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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Randomly Capturing Randomness: Wanna Play?

There is nothing like recovering from the flu to test one's patience.  On about day 10, in my case, one's mind is finally clearing enough to let some motivation begin to seep back in.  And yet the body stubbornly lags far behind, insisting there must still be all those awful symptoms whenever verticality is attempted.

Alas...  But we can make the best of it:  Hallelujah for iPads and photography apps!  Let's play the Randomly Capture Randomness game!

To play, take or find any ordinary snap-shot quality photo that says something to you, for you, today:  here is one which speaks to me as I gain determination to overcome this flu.  I took this at 50 mph while driving to town last early summer:  please don't tell Casey, but I literally stuck my iPhone out the window, while driving, and pointed it at the sky.  I was cresting the shoulder of Getty's Butte, and the clouds hung so enticingly low, you felt you could reach up and touch some fluff:

(I guess since I only have one Blog follower at this point, who is Casey, he's gonna find out, huh?)

The beautiful thing about the Randomly Capture Randomness game is that the photographic qualities one would usually be concerned with - composition, exposure, focus - are out the window! (har har!)  In fact, part of the fun is seeing how far you can transform a bad image.  If I had followers, we'd hold a challenge to see how each person could start with the ugliest, plainest image, ending up with the most emotive, affective image!  But alas, an exercise such as that between just Casey and I might not be quite as much fun...  Still, Hun, you wanna play?

It should probably be stated somewhere that if you prefer to try this exercise without putting your life at risk while driving, just go for a walk and hold the camera above your head where you can't look at it, or close your eyes.  Just don't do these things while crossing the street or walking near a construction zone.  Randomly capture the randomness that is all around you, but please don't include any ambulance lights or ER ceilings!

So, what shall we try with our random image?  I'm really liking the Sketch Guru app, which I just discovered a couple of days ago.  Although it only has the most basic starting adjustments one might need (such as contrast and crop adjustments), it boasts a wide assortment of some very nice artistic filters.  We'll start by cropping the image to a square:

then pumping up the contrast a little.  This is not this app's forte, so if you have a snap which needs a lot of work on straightness, exposure and even sharpness, I'd recommend PicShop for those steps.  Onward we go, however, in Sketch Guru, since this photo doesn't need much done on the front end:

So that's looking pretty nice.  Now to make it fun and bright, which is the feeling I'd like to pull from this image, in memory of that day:  it was a gorgeous early summer day, with a brilliantly deep and bright blue sky scuttled with fantastical cloud formations which veritably commanded me to stick my hand out the window while holding my iPhone, and get some pics!

How about the "8Bit filter?

Meh, let's try Gouache:

Interesting for some purposes:  it rendered the clouds very softly, which might be useful for a sympathy card, perhaps?  

Here's the Sketch filter:

I actually think this is really interesting!  I like how the darker, thicker strokes work with the angles of the pole and wires, which somehow for me makes the sky feel connected to the earth.  This is a keeper, for its compositional qualities.  (I am a real pack rat of images that I like...)

Here, the Watercolor filter:

Ah, yes, this captures what that day was for me.  The colors and poofy, light cloud shapes lift my spirits, and the power pole and lines lend motion and the feeling of freedom one gets when driving over hilltops under low clouds, wind and sky swirling together, the sun and the day bursting with joy...  This image carries me up and away from the fog of flu and mid-January.  

Hooray for art apps that help us randomly capture the beauty of randomness all around us!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Rhyme on Frost (and some Frost on Rime)

frosty grass fronds and field (c) L Klahn
Frost Flower, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

"Frost is the greatest artist in our clime - 
He paints in nature and describes in rime”  

— Thomas Hood

Frost Ribbons (c) L Klahn
Frost Ribbons, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

"The seasons alter: hoary-headed frosts
Fall in the fresh lap of the crimson rose."

— William Shakespeare

Frost Calligraphy, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frost Calligraphy, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

"Some leaves hang late,
some fall before the first frost--
so goes the tale of winter branches 
and old bones."  

Frosty Haven, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frosty Haven, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
"Whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet moon.”

Frost and Silhouette 1, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frost and Silhouette 1, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

Frost and Silhouette 2, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frost and Silhouette 2, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

Frosty Tunnel, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frosty Tunnel, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
“All that is gold does not glitter, 
not all those who wander are lost;
the old that is strong does not wither, 
deep roots are not reached by the frost. 
From the ashes a fire shall be woken, 
a light from the shadows shall spring; 
renewed shall be blade that was broken, 
the crownless again shall be king.”  

Frosty Landscape and Barn, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frosty Landscape and Barn, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

"Poverty, Frost, Famine, Rain, Disease, 
are the beadles and guardsmen 
that hold us to Common Sense.”  

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Frosty Curlicues 1, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frosty Curlicues 1, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

Frosty Curlicues 2, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frosty Curlicues 2, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

"Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice."

Fire and Ice

Frost Field, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frost Field, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

"From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
the clouds scatter his lightning.
They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them
on the face of the habitable world. 

Job 37:9-12, English Standard Version Bible

Frosted Grass, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frosted Grass, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

Frosted Pine Needles, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frosted Pine Needles, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

Frosted Stems, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frosted Stems, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
"Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 
Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? ...

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? 
Tell me, if you have understanding. ...

Have you commanded the morning since your days began, 
and caused the dawn to know its place, 
that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, 
and the wicked be shaken out of it? ...

Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, 
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, 
which I have reserved for the time of trouble, 
for the day of battle and war? 
What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, 
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth? ...

From whose womb did the ice come forth, 
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven? 
The waters become hard like stone, 
and the face of the deep is frozen.'" 

Frost Aglow, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frost Aglow 1, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

Frost Aglow 2, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)
Frost Aglow 2, photo by Lorie Klahn (c)

Images captured via iPhone at the Klahn property on 1-20-2014.  I used PicShop Photo Editor App on all of these photos, giving them a slightly vintage look.  It is one of my favorite apps.