Instead of writing

Nine days do go, and it now looks like I’ll have a tough time hitting my ten stories goal for the month. 

It’s my fault, really; I can’t blame life or even other people. 

Take this evening, for instance. 

I happened upon this photo . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

. . . and rather than continue writing the story I started yesterday evening (I have three lines written) I began playing with the photo.

First I cropped it . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

Then I ran my usual processing plus a bit of a kick . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

Then I wondered what it would look like in B&W . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

That’s one of many I ran . . . that’s the one I kept because I wanted to combine layers. I also kept this one.

Yellowstone June 2015Then I brought the color version and the two B&W versions into Photoshop and played with combining them as layers using various blend modes.

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

Yellowstone June 2015

Then I had the idea of practicing making a mask . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

Then I played with the mask but was not happy with anything I did . . . until I brought this shot into the file.


My first pass at the sky-monster almost got me what I wanted . . . 

Yellowstone June 2015

The second blending option gave me what I wanted. Not that I knew ahead of time what I wanted; I just kept moving sliders around until I saw what I wanted.

Yellowstone June 2015

What is it, you ask? 

Isn’t it obvious? It’s an excuse not to write. 

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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22 Responses to Instead of writing

  1. I like the original when you cropped it, but the last one is certainly very … creative, yes that’s the word.


  2. oneowner says:

    It’s a good excuse.


  3. PiedType says:

    That’s no excuse; that’s an intense creative exercise. Always worthwhile. And the final picture is fascinating. Looks like the wood is on fire.


  4. colonialist says:

    I am in awe. And with a serious attack of envy. Wish I could play layers like that.


  5. Good excuse! Wow! I think these photos would be groovy and far-out even if I wasn’t on meds!
    Wow! I love that last one…the way you layered it! and the shots of the blue water are spectacular and sparkly!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  6. It is that it is a good excuse, because you are still in “creative land”, putting your skills into motion. Not in writing but in images. Maybe this is what fuels your inspiration to write afterwards.
    I guarantee you that you are inspiring me to read, study more about post processing and practice it. But that doesn’t help you writing! ;-)
    Almost forgot to say, once again, that you impress me with your post processing mastery.


  7. Aquileana says:

    Stunning … the last shot made me think of a creature of an Ancient World so to speak….
    A truly remarkable job… Best wishes. Aquileana 🍓


  8. AnnMarie says:

    If you ask me, and you did, that’s a fantastic last shot! Just keep them creative juices flowing!

    P.S. I got a kick out of colonialist’s comments.

    Liked by 1 person

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