Hallo, hallo lovely inhabitants of earth (and beyond) !
In line with the now easily-deduced pattern, today I excitedly present a submission for the month of June.
It had been a rather academically-industrious month with lots of Algebra 2, so I'm quite chuffed to have been able to whip out a submission at all despite all the schoolwork. A collective imagination is often better than one, so any title suggestions are most welcome! (You guys each have a completely different set of wonderful mental information that you use in the process of creativity and it would just be so fascinating to get to know this because contrast and discussion is what makes things interesting in an art community don't u think) As is the custom, a little commentary on the inspiration:
The inspiration for this quite simple and straightforward concept is the notion that a book can be thought of as a door to another universe (it's even shaped like a door too, how poetic is that?). They entertain us, surely, but they can also shape us, they can build a comforting roof over our thoughts and beliefs as readily as they can shake, shatter, and challenge them. They assure us as often as they frighten and provoke us. And the one thing we most always gain from them is that when we come back home through that door of print-ink and paper, we are equipped with a new lens through which to see the world anew, an insight-revealing flashlight to shine upon what is familiar that reveals things that we had never noticed before. Of course, sometimes we come back from a book not to return to the external world of our lives, but towards the mazes and gardens within ourselves.
Books can change our worldviews as much as they can alter our perception of ourselves.
So here's to those who grew up with the tales of Harry Potter, and whose formative years have been sculpted by the events of an imaginary world. An imaginary world that, as you grow up, turns out to be not so imaginary after all. The battles are still here in our world, the challenges and the hurts, but what's also here are things like friendship, honor, loyalty, and teamwork, and a certain kind of magic.
Here's to the Sherlockians (I, ahem, happen to be one, hallo!) who have learned that it is important to not only see, but also to observe.
To appreciate that sometimes when something is not there
, that that can be a clue in itself.
To perhaps consider that the most insufferable of natures can belong to the best and most loyal of companions.And thus concludes the commentary!
As far as I am aware, all that has been the spark for this picture! Forgive how girly and super-fluffy this commentary is, I am just in a really bubbly and bright mood today. Some technical bits:
: Micro-Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 (the sharpness and color is incredible)EXPOSURE INFORMATION
: ISO 200 (sun is bright, so a low ISO is possible. Wonderful , noiseless quality at this ISO) at 1/2500 sec.LIGHTING
: Good ol' fresh dewy morning light, without any modifiers. (the type of light that lights up spiderwebs so deliciously)LOCATION:
It's actually by the side of a rain gutter which has some lovely flower-filled vegetation on one side of it. So yes guys, anywhere with awesome light can be the location of your still life arrangement
. Just pack up your favorite stuff and get out there and shoot! As Brooke Shaden has said, anything is possible with imagination.PROPS (the books and the scrabble pieces):
Me and my family were staying at this charming old bungalow perched up a fog-misted highland and they had, in their living room games-cabinet, a set of these absolutely riveting old books in such enchanting primary colors together with an old scrabble set with the elegant black-print typography instead of the more modern and playful green type.
Thus, none of the props were actually my stuff that I brought to the holiday trip (and I brought quite alot of stuff, of which I used little).THE EDITING (done in GIMP) :
- A layer set to overlay which I used to enrich the colors by painting the green parts green, the yellow parts yellow, the red parts red and so on. This pops out the colors selectively without the 'overcooking' that can sometimes come from just increasing the saturation alone.
- A slight vignette using a layer set to overlay.
- A layer set to overlay filled with pastel yellow, toned down to a low opacity. This enhances the warm-morning-light feeling of the image.
- Sharpening by wavelet sharpen.
- Its a wrap!
That is about it for this submission, and I hope ya'lls have a smashing week!
Thank you for having a look!