Monday, February 06, 2006

no recap

I haven't gotten around to recap .... it's so much easier to go out instead.


At 8:37 PM PST, Blogger ansie said...

Beautiful, so soft and gentle.


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Thursday, February 02, 2006


oh, the horror of it all! - 2 versions

I'm trying to figure out where I am with this. What's it all about. That's my goal for February, what's this all about. I figured "the horror of it all" is a good place to start. Figuring out anything seems so difficult, almost terrifying. And putting anything into words is even more difficult.

Will start tomorrow (my usual excuse) :)


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Tuesday, January 24, 2006


I remember summer

I think I'm fascinated right now with the concept of working with textures. An old concept for sure, but it never struck me before that I could make my own textures! I've been walking all over the house trying to find "texture" images. I'm waiting for a good bright day to go and find textures all over town.

This is another combination of two images, one of a pink gerbera in a blue vase in the kitchen window (w/b way off, +2 full F-stops, not particularily in focus) and another of a little part of the ceiling in one of the rooms. It's upside down because I like it that way (saves me the trouble of standing on my head to look at it).


At 2:17 PM PST, Blogger Mr. Gone said...

this is solid work. This one could be a valentine's day card. GREAT!

-Mr. Gone


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Saturday, January 21, 2006


Neil, you're right. It is all about feelings.

Tonight I felt very lonely. My husband is away teaching in Nicaragua for two weeks, the weather has been dreadful, and I have a cold. I tried to make a picture of how I feel, lonely, homesick, tired - like walking outside by myself at night, looking in windows, wishing to be part of something beautiful and warm.

I had made some pictures of a wet window earlier today, thinking to use them as textures, and tonight I made this picture of a candle, the background colours are the TV. To me, they put in picture sort of my mood tonight, although, just making this image has gotten me in a much, much better mood. Go figure.


At 2:51 AM PST, Blogger Marius Muscalu said...

nice photo...


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Friday, January 20, 2006


I was so happy that the thread was alive again, that I decided to make a bunch of doubles. All are from image made in the last 10 days.

Comments, as usual, are very welcome and much appreciated.


At 8:45 PM PST, Blogger Neil said...

Well all three of these work well for me, though I'm most fond of the bottom one. I think it's a matter of color though, and not subject or technique.

It's interesting that you asked the question on the last one as to whether or not these need to tell a store. I like all three of these, but I have a harder time convincing myself they are impressionistic. That may be because, to me, they don't really extrapolate something about the "object" that I personally see more when I see something with a motion blur. But I think by at least FP's definition, it's impressionistic if it carries your impressions!

At 4:57 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The bottom one is great!


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playing with moss


A "multi", a blending of four separate images, 3 of the same clump of moss, one of a different one. I think it's funny how the mosses look like matches with all the red heads.


I think what I really need to figure out is, "What is the point of any of these images?" What in the world am I trying to say with them, beyond that I think moss is absolutely fascinating. Or does it matter? What is the "essense" of these images?

Or, from a slightly different point of view, can a visually pleasing design stand on its own, without a story, especially over time?


At 8:40 PM PST, Blogger Neil said...

Hi Ursula. I like the effect on this, though I think it would be nice to somehow get rid of the white at lower right.

What's the point, you asked. It's impressionism. It's supposed to evoke feelings, or show your own feelings, or your impression of something! It doesn't have to tell a story. At least that's my story, and I'm sticking to it ;


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Wednesday, January 11, 2006

mushroom in the sky

Composites of two different images are a lot more difficult to make than I expected. This is a composite of a closeup of a little mushroom in some moss and a picture of a couple clouds.


At 12:16 PM PST, Anonymous Kavey said...

This really is a beautiful image - it works incredibly well. Something about the softness added by the clouds to something as delicate and small as the mushroom makes this very magical. Perhaps because mushrooms (or at least, toadstools) are associated with fairies and fairylands, perhaps just the ephemeral nature that the clouds inevitably add...

At 9:59 PM PST, Blogger peter said...

I do like this a lot. nice work and creativity.

At 4:20 AM PST, Anonymous ansie said...

This is so dainty and beautiful!I agree with Kavey, fairies must live here!


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Wednesday, January 04, 2006


Another multi:


At 12:09 AM PST, Anonymous langdon said...

wow, i like this.

At 12:09 AM PST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ilike it too. I immediately thought of a Mary Pratt painting ; think it was the light.

At 11:52 PM PDT, Blogger ansie said...

This is really inspiring!


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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

the blues

Winter is long, and there's so much blue ....


Digital double exposure, same image (closeup of a glass Christmas ornament), twice, once flipped both horizontally and vertically; blended in normal at background = 100%, layer 2 = 50%.

"landscape in smoke"

Digital double exposure: the Columbia close to Northport, WA and a closeup of smoke from in incense stick, blended in normal second layer (smoke) at 34%.

"rain on pines"

Attempt at "impressionism" right out of the camera. Closeup of a pine branch by the river, in the rain, evening light.


At 10:37 PM PST, Blogger Gordon said...

Beautiful once again.

I think I'm coming back to this after the christmas crazyness.

