Picture in picture

Remember the post about my favourite restaurant closing? We were there for lunch today on its final day. I took a photo of the mural that dominates one of the dining rooms. Look how 3D the marigolds appear! To the right of this magnificent art is a framed photograph hung on a colorful door. That is one of mine. It’s a photo of the outside of the restaurant taken in a storm, bought for the owner. We were delighted to walk in one day and see it hanging there.

Goodbye, Cempazuchi! We will miss you.


Branches Merged

Using depth of field to foreshorten the image and flatten out the normal background / foreground interplay, I attempted to ‘paint’ these winterized tree trunks with evergreen colours from shrubs in the foreground. Even though at first glance this is a photo of greenery, the stars of the show are actually the dull trunks hiding way in the back! I lead the eye to them and hint at their importance through the branches from the bottom right flowing to the upper left.  Try looking at this photo without ending up staring at these trunks! Leading the eyes in this way is helped by the bright white in left half of the picture which grabs your attention and gives it nowhere else to go.

You’ll see some more natural effects in future posts. It’s always been one of my favourite themes.

First Foot

In Scotland a New Year tradition is to go First Footing. The first foot in your door should be a tall dark stranger. I am none of these, but welcome to the First Foot in this blog. Happy Hogmonay, everyone!

The soft glow / soft focus effect was rendered with the phone’s flash on brilliantly white snow. Somehow the image seems to have reversed itself too-as if the footprint is rising up out of the ground. Weird! I didn’t expect this effect, but it opens up a whole new line of experimentation.