the umbrella of traditional photography. And I was happy today that this image got such a positive response from my photo group, which used to be very much focused only on standard images.

But what IS it?

It is my impression of the waterfront of Benicia, California.

Setting Sun

Some of my favorite images (and memories) come from last summer’s vacation in Alaska when we celebrated our fiftieth anniversary. I have a multitude of photos still to be processed, and I love dipping into the collection and finding new images to create. This one is two photos taken within minutes of each other and layered in Photoshop.

Playing With Pears

I had fun playing with pears!

I enjoy creating abstract images in Photoshop (and even on my mobile phone) as much as I do creating a still life. Actually, in some ways, I enjoy it more, because I can create varying images combining some of the same photos or photos created at the same time. These were all edited in Photoshop by layering multiple photos and then having fun with them.

Getting Together

I am working on some quick abstracts for my little photo group presentation. I set up the lemons and couldn’t help but see them as facing each other with their little lemon noses. Should I have put masks on them?

More Mojo, Please?

My photography resolution for 2022 is to get more creative- I have lost my mojo! In fact I volunteered to give a presentation to one of my photography groups on “Create Photography Abstracts Wherever You Are”- in order to make ME go out and find SOMETHING I haven’t shot before. I have had a lot of trouble in the last few months finding photo subjects, so I needed a kick in the pants to force me to get more creative.

I usually get inspired with macros, so I used my iPhone to take closeups in my kitchen. This was captured looking down at a Pyrex measuring cup. Yup, I was that desperate!

Mirrored Flight

Mirrored Flight

This was taken during our stay at Between Beaches on the MacDonald Spit on Kachemak Bay in Alaska. We had beaches in front of and behind our cabin- Kachemak Bay in front, Kasitsna Bay behind. Watching the gulls fly low over the dark waters of Kasitsna Bay in the mornings and evenings gave me a perfect opportunity to practice intentional camera movement techniques to create impressionistic images.

I was happy to hear at my camera club’s online meeting last night that this image won second place in this month’s Open Subject competition. It’s always nice to hear when other people like your art.

Rising

I first titled this image the Sinking Sun or Drowning Sun- but I see it now as rising. I guess it depends on your point of view.

I’ve made a small website change- and plan to do more over the coming weeks. If you got this blog post by email and didn’t go to my website, you would have noticed nothing new. But if you went to my website directly to look at my latest post, you may have gotten lost! The landing page for melinda365.com is now a slideshow instead of my blog posts. To get to my blog, you have to go to the MENU. This change has been in my head for a couple years, but it has taken this long to make myself sit down and actually DO it. I plan to update my galleries page as well to reflect work I’ve done in the last couple years.

Wings

I have been doing intentional camera movement (ICM) for many years off and on, but I have never enjoyed it as much as I have when photographing birds this summer. The image below is gulls over Alaska’s Kasitsna Bay near the cabin on the MacDonald Spit where we stayed for our fiftieth anniversary.