It begins in a field . . .

. . . specifically, this field.

That’s an unedited photo from the Nikon P900 of a field in the Crab Orchard Lake Wildlife Refuge.  It was an overcast day with intermittent rain (it wasn’t raining when I snapped this). I think I mentioned it before that my sole purpose in snapping this and other photos was to see what famous painters could do with them. 

Edward Hopper

Of course, that’s an easy one . . . what would someone do with an out of focus photo?

I mean, the plants are in focus but the subject I was shooting isn’t. To be fair, it was a long way off and I’m shooting at the P900’s maximum zoom. 

Painters have it easy, you see; they don’t have to worry about focus and stuff. In fact, their audiences expect “fuzziness” . . . 

Monet

My out of focus photo would be scorned and ridiculed but the above would be revered and sought-after. Go figure. 

I did a little better with this effort . . . 

. . . and — to be fair — some painters do try to represent what they see. 

Van Gogh

Here’s a subject marred by an unwelcomed obstruction.

Painters can just ignore the obstruction and paint only what they want the viewers to see. Well, you know what? I can do the same thing!

The magic of Photoshop

I did this on the quick so if one looks carefully one can see the tell-tale signs of something gone missing . . . but I could have taken a few extra minutes and blended in the change so that one would only know about it if they saw the original . . . which I provided. 

Remember the Robin’s nest and the three chicks? This is probably not one of them but this is what they would have looked like as they waited for their wings to strengthen enough to fly with speed, altitude, and confidence.

That’s another shot at a distance and with obstacles in the way. I could spend 30-45 minutes removing the fuzzy bar but, instead, I’ll ask you imagine what the photo would look like without the bar in the way. That way, if you fail, it’s your fault. 

Sometimes, the P900 really surprises me.

I was outside (with the P900) and I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye. Something had flown to a branch in deep shade and about 30 yards away (measured using Google Earth). Not a huge distance but the lighting was poor. I snapped a photo of a bird I could barely make out . . . 

It’s not a fantastic photo but it amazed the shi . . . er . . . it pleasantly surprised me. Better still, I also got this shot. 

Because of the deep shade and the fact I limit the ISO, the shutter speed was too slow to freeze the action . . . but what amazed me was the fact the feet are still on the branch. That’s the instant it spread its wings and just before it launched forward. 

I mean, nothing to sell to a museum but I like both shots.

By the way, here’s some music to carry you through some of what follows. Not related to what follows, but it’s interesting (at least to me).

This is the first photo of a hummer at our new place. Not great, but it’s a decent beginning to what I hope will be many more.

The little rascal (a female, by the looks of it) was guarding both our feeders and was not letting at least one other hummer to feed.

For them not familiar with my prior hummingbird efforts . . . HERE you go.  

Some of our shrubs are flowering . . . 

We are slowly adding some potted plants . . . 

But I’m not sure we’ll do a repeat of the perennials we used to have. For one, the current landscaping is not conducive to it unless I want to redo all of the cultivated areas . . . and I don’t. 

Mind you, we’ll have flowers enough to take care of my photographic urges. 

And now something different . . . remember the app JWildFire Mini?

Well, I took a crop of that image and played with it in Paper Artist (Android App).

Eh! . . . it kept me occupied for a few minutes here and there. 

You know, when I wasn’t shooting the moon . . . 

May 13, 2019

By the way, you can click on any of the photos for a larger version. 

These next two shots were taken in the daytime, hence the light background. 

May 14, 2019

These next shots were taken after dark . . . 

May 16, 2019
May 17, 2019

The thinking was to end with the full moon . . . but two obstacles prevented me from completing my effort. One, the full moon on the 18th occurred at 5:41 pm, at which time the moon had yet to rise. Two, when it did rise, it was behind a veil of clouds. Oh well; perhaps next month.

Remember the pissed-off egg? Here’s an artistic version of it:

Remember the pirate ship from the previous post? No? Perhaps you should go back and revisit that post. Regardless, here are two variations of it using Topaz Glow and Topaz Impression.

That’s right; I repurpose photos. I even did a version with Paper Artist.

In fact, I played with Paper Artist and Topaz Plugins a lot during recent opportunities deriving from me having to sit and wait for stuff and things. 

Many of the photos were the ones I used in the previous post; you know, the ones from the Antiques Store visit. 

Like, for instance, the clown (which I know scares some people) . . . 

. . . and the Aboriginal man . . . 

And the Japanese Painting . . . 

By the way, did you know that Illinois drivers (or, at least, Southern Illinois drivers) are some of the worst drivers I’ve seen when it comes to not obeying the speed limit? I think Illinois could solve its fiscal woes in a month if they just started ticketing speeders. I mean, they have these signs in construction zones that say the speed is enforced by cameras . . . except it’s obvious there are no cameras (or cops) anywhere near. 

. . . honest, I don’t understand why I can’t have rocket launchers mounted on my car; I’d solve the speeding problem pretty quick. 

Anyway, here are more of those photos treated to various effects and filters.

The non-Indian Indian . . . 

Some flowers . . . 

A portion of a door’s metallic decorative feature . . . 

Of course, the skull . . . 

Looking good, Bob.

The old cars I’d photographed in Marion . . . 

But, I was also mindful of stuff from days gone . . .

Fall Foliage in B&W and treated to Paper Artist.

A relic from Cripple Creek Gold Rush era . . . 

These next two shots are related by the common theme of Yellowstone Park’s famous waterfall . . . 

Last, but not least, a haunted Radiometer. 

So, it’s late and I need to get some sleep so I’ll wrap this up with a gallery of the above photos. 

What was the point, you ask? Well, I’ve been sporadically posting and wanted to do a “heartbeat” post, letting readers know I’m still alive, still committed to keeping the blog alive, and still producing stuff few people care about.

Goodnight. 

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

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