“Joy in looking and comprehending is nature’s most beautiful gift.”
Today’s Daily Post has suggested we select a photograph to demonstrate the concept of “gift”. Albert Einstein and I agree that nature continutally gifts us with wonderful surprises. In an effort to deliver a small gift to my subscribers, I’ve turned some of my favorite nature shots into “orbs” for a unique take on the challenge.
“What reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?”
Pedro Calderon de la Barca
In the orb above we see two egret faces surrounded by their beautiful feathers. This one is a nod to Skinnywench for her word-a-week challenge, Face.
“Instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend.”
Flowers are often given as a gift, and indeed they are a wonderful subject for an orb. Above we see the glories of a deep purple iris transformed into a perfect circle.
“Every gift which is given, even though it be small, is in reality great, if it is given with affection.”
Orbs can be created from most any photograph although you never quite know what will work until you’ve tried. Some that seemed promising were quite a disappointment, while others, such as the vegetables from a farm stand in Provence, were a very nice surprise.
“Find out what your gift is and nurture it.”
And although it is not a gift from nature, I’ve included one of my favorite shots, “umbrellas” to show that perhaps the most important element of a photograph for creating an interesting orb is the presence of color. As an added bonus, if the image has a graphical quality, so much the better.
My thanks to my friend Ann Gridly for her tutorial on orb-making, and to the Kiawah Island Photography Club for their continued focus on expanding our photographic horizons .