At 12:19 PM PST, Anonymous Kavey said...

"Landscape in smoke" is an absolute winner... the smoke creates such an interesting frame to the landscape behind it - you've positioned it such that the areas of most interest in the landscape fall into the areas between the smokey swhorls and that just works for me. I really like this very much!


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Monday, December 19, 2005

Monday's vase

In my kitchen window

I was reading an article by Patterson in an older PhotoLife magazine last night, and he mentioned that it didn't matter to him "how" the final product was achieved (in camera, as a slide sandwich, in post-processing), so I figured I could try with one picture again.

This one I made yesterday morning - vase in my kitchen window, backlit from reflected light (reflected off snow in the backyard). Layered background and 3 copies of the picture, copies blurred using motion blurr, and blended at 50, 33, and 25 in normal. Comments appreciated as usual.


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Sunday, December 18, 2005

After the pause

I took some time out from photo impressionism. I think I'm getting back into it. Last night we were in church, and this is the result:

Composite of three images, two way out of focus, one more or less in focus. All made at ISO 1600, ambient light, 105mm macro lens at F2.8, aperture priority.


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Friday, November 25, 2005

snowy friday

"the old bridge"

"fall in winter"

Two composites using methods described in chapter 2.

The first (the bridge picture) is a composite of one clear/one much lighter oof image, although in this case I did the oofocusing digitally using gaussian blur, lightening with curves; blended at 50% in normal.

The second is the same image twice, second layer flipped both vertically and horizontally, blended in normal at 50%.


At 5:28 PM PST, Blogger tc_martin said...

It is hard to kee pup with you Ursula :) These two are great and it is obvious that you are becoming quite accomplished. Now that you have done so much experimentation, using your new talent, I would love for you to use this to tell a personal story is the form of "the old bridge", drop-moss-leaf, and "afternoon chores".

At 8:14 PM PST, Blogger ursula said...

Thank you!

A story, with all three of those? Oh boy. That'd be hard. I'm not a writer. And anything personal is even harder :)

At 8:42 PM PST, Blogger tc_martin said...

Its just that I hate gratuitous pictures. I want something from the artist to come out of be there just waiting for me to find. Those three that you have taken and I have mentioned are the type of photos that hang with me. They have so much potential to tell a whole story. I wasn;t thinking all three to be embedded, rather making use of thr style of the three to paint us a picture of something you wanted to say or share.

At 10:32 PM PST, Blogger ursula said...

OK, that makes sense. But I tend to not think in stories, more in impressions.

The old bridge really is the old bridge over the Columbia, in Trail, BC. I've been looking at the bridge ever since we moved here almost 2 years ago, especially on rainy days, because it is so shiny then. I wanted to give a feel for its shininess, and how the houses on the West Trail hill look so tiny hanging there, even though they are very close. This is the kind of bridge that you want to go on, but it's scarey, because you can see the dark, cold waters between your feet as you walk across, and if a car comes by, the bridge shakes, and creaks, and on rainy days, you can just imagine yourself falling into the Columbia, and everything would be dark and cold and shiny.

The "drop/moss/leaf" is simply stuff that I see all the time on the trails. There's a lot of moss around here, and it's beautiful, and often there are water droplets close by, not on the moss, but close - they are very useful for out of focus light spots. The leaves tend to be further away and paler, like background textures, but not really quite there. That's all I was thinking of, stuff I see on the trails.

"Afternoon chores", I was sitting at the bottom of one of the covered staircases that are everywhere here, watching the light play with the street and weeds and rocks, and this boy comes by with his paper delivery bag, so I took his picture walking away, then this father/son came walking up the street, and the son was also carrying a paper delivery bag, the father was carrying a briefcase or something like that, and they were just gently walking and talking, and the sun made such beautiful colours all around them, it was just so peaceful and gentle, sort of like life should be all the time. I though if I put the two pictures together I could maybe give a bit of the feel of the gentle warm afternoon sun, and the friendship between parents and children, and stuff like that. I don't know if it works for others, but it sort of works for me - it's like walking into a tunnel where the air is warm and pleasant and glowy.

I don't know if this will make sense to you, but its more or less the "stories" behind the composites.

May I ask, is that what's bothering you about your pictures, making composites without there being a strong thought behind it to build it up?

At 1:19 AM PST, Blogger tc_martin said...

You see all of those words were in those pictures. That's why those are so great. You had something in mind when you took the shots and you wanted to tell or show how you feel about something. The notion of a story or a mood being behind those really comes through and I think that is why I like them so much.

Some of these shots we are taking as we work through the book are just to get a feel for the process. I think you are moving forward now and are using the process to tell your story. I am still stuck back at just taking shots. I also feel a little rushed. On DPC I need the whole week for a challenge to let the concept and idea grow in my head before I set out to capture it. Here I am still at the try it stage and haven't yet found a way to integrate it into something I want to say. Does that make any sense at all?

At 3:18 PM PST, Blogger ursula said...

It does.

Thanks a big bunch!

At 6:01 PM PST, Blogger clp69 said...

I love the nostalgic feel of the first one. I've only tried this technique with things, mainly plants, that are quite colourful. This is another approach that I will have to try. With winter setting in it will be a great time to try it.

