Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Savoring Winter

winter sunset at radnor lake


Today's quotography challenge theme is Winter. We don't get much snow around these parts, but we do have some lovely bone structure. This shot was taken at Radnor Lake this past December.

When searching for an appropriate quote for today's challenge, I came across this one by Bill Watterson (creator of Calvin and Hobbs) which is probably more apt - especially with the cruddy weather we are having.

I like these cold, gray winter days. Days like these let you savor a bad mood.

Monday was one of those bad mood days and I savored it to the hilt. The weather was cold, misty and windy. It was also the day that my wiper blades decided to give up the ghost and what should have been a quick fix turned into an afternoon odyssey that chewed up most of my day. Sitting at the car dealership, I attempted to pass the time processing photos and/or writing, but I was stressed out and blocked.

After my blades were successfully replaced, I gave up trying to do anything productive or creative. I went home and collapsed on the couch with my iPad and played Angry Birds while half-way watching Monday night sitcoms. It has been a very long time since I was such a complete couch potato, but I think I needed it.

By 9:00 I was passed out in bed and still didn't want to wake up the next morning.

The little break did do me some good as I was able to quickly find my flow and finish the photo I'd started for yesterday's Texture Tuesday. It is amazing how just a little mental vacation helps with creativity. I had struggled and struggled with this one and the next morning it all came together quiet easily.

No one can be fully engaged and creative ALL the time. I need to remember that. Sometimes a little quality time with Angry Birds is just the ticket.

Speaking of birds, angry or otherwise, last week I participated for the first time in Pine River Review's World Bird Wednesday and realized that my archives are stuffed with feathers.

So, for the next few Wednesdays I'll be sharing them here. I've also realized that birds make excellent subjects for photo art.

This goldfinch I captured last spring is one example and a happy little contrast to the winter gray. Post processing credits go to Shadowhouse Creations for the texture (CT-3)and Topaz Labs Simplify plug-in.

Here's the BEFORE:

Daddy Goldfinch

And the AFTER:

goldfinch


One of the birds I shared last Wednesday was beautifully enhanced with Kim Klassen's "Confidence" texture.

BEFORE:

centennial bird

AFTER:

centennial bird kk confidence

That's it for me today. Here's hoping this Winter Wednesday is one to savor.


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16 comments:

  1. Love your post-processed goldfinch. ;-> It looks like a painting. Sorry you had a tough Monday, but it is the way of life to have a bad, sad day on occasion.

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  2. Wow! I love the original images but your texture work is excellent!!
    They truly look like paintings - well done!
    Carletta@Carletta's Captures

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  3. Good captures!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  4. Beautiful photo of the Goldfinch.

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  5. These images are wonderful to see...
    Many thanks for sharing..

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    1. Thanks. Just visited your blog and I'm so envious of the wonderful scenery you have to shoot.

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  6. I really like your before and after shots, glad you went on with the struggle.

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  7. I do enjoy your artistic creations. The goldfinch is one of my favorite birds, probably because they are so colorful, make a joyful noise and are almost always at home in my garden.

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    1. And they are really fast. I happened to catch these around a feeder after chasing them around for days!

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  8. There's a reason Angry Birds was invented! We all need down time and I guess days like Monday force us to take it whether we want to or not! Your quote against the silhouette of the trees is perfect. And I love the texture on the last shot. The detail really pops.

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    1. I agree! A little distraction can be a good thing. Thanks!

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  9. These are so cool Leanne! The American Goldfinch is gorgeous as a painting and the Northern Mockingbird reminds me of an old photograph. I will have to play with some textures on some of my photos. It looks like fun!

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    1. Thanks for identifying the mockingbird for me Larry. I don't know my birds that well. I need to learn. :)

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  10. Very pretty processing -- well done!

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