Imagination – What do you see?

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There’s a children’s picture book series out on the horizon called the “The Cloud Seekers”, written by Robert L. Calixto.  It’s still in the early stages due out next year but the concept is about a group of friends who explore the possibilities in what takes shape in the clouds.  A simple concept, reminiscent of a time I remember and certainly fun to share with little ones.

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Cloud Light

DSCF0055This Mother of a cloud illuminates and reflects off the water with the Channel Islands and an offshore platform in the distance. Taken 1-3-05 at 5:54 PM, just north of Refugio Beach State Park, CA.  The cool thing about this image for me is that my Mother and I watched this scene for about half an hour as the light dissipated from the cloud.

Shadows & Highlights

_MG_2354_1I’ve always been fascinated by how much a print technician can do to bring out dynamic range in prints from film through basic “dodge & burn” darkroom techniques.  The collaboration between a printer who usually has never been to the locations photographed but can interpret what the photographer saw is a creative process many photographers depended on.  Now with the digital process a photographer can experiment with dynamic range in images that bridge to the surreal.  This image is tweaked with an exaggerated Shadow/Highlight & Contrast layers in Photoshop.  There is software that will take images to the creative extremes like in this blog site:

http://www.stuckincustoms.com/hdr-software/