Lens-Artists Challenge #243 – It’s Tricky

colorful, abstract
Guess What!

“Burst and swirl and fly around, their wings shining with all the colors of the universe.”

Kacen Callender

Traditionally in many countries including the U.S., April 1 is called “April Fool’s Day”. There are many speculations on how and why it came to be – I’ll leave it to you to do your own Google-search! In any case, our guest host this week, Donna of Wind Kisses, has definitely set us a tricky challenge. You must visit her post to see how a true artist approaches such a subject! For me, this one really was a stretch. I decided to depend entirely on Photoshop to put my response together, starting with the image above. Can you identify the subject? If not I promise an answer at the end of today’s post.

horses, bird, trick
The Nose Knows !!

“The smaller the creature, the bolder its spirit.”

Suzy Kaseem

Well you have to admit, if a toucan ended up in front of two huge western horses, there would certainly be a bit of curiosity aroused! Perhaps a nasal comparison would be in order in light of the prominence of the feature in both species. In any case, to have such a meeting would be pretty tricky, don’t you think?!

alligator, turtle, trick
Reptilian Relatives

“We do not know how to live with these carnivorous beasts and poisonous reptiles because of our ignorance.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Every so often I learn something new as I am researching for my blog. This week I learned that turtles and alligators are indeed very close relatives within the reptile family. I will admit I’ve never seen them face to face as in the tricky image above, but many times I’ve seen them hanging out together around Kiawah’s ponds and lagoons. Also, the turtle I chose is actually newly-hatched and was nowhere near the size I made him. I suppose turtles do not fear alligators because their protective shell would make them a less-than desirable meal!

Monkeys, Africa
Monkey See Monkey Do

“Don’t take yourself so seriously. You’re just a monkey with a plan.”

Naval Ravikant

One might think the larger monkey on the left has his eye on the smaller one on his right, but NO, this is just another trick on my part. While both were chomping down in they same field of delicious flowers, they were actually nowhere near each other. I thought this image made the larger male look rather predatory and the smaller a bit flirtatious but in fact neither attitude is true. Interesting how deceptive we can be while playing tricks, isn’t it? Remember that the next time someone grabs your attention with a suspicious online image or story!

whale, fishermen, tricky, P/S
Fisherman’s Nightmare

“People fish because they are searching for something. Often it is not for a fish.”

Fennel Hudson

I’ll just let your imagination play with my final image above 😊. If nothing else, I’m sure my husband will get a kick out of it! Thankfully, fishing for whales is strictly forbidden except for s very few indigenous tribes or via April Fools photo trickery!

Thanks to Donna for this week’s tricky challenge. Be sure to check out her amazing post, and to link your responses to it here. Thanks also to Anne for last week’s New Experiences challenge. It was fun reading about the many experiences you described and illustrated for us. Next week we’re excited to welcome Guest Host Siobhan of Bend Branches so be sure to check out her post at noon EST next Saturday. In the meanwhile, please remember to stay safe, be kind, and enjoy the journey.

Wondering about my opening image? It’s a P/S twist of an oversized rubber peacock at a zoo. Here’s the actual image:

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61 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Challenge #243 – It’s Tricky

  1. Ha, love your take with this post ~ the first and final photo are perfect. The last one reminds me of the time(s) I walked through other fisherman’s lines when I was a kid… it where I learned curse words at a young age 🙂 And great philosophy here, too ~ never take the world or yourself too seriously; we are all monkeys without a plan… I like that 🙂

    • LOL happily the turtle was perfectly fine and actually made his way successfully to the sea. The last image was an afterthought and happily my husband got a real kick out of it!

  2. Ohhh…you are full of trickery this week, Tina! I guessed the first image was a peacock, but I had no idea it was made from rubber! Great PS work. I love the color swirls in that first image and your “sleights of hand” in the others. I hope all’s well.

    • Thanks Patti – yes I guess the peacock didn’t fool many of us but I did have fun with it because it was so colorful. This week was more challenging for me than most but it did push me to play a bit with P/S – a healthy way to exercise the brain LOL.

  3. Wonderful images for April Fools day, Tina! Nice tricks with your photo editing as well as those images depicting the theme. Love the horses and toucan! No tricks yesterday as beautiful spring weather here in San Diego enveloped us while enjoying my daughter’s wedding! Their theme: “why do fools fall in love?”

  4. Some clever tricks here Tina – the orca and fishermen especially made me smile 😀 And I almost guessed your first photo – my initial thought was peacock but the colours looked wrong so I was thinking rooster instead.

    • Thanks Sarah – the orca was actually an afterthought – not sure now what made me think of it but I did laugh at my husband’s face as he saw the whale so I cracked myself up with that one LOL. As for the peacock I was thinking the multiple colors would throw people off so thanks for that!

  5. Love love this post… the peacock is wonderful and I learned something about those turtles which we have watched thru the years being more than neighborly with their gator pals who occupy the same space! Guess too crunchy!

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  7. You made this fun, Tina. I love the color and the humor you brought to the challenge. Your gift is photography. period. The creativity behind these tricky images is genius. The look natural even though they are not supposed. I really love the monkeys and the story you brought with it. Honestly, the orca reminded me of my years kayaking in the pnw. I was always on alert for that very photo. LOL instead just attracted a bunch of seals and seal lions. All these photos are fantastic and true words of art!

    • Many thanks Donna – your challenge pushed me (and others!) to think out of the box and while I wouldn’t want to do it all the time, it’s great to be pushed now and then! I did have fun with it once I got started, and am enjoying seeing what others chose this week. As for the orca, we actually were nearly capsized in a zodiac during our Alaska adventure, and we saw 3 people in a small rowboat nearly capsized in Mexico, so it DOES happen!!

      • I have also enjoyed the submissions. And honestly, even though it was my idea, it challenged me a bit too. And thats good to stretch a bit. Projects like this make you realize where our personality is. Yours playful. So interesting to hear you had an encounter with an orca. Scary, but a story to tell for sure. Thanks for your encouragement, Tina

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