“Progress and motion are not synonymous.”
Those who follow me know I have missed very few Weekly Challenges. Last week, however, I was away for a family event in beautiful Charlottesville, VA during which I was the “designated” photographic chronicler of events. It was great fun, but definitely diverted me from my usual activities. My apologies to those who commented on my last post, as I never did get to either responding or return visits. I’m finally just about caught up with all of the things I didn’t do while I was away, and Jen’s challenge is on my list.
My niece was enchanted by these two runaway chickens during our outing so I’ve chosen to feature them in the midst of their forward motion.
“Unlike clocks, hours have no reverse motion.”
Most of my photography was events-oriented during the week, so I thought it might be interesting to feature some “before and after” images of the few of the nature shots I took. Above, I chose a texture that gave the chicks a bit of a retro feel. What do you think?
“Life is in infinite motion. At the same time it is motionless.”
Across the street from the home in which we stayed, there was a beautiful garden with the most amazing tulips in full bloom. The shot above captures some of their glorious color as originally shot. Below, two different versions of the same bloom.
“Life is a full circle, widening until it joins the circle motions of the infinite.”
After seeing the results of the slightly bolder version, I stepped a bit further outside the box, and came up with this impression.
“Never confuse motion with action.”
The tulips were resting against a time-worn fence which is the scene that first caught my eye. So speaking of outside the box, how about this edit? Must admit I may have gone a bit overboard with this one 😊
“Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.”
Here’s the original of the Blue Tulips shot. I find it interesting to see how images can “feel” different as they are altered through editing, don’t you think? I’ve had some fun working with these shots, but now it’s back to reality and catching up with some far less interesting tasks.
“Colors answer feeling in man; shapes answer thought; and motion answers will.”
Motion need not be purely physical. Our minds stay fresh by learning new things and incorporating them–keeping our brains in motion as well as our bodies. For me, practicing some of the editing techniques I learned a few weeks ago is a good example of “Use it or Lose it”! To see how some other bloggers interpreted this one, click here.