Thursday, March 4, 2010

Seeing and the Art of Ice Puddles

I had the day off to celebrate my wife's birthday, and to pick up her birthday present.  The first order of business was school.  As I walked into school from the parking lot I found this nifty little iced over puddle.  I went inside, and very quickly got things settled, and then returned outside with my camera.

I know people thought I was strange.  I got a couple nods and smiles when people saw me photographing the ground.

I did most of the processing with these inside ViewNX.  I like being able to manipulate the curves from the raw data, but I don't like that I have to save the toning as a picture control in order to actually use it.  Its very unlikely the curve I made will be useful for anything but this set of pictures.  I can either delete it out of the picture control library, or end up with a very cluttered library as I do more of this.  I don't mind deleting it, but it seems a totally unnecessary step.

Sharpening was done in Gimp because I didn't like the sharpening I was getting from ViewNX.

Here are a few of the shots.  I really don't know which one I think is the best.  They are all interesting to me.  It was hard enough getting down to these.  That is the way of abstracts for me, though.  After I made my frames, I realized I behaved in a manner described by Freeman Patterson.  I was quickly composing, focusing, and responding to what was in the viewfinder by either passing it by or pressing the shutter.  I had no conscious thought, simply looking, responding.

Go ahead, quickly walk away.  But don't forget to nod and smile at the crazy guy photographing the ground.

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