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Thomas Dreams of Desert Mallows

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La Bête d’Orange…

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Thomas Sleeps on Orchids (in His Dreams)

Workflow is everything! One step forward, two steps back… I’m not really sure how that translates into progress, but I definitely know what it feels like! With a coherent workflow, I can move around and edit everything in a nice non-destructive manner… So, steps forward and back are all good, and I can trace, retrace, and restart to my hearts content. Thomas is healthy and the desert keeps him warm, life is good.

The original orchid photo used in this piece was taken many years ago.

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Thomas the Cat Sunbathing in Orange, Gold, and Rose

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It’s not a trick question.

I think, imho, the outlines in the leaves of the background look like gold, but there is no gold, it’s a trick on the eyes! Because there is no such thing as gold in the RBG color space. Digital gold is simply various shades of yellow (a gradient) in juxtaposition to one another. There be digital gold in them thar’ hills!

ka_20160729_groundCloverThis effect is also ,of course, more pronounced when the resolution is a little higher. The proximity and gradient of the yellow in contrast to the oranges really make it look like gold. This would be amazing printed with gold accent ink!

The other thought, was the very Japanese block-printy feel—or, like patterns on origami squares. That wasn’t necessarily planned, it just sort of happened. Photoshop really is an amazing tool to learn about color… Hmmm, Japanese kimono, or a botanical Serigraph?

The background is, actually, an interpretation of some lovely ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea) pictures taken from our backyard in Maine. Interestingly, another name for ground ivy is catsfoot! (Also, it’s not an ivy but part of the mint family.)

I am reminded of warm, sunny days in Maine when we would work in the garden and the cats would find their spot, and bask in the sun outside. Sometimes we would find them snoozing, almost hidden in ground ivy, which has a way of popping up everywhere…

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Prickly Pear Cactus Flower

The most collaboration we’ve put into a picture yet! I’m working the camera, and Karla’s working the Ipad remote, checking the focus and exposure, so that we could combine multiple images into this interpretive HDR. Our new Sony a6000 rocks… seriously.

For months, G and I hiked up the mountains looking at flowers and identifying ‘new’ species (new to us). Each hike took a few hours…with the backpack…the camera…camera equipment…snacks…and water…lots of water. We would set our at dawn and, sometimes, return home in the afternoon. No, we are not crazy; but we are, dedicated.

So imagine our surprise when we spotted this beauty in the Sculpture Garden at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert. Since we were in picture taking mode, we brought our camera and equipment everywhere.

 

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Apricot globe mallow

We found this beautiful little flower along the drainage ditch on the way to the sculpture garden, and had to stop for a look! It’s hard to get the light right when the sun is directly overhead, without blowing out the highlights, or a mass of specular highlights. I like the color, it reminds me of this sunny day.

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If, we, ran into some flowers at the Art Museum parking lot…

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Orange Dancing

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Autumn’s End