Saturday, July 23, 2011


We are taught in art classes that composition is the skeleton holding our pictures together. The viewer's eyes should move around the page, first from the primary subject,  onto the next important and so on. Often, three stops are the goal with the tour taking in the complete landscape along its way .

This photo achieves the edict well. First we see lovely Chandra in the foreground. Then our eye is drawn almost beyond our control to the small figure in the background as we wonder what emotion has her in its grasp. Lastly the microphone brings us back to the foreground, completing the journey.


Lighting has much to do with mood, but beyond the subtle play of motes and moonbeams -- there is perspective. A shift in camera angle can lead to a completely different story. Parts of the environment included and dismissed guide us on an imaginative journey. 

Friday, July 22, 2011

On Creativity II

 Creativity is the ability to see relationships where none exist.  -----  Thomas Disch

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Cutting Room Floor

PURE magazine seems to have left the scene. Land for sale. No replacement office in evidence. No July issue appearing near its release date. So I am posting a background shot that will apparently never see publication. Having been in a RL movie group, I know that some of the best scenes often end up on the cutting room floor.

Monday, July 11, 2011


It's quiet; just before daybreak. The salty mist muffles my footsteps as I travel down the cobblestone path. The night -- always a friend -- recedes to let the cycle begin again. If only I could stop time.

No post processing, I started with the DUSTY Windlight setting that comes with some viewers and adjusted for sun position and distance. The pose tells much of the story. (Long Awkward Pose)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

About the Hair

Update:  First Place Winner -- Hair Fair's second contest.

This photo was taken for the Hair Fair 2 contest of 2011. The rules included taking the photo in one of the Hair Fair sims using a poseball made and set out by aDORKable Poses. I had tried many of those poseballs when doing reconnaissance on Blogger Preview day, so I had a pretty good idea about what I wanted.  Since I am not big on vendors and signs in my backgrounds, I looked for a poseball that would show off the hair without a distracting background.

I specifically  framed one of the balloons in the shot as they definitely say "Hair Fair 2011" -- at least to me. Even after blurring the background, I found that the palm trees still grabbed the eye. So I cut out the main part of the picture, pasted it on top of the original shot and desaturated the palms in the base layer.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Darkness and Danger

Danger surrounds me. It races in my blood.
The warm night caresses me like a lover and then moves on.

On Creativity

Creativity - like human life itself - begins in darkness. -----  Julia Cameron