Monday, December 22, 2014

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fun with Photography 'Apps'

 Don't get me wrong, I love my camera and the photos it takes.




 But recently, I discovered that I can change the look of my  photos

using a myriad of 'apps' on phone , tablet or computer.



 I was, of course,  aware of photoshop and that it could do lots more but, at first,  I was too timid to experiment with it.





 What I didn't realize was that there are scores of 'art' apps and photo editing apps that will alter photos to look


like watercolors 



or oil paintings.




and literally hundreds of other styles too.




I have been creating haiga using my photos for several years but recently began to experiment with altered photo images, such as these.






It is very enjoyable for me to put the photo through several 'apps' to get different effects.



Once I find the most pleasing image,  I use another program to add the poem to the image.




 These photos were taken last fall during the leaf-peeping season and depending on the mood I want to create



















                  they can be very vibrant or muted.



I am not an artist but I do take some pretty good photos  and it has given me great pleasure to learn how to turn the pictures into 'works of art.'


Here is a completed haiga which was



published in the Winter 2014 edition of  Akitsu Quarterly


Take-Away - it is never too late to learn new tricks.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

The Gifts of Early December

Winter is almost here. 


 I can taste it in the coolness of the air. 


 I can see it on my breath. 



The time has come to dial down the noise and spend some quality time meditating and praying. 



For me, early winter is the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, when I like to skip away from the bustle of preparing for the holidays and spend some quiet time in the woods.  







It isn't terribly cold yet and the sun obliges with shadows that are only this interesting once a year. 





My eyes notice textures and colors that are obscured by the green and gold of other seasons.



The light is free to play on the water.


And the mauve and gray tones compete with black and white in the late afternoon clouds.


The hearty birds stand guard over the wetlands and provide company for a solitary walker.


My heart feels bigger in the last weeks before the solstice.  I find so much to contemplate in the silence of the woods.  Everyone else is somewhere else and I can find all the gifts I need, right here in the woods. And I give thanks for them!



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