Friday, January 28, 2011

Caught Up In Details

(Click on the thumbnail for the bigger, better version)

Still caught up in my details phase, I went out Monday with the 70-200mm and continued to use my lens to isolate elements of larger objects. I found focusing (no pun, intended) on close work, a wonderful way to shut out the rest of the world. The time passed quickly. It is an approach I don't often take, and I thoroughly enjoyed the exercise. 

One of my favorite aspects of the final product was the collaborative aspect that occurred during the processing phase. The Husband has a good eye and asked if I had considered going darker with one image that I was processing. That set off something in my head and I began tinkering. One thing led to another and eventually each image ended up being treated to some Photoshop love. 

I expect I will have more days of wandering around the place searching out details that interest me. With many doors having closed for me recently (at least temporarily), I am busy tapping the walls and looking for new doors.


  1. Anita, the treatment of this image is spot on as far as I'm concerned. I love the dark rich brown tones and you make excellent use of the shallow depth of field -- a wonderful bokeh. I believe you should keep that husband around. :-)

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Earl - Thanks. I love knowing that this experiment is connecting with others.

    As for The Husband, no way I would let this guy get away. He has excellent taste and this is not the first time that a comment by him has set me off in some new direction in a project of some sort.

    It's fascinating to me how one suggestion can take on a life of its own and set your mind reeling with a dozen more ideas, or possiblities. He and I don't always agree on matters; but, over the years, we have had some moments of helping one another find a new direction in all sorts of endeavors.

  3. The lighting on this is superb, Anita. It doesn't matter if it was achieved in post production, what matters is the result. You should be proud of this one.

  4. Ken - Thanks a bunch for the nice compliment. The basic lighting was provided by nature, but I certainly "upped" the drama. I appreciate the encouragement so far. I am satisfied enough with the style of processing to do a few more of them.

  5. Sounds like you are having fun, Anita, and the photos are really great. When I take the time to do things like this and really look for details and focused items, it makes me wonder how much I actually miss everyday because I don't slow down enough. Thanks for the reminder to slow down and take time to appreciate the details.

  6. Mary Ann - Thanks for the comment. And, yes, I have had fun. I am awfully guilty of rushing past the delicious details of life. You're so right about slowing down.

  7. Another fine image, Anita. You know that Husband is a keeper!

  8. Monte - Thank you so much for the comment.

    Yes, indeed, every once in a while, The Husband has a really good idea.:)


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