“Extraordinary magic is woven through ordinary life. Look around!”
Amy Leigh Mercree
This week we’ve been challenged to focus on ordinary objects made extraordinary. As Cheri notes, many of us are drawn to see beauty in the mundane. Often times while shooting I will visualize an effect I may want to apply in post-processing. The rowboat above is a good example. In reality, the interior of the boat was painted a horrid shade of blue, and the dock behind it had some strange colors I cannot imagine ever having existed in the natural world! Looking at the composition in color, one might simply pass it by. Converting it to sepia and adding a bit of texture can give it a more old-world feeling – transforming it into a more interesting bit of nostalgia.
“Refuse to be an extraordinary person trapped in an ordinary life.”
My eye was drawn to the second boat because of the field of gentle flowers surrounding it. While I liked the shot in color, I felt it was improved by conversion to a soft sepia. To me, the scene’s lighting evoked a feeling of lazy days gone by and memories of long afternoons spent enjoying the warmth of summer sun.
“The world is divided into the ordinary and the extraordinary. The problem is deciding which is which.”
My sense is that the artists among us see the world not only as it exists, but also as it might become when handled with creativity and care. The magic of today’s tools is that they allow us to translate the ordinary into something that conveys our own artistic vision. I offer one final example in today’s header image, which to me offers a glimpse into the moody magic of Scotland’s lovely landscapes as they might have been portrayed in years past.
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