Thursday, February 17, 2011


I want to share with you one of my new fave pics.

I took it a day after Valentine's, when the beautiful roses I was given by my sweetie started to open. It was late, and the light was low. Before spending time with Amelia in her Experimental Art e-Course, I probably would have dragged them under the light and shot them relentlessly until I got a bright, crisp, perfect photo.

Except I didn't. I climbed right out of that comfort zone. Sometimes it's necessary for the sharpness, yes, I haven't let that go entirely. Other times it's more beautiful to let things be softer.

I love how it turned out. Like something out of an Andy Warhol painting. Andy Warhol meets Georgia O'Keefe.

I was tempted to figure out how to flip it so it faces the other way. I fought the urge, and was rewarded by finding Kat Sloma's blog, and her interesting discussion about breaking the Rule of Thirds. This one doesn't follow the rule, I checked, and I am embracing that as well, in this photo and ones to come.

So thank you Amelia and Kat, for encouraging the uniqueness that results from knowing when to break the rules, or work outside of them. That's where we find ourselves sometimes, yes?

To add it to the portfolio submission, or not... that's a whole other question.

art course

Now, I want to share with you my new crush. Picnik. It's an online photo editing program that you can use to add some pretty neat effects to your photos. I'm still terrified of Photoshop and I think this is a really simple way to ramp up the look of what I've captured... until Photoshop and I become more acquainted.

Here's the Before

I sifted through several different effects, and settled on Lomo-ish.
One click, and...

Windy Day Edit


I knew I liked this program when I tried it on Valentine's Day...
Now I think it might be the beginning of love ;)

Windy Day Edit


Mynx said...

I really love the rose. Yes to the collection in my opinion

B @ Sweet Limes said...

Great rose. I can totally see you and picnik having a love affair!

Angel Rogers photography said...

Nice! It is a beautiful edit that belongs on someone's wall or a postcard.

Creatively Sensitive said...

@Mynx - Thanks! I'm putting it in the yes pile.

@B - I got a good laugh out of that. I can see J banging on the door... Are you in there? With Picnik?! Again?!

@Angel - Thank you so much. That's a very nice compliment. And now you have the wheels in my head turning... hmm... maybe some blank note cards... :)

R and J Studios said...

The vignette could be turned down juuuust a tad in my eyes, but the edit looks so dreamy!

Cinderita said...

The rose is stunning! Beautiful capture.

And WOW on the before and after. I think I'd like you to show me how to use PicNik. I gave it a shot once, and couldn't figure it out. Seems you have. Love

Kat Sloma said...

Brava for getting out of your comfort zone and for breaking the rules! The rose image is beautiful. I love how it turned out. Thanks so much for linking in to Exploring with a Camera. I'm happy to have you join!

Emily said...

Gorgeous photo of the rose- I feel like I can SMELL it! And picnic rocks- my neice told me about it a while back and it's so much fun, isn't it? Love the before and after pic:)

Anonymous said...

Actually the center of the rose fits the rule of thirds. I love what you did with it. It's pretty :)

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Wow!what a lovely rose it was nicely captured.
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