At 9:51 PM PST, Blogger Soni said...

Wow, I love all these shots in this blog. I'll be back for sure.


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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

cloudy tuesday


Composite of two images made seconds apart, one in focus normal exposure, the second completely out of focus exposure set to F +1. I am trying to imitate one of the effects talked about in Chapter 2. The two images were blended as follows:

  1. base layer (in focus photo) at 100%
  2. second layer (out of focus photo) at 100% in soft light
  3. third layer (out of focus photo again) at 50% in normal

As usual, comments, suggestions for improvement, ideas are welcome.


At 12:53 PM PST, Blogger Neil said...

I like the effect here. I've done this technique with long exposures--shoot in focus and while exposed, change the ring. I'll have to try it with a double layer too!

At 12:56 PM PST, Blogger ursula said...

Thank you, Neil. I've never tried it "in camera", never thought of it. Your idea is great - I will try that also.

At 9:56 PM PST, Blogger clp69 said...

Nice texture and colour. I'll have to try your blending method. Here are a couple others that also work...

1) one image sharp +2ev, one out of focus +1 ev, blend the layers with multiply

2) one image sharp and one image out of focus, both at proper exposure and blend with overlay. Most work at 100% though I have done some with lesser opacity.

At 9:37 PM PST, Blogger Gordon said...

Wow - that's breathtaking. Beautiful light in the final image. I've seen this one in focus/ one out of focus technique used a lot on flowers and find it starts getting a bit cliched there, but this is exceptionally good in this case.


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Monday, November 21, 2005

monday monday

A blend of three different images: a drop on a blade of grass, some dried moss, and a maple leaf. No relation, except that all three were found close to a backroad in Trail, BC (lower in elevation, no snow yet).

A blend of 8 images of a cross-country skier. I blended layers 2-8 at 50/layer# (rather than 100/layer#) in normal mode. Images made yesterday close to Rossland, BC.


At 9:16 AM PST, Blogger clp69 said...

The first image is wonderful. Even though the objects are unrelated, the colours, shapes and textures blend very nicely.

The second, I think needs more visibility to the out of register images to provide a better sense of motion.

Looks like winter has descended into the Kootenays already. We're still experiencing springlike (14C) weather.

At 9:57 AM PST, Blogger ursula said...

Thank you!

Yeah, we've had Winter for a couple weeks, the Snow Kingdom is white, down here in the Columbia lowlands we're brown and grey.

About the xcountry skier picture, I did that on purpose, one picture clear the others barely visible - I wasn't trying for a movement sense so much as for a "what does it feel to cross-country ski in fog". I guess I didn't get it - back to work, Ursula :))) . Trying for a sense of motion is a good idea. Thanks for the comments!

At 5:25 PM PST, Blogger tc_martin said...

The drop-moss-and-leaf is wonderful. Not to say that the other one isn't, rather I am just attracted to this one. I would like to see a little more of the leaf. You are finding great ways to tell stories with this technique.


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Saturday, November 19, 2005

just one more for chapter 1

"winter dreams"

The weather has been miserable today, not just miserable, but that heavy cold grey that makes you wish you lived elsewhere. So I started playing with pictures from September. This is a composite of three close-ups of a little purple flower by the Columbia. I am cheating though, I cropped the finished composite picture.


At 12:56 PM PST, Blogger Neil said...

Love this one in particular Ursula. The shapes are really complemented by the yellow "background".

I'm working my way down your blog, and I see you've been busy! I haven't had much time to spend either shooting or commenting yet, I'll have to get back to it!


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chapter 1 - resumen

Chapter 1 talked about 2 different kinds of multi-exposures, (1) many exposures of the same subject, slightly off register for each subsequent exposure; (2) two or more exposures of different subjets.

Both methods use a single piece of film for the result (no sandwiching). The first and biggest problem is that neither method can be replicated in digital camera at this time. So the question for me immediately became, can I replicate results using digital camera methods, and how.

The answer for me is, "No, I can't. Not really. It's not the same."

But what I can work on is the ideas behind these multiple exposure images. I can work on textures and beautiful soft images, create mood, make dream/nightmare composites, work on abstracting what really makes something what it is. For the ideas it doesn't matter whether it's film or digital.

Anyway, these are my thoughts at the end of chapter 1. And a couple more experiments:

"driving by the cinema"

"first snow"



At 7:33 PM PST, Blogger Gordon said...

Another 3 stunning images.

Is the 'first snow' image a multiple exposure ?

At 10:36 PM PST, Blogger ursula said...

Thank you.

Yes, "first snow" is 2 images, one of a ridge of pines with new snow, the other of a mountainside with mixed trees and brownish growth, also with new snow. The ridge is part of the backside of Red Mountain by Rossland (the backside of the ski resort), the second picture is about 20 kilometres away, by Nancy Greene Pass (I don't know the name of that mountain).

I cheated though, it wasn't the first snow, it was about third or so.

At 5:22 PM PST, Blogger tc_martin said...

Here I love the first and the third images. I just can't see the effect on the second one. For me, the third one is truly striking.


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