Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Fantasy Land, No. 3, Flight




Every once and a while, I like to take a less than perfect photo and transform it either totally or partially into a piece of abstract art. In its more real form, the photo was too blurry, not quite focused enough, and the background too drab. But in abstract art, the blurry, the lack of focus, and drab backgrounds can be transformed to communicate feelings and emotions in a way that nothing else does.

How would you title this picture? When you click on this picture to see the larger size, would your title change?

The following original untouched photo was added to this post on April 6 around 4:30 p.m. for comparison's sake.


More thoughts to come later in the comments section or perhaps depending on the response in another post.

11 comments:

cher said...

brings to mind the thought: flapping as hard as I can, to stay in one place!

nice photo....!

Ginnie said...

Or "I'm dancing as fast as I can!"

Kristi said...

"hovering between real and fantasy"

Claire said...

I don't have a title (I've never been so good at that), but manipulated or no, that's a very cool photo. I like the blurred effect.

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, cher, ginnie, and kristi. I love your titles. Hopefully more people will give theirs also. I'll comment more later. :) Do note though that I added the original picture near the bottom of this same post for comparison's sake.

Thanks, "the dork". I am honored by your visit and your complement. Good to hear from you.

Godknows said...

what's kind of your camera? Such great photos.

San Nakji said...

I actually think that your original it wonderful as it is.

As for a title? Effortless Effort

Ginnie said...

I LOVE the original, Tim. I like how you doctored it up in the first photo but your original definitely stands alone just like it it!

Crystal said...

I love this re-touched photo--very dramatic and almost "angry". That little bird has a lot of passion and this photo is worthy of being framed and hung!

Tim Rice said...

Thanks, godknows. I recently acquired the Canon EOS 30D - a digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex). Excellent camera but having the right zoom lens or lenses also helps.

Thanks, san nakji. The original photo is okay but for me its most significant weakness is the fuzziness and color of its background. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder. :)

Thanks, ginnie. Glad you like the original. Somehow, it just does not sit right me, doesn't strike the right chord.

Thanks, crystal. I'm glad it speaks to you. And I like how you described it.

Tim Rice said...

To give more of my thoughts on this retouched photo, I'm going to first list the titles or responses that other people gave it so far.

1) flapping as hard as I can, to stay in one place
2) I'm dancing as fast as I can!
3) hovering between real and fantasy
4) effortless effort
5) very dramatic and almost "angry"; much passion

Mostly as I was working with this picture, I was thinking about how hard this bird was trying to get away. I was behind a bird blind; but I think it heard some noises from there.

This bird was scared and its actions made for a blurrier picture which artistically is neither good or bad in itself. But it also makes me think how when I let life scare me how blurred my view of life often becomes at that time. Fear blurs my picture. Fear distorts.