"So prayer is our sometimes real selves trying to communicate with the Real, with Truth, with the Light. It is us reaching out to be heard, hoping to be found by a light and warmth in the world, instead of darkness and cold. Even mushrooms respond to light - I suppose they blink their mushroomy eyes, like the rest of us."
~Anne Lamott~
(Help, Thanks, Wow: The Three Essential Prayers)

Friday, August 16, 2013

Having fun with a Zinnia

My rugged Zinnias just keep blooming in the garden. Despise the lack of water and the very dry, dog days of summer, they persist.
This morning I took my Nikon D5100 camera outside, with a 105mm macro lens, and took a few shots. Then I had some fun with them in Picasa, a free, online, photo storage program, and transformed them with special effects.
 The beautiful reality


And the taking away of some color.
or the switching of color that focuses on the magical inner world of its center.
Another lovely reality
transformed into a drawing.
And finally the same zinnia... fresh out of the camera
And then... all zoomy in black and white.
This is how I spend a few hours of my retirement each day. It's a magnificent obsession... and so much fun.

7 comments:

  1. oo that last one is kinda like an illusion...you are having fun with your toy...smiles...some lovely flowers...

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  2. Love your blog.....and I have camera envy!! LOL The detail is amazing.

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  3. What fun! I especially like the pale pink copy.

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  4. Zinneas have become my favorite flower. They just bloom and bloom. So pretty :-).

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  5. Lovely flowers and great pictures. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  6. What lovely pictures of the flower. Have a blessed day. Madeline

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  7. I like the effects you played around with. Nice photo work!!

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