A few years ago my husband captured this candid shot of me in profile, silhoutted against the living room window, so I’ve applied an online creative filter to it then greyscaled the resulting image to jazz it up a little and make it a bit more artistic and interesting to look at – I guess you could say it’s a genuine ‘profile pic’ of me! 🙂
Some abstract bluebells for today’s Flower of the Day – I just felt like doing something a bit different… These particular bluebells were nestled under the shade of a tree, and it was dull rather than sunny when I took the original pic so the resulting image looked a bit dull and the colours faded – but a digital art filter helped give my boring old bluebells a new, far more interesting lease of life 🙂
‘One happiness scatters a thousand sorrows’ – Chinese Proverb
To my mind this thoughtful proverb is not in any way trying to insinuate that forced positive thinking is all we need to deal with all of life’s troubles, insisting that one happy thought automatically erases all the miserable ones as if by magic.
Instead it reminds us that however heavy our burden of sorrow, burying us in helplessness as if trapped suffocatingly under a weighty pile of dank cloying leaves on the forest floor, often all it takes one good gust of blustery wind to get things stirring again, scattering the sodden leaves one by one, leaving us suddenly looking up in wonder at the beautiful blue sky soaring high above our heads. All the leaves, all our sorrows, are still there individually lying all around us, but are no longer smothering us with their cumulative weight, no longer pressing so heavily on our hearts.
In the same way, even one glint of happiness in the midst of countless dark sorrows brings us the promise of a welcome wind of change, a fresh breath of hope, a chance to remember that all is not lost and that we are still here, still alive, fighting and feeling and refusing to be beaten.
I took this image this afternoon looking down along an avenue of trees in Wanstead Park, here in East London, and played about with applying a digital art filter to jazz it up a little bit – but it’s definitely a lovely place to walk, so I thought it would be a perfect contender for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge for this week 🙂
I’ve got a few rather disappointing photographs in my archive that were taken as unavoidably hurried one-off captures in a particular moment in time where there is often no real chance of going back to take a better shot – a now-or-never, take-it-as-it-is, like-it-or-not shot. And disappointing as many of them are, being pretty much unique for whatever reason, I’ve kept the resulting images for posterity.
For example, on our way from London to Brighton by train in late December 2011 (between Christmas and New Year actually), the weather was dull and damp and decidedly dingy as we quickly rattled past the iconic four chimneys of Battersea Power Station early on in our journey. The near-derelict ex-industrial building was ear-marked for planned redevelopment into a modern housing/ office complex in the near future, so I knew potentially this could be my last chance to capture her pre-facelift, so to speak.
(For those of you unaware of the iconic industrial beauty that is Battersea Power Station, she had been the cover-girl for Pink Floyd’s 1977 album ‘Animals’, taking pride of place along with a flying pig – it’s a classic, look it up!)
So with anticipation growing as we reached the location, I grabbed as many shots in passing as I could in the awkward circumstances – relatively fast-moving train with grubby windows, minimal options for a clear line of sight from the train tracks we were on, only a few seconds in which to frame and focus and fire, and of course intense pressure on myself to get it right because there would be no second chance.
In no time at all we were past and my chance was gone, so in the end this particular shot was the best of the bunch…
It’s quite clearly still recognisable as the empty shell of Battersea Power Station, all four chimneys are in the frame and thankfully my shot is actually in focus – hooray! But thirty-five years after being immortalised on an abum cover (the original image was taken in December 1976), my image seems disappointingly dingy, looking dull and dismal and – let’s face it, boring as hell. And not even a flying pig between her ears to brighten her up…
So how to jazz up my dull photograph seven years later? Post-processing with the application of a colourful digital filter, of course…
Ta-dahhh! How cheerfully non-dingy is this for a final image 🙂
Me after being out and about for a brisk walk in the freshest of fresh air on this bright and chilly autumn day, keeping my head warm and cosy in my new blue knitted bobble hat! And then some post-processing with a very colourful online art filter effect to help me smile even more 🙂
Ahhh… What can be more adorable than a soft-featured three-year-old granddaughter looking so angelic in repose, snoozing on the sofa completely crashed out ❤
Things that have made me smile this week include:-
Playing around with online filter effects applied to photographs originally taken by me – this orange-pink flower nestling in green leaves first had an art filter applied, before I inverted the image colour-wise then greyscaled the end result. I find this overall masking kind of experimental digital post-processing great fun to do, and I really love the way the subdued monochrome finish here really highlights the smooth flowing lines of petals and leaves 🙂
Finishing a warm and welcoming hand-made crochet baby blanket for our as yet unborn sixth grandchild – she is due to be born around the end of the year ❤
Talking to my 82 year old dad on the phone tonight – dad has been in hospital for the last four weeks, but thankfully got home today – definitely something to smile about 🙂
I’ve been messing about having fun with online art filters applied to images taken by me – it really is the lazy girl’s approach to artistic design, and I really love some of the crazy effects on what is otherwise a standard photograph.
Here is one particular orangey-pink flower head nestled comfortably within its own green leaves, shown in four different guises ranging from nearly normal to weird and wonderful 🙂