Picture Editing Surprises!


I was working with my photo albums in my computer yesterday.  You know, deciding which photos were worth keeping and which could be deleted.

There was one that I had taken of colorful bushes in the yard, through the screen on the sun porch window.  It was blurry because of the screen, but before I deleted it, I played around with it a little bit, and got a pleasant surprise.  I cropped it, enhanced the colors, and got a picture that reminds me of a painting of flowers! 

Then I came to a rather unremarkable one of a spider web, but when I zoomed in on it, it became apparent that it was probably woven by an “apprentice” spider, who must have been at “cross purposes” with himself!  I don’t know how long the web-weaving apprenticeship lasts, but I think he’d better get his act together!

Mama loved photography.  I wish she were here, now that I’ve become interested in it too, so that I could “talk” photography with her!  But, I have you, right?  That’s almost as good!

Happy Monday.

16 Responses to Picture Editing Surprises!

  1. Danielle says:

    I’m sure she is watching everthing you do and even guiding you along a little …xoxo

  2. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Danielle. That’s a nice thought.

  3. jen says:

    Those are lovely. i really like the flowers through the screen. That really creates an interesting texture.

    She’s always with you. I’m positive those we have lost speak to us through the things that connected us when we were together.

  4. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Jen. Unfortunately, I appreciate my mom in retrospect more than I did when she was alive. If she DOESN’T know that now, I definitely will tell her so when I meet her again in Heaven! Thanks for stopping by.

  5. Beth says:

    I really like the web! That spider and I could be good friends; he’s imperfect just like me…and I like that he was still confident enough to keep going even when it was obvious it wasn’t going to be a perfect web!

    Sandra, I think you might really enjoy the new blog my dad just started yesterday. He is a pastor and I know I’m very biased, but I find him to be an incredible man–wise, kind, funny, Godly. It’s at http://dwellandcultivate.blogspot.com

  6. karen says:

    Love those photos and the peacock feathers in the previous one.

    I’m starting to develope an interest in photography as well. I want to take a class, so I know what I’m doing, and buy and SLR camera. I’m just using one of those point and shoots, at the moment..

  7. Sandra says:

    Beth — Maybe he wasn’t an “apprentice” after all — maybe he was just artistic! I’ll definitely check out your dad’s blog.

    Karen — As you can probably tell, I’m really enjoying photography, so I highly recommend it! I’ll look forward to see the results on your posts.

  8. All they need are frames; beautiful.

  9. Sandra says:

    Thank you, HPKT. I was so pleased with how the screen filter (inadvertently!) worked.

  10. chrissy says:

    Cool photos, I am so glad you “played” with them!

  11. SBW says:

    It’s fun to learn by experimenting, isn’t it? Way to go!

    I understand your comment above about appreciating your mother more after she passed away. That is exactly how I feel about my father. I’ve learned after his death that relationships continue beyond death. I’m learning about him and loving him more now than ever before (I admit it’s easier to love him when he’s not around to annoy me, and he would be the first to laugh at that). This acceptance and appreciation is one of the hidden gifts of grief, I suspect.

    I think you are sharing with your mom through your photography – thinking about her and growing in your appreciation of her. It’s never too late to be grateful for someone – death doesn’t stop growth.

    My, I’m getting philosophical so late at night!

  12. Sandra says:

    Chrissy — I’m glad I did too! It is sort of like a treasure hunt — the same kind of fun and surprise when I discover something neat.

    SBW — Don’t our feelings seem to be closer to the surface late at night?

    It is a total surprise to me how much blogging has clarified my view of my mom. Writing stories about her has really made me appreciate what an interesting, unique person she was. And I do think my interest in photography comes from all my years of seeing her with her faithful camera.

    I’m glad you are experiencing the same kind of realizations about your dad. And you have the added bonus of still having your mom to share your new perceptions with — I’m guessing that makes her happy.

    “It’s never too late to be grateful for someone . . .” So true.

  13. Hilary says:

    Fun photos. I love the concept of an apprentice spider.. too cute. 🙂

  14. Sandra says:

    Thank you, Hilary. I’ll hae to check that evergreen again to see if he gets any better!

  15. Joyce says:

    Editing does bring nice surprises to the whole world of photography. It is like magic!

  16. Sandra says:

    I agree, Joyce! Thanks for stopping by.

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