“Shades of January”

“Even the most mundane can become a thing of beauty, if we but expect it” – Ed Lehming

Surprisingly, this is my first post this year and the first in over a month. That’s highly unusual for me, but I have found myself terribly uninspired lately. I’m finding the lack of face to face interaction with people is affecting me in ways I had not expected, being a largely solitary and private person.

I’ve still been outdoors, enjoying the snow-filled forests, and posting those images on Facebook for others to enjoy but I have been uninspired to do much more than that.

I’m looking for something to pull me out of this creative slump and general laziness, wanting to do more than just share the occasional image. So, I’m taking a kick at it today, with an image I created while on a hike last week. The original photo was ‘nice’ but I wanted to emphasize the way the low sunlight played between the pines and within the bright orange leaves of the beech trees.

I did something a bit different here to get the photo to realize into something more than just a photo. I wanted the beauty, the softness, and the subtle tones to really show through. This was accomplished by adjusting the tones to my satisfaction in Photoshop and then applying a Prizma filter to get the painterly effect. I’m really pleased at how it turned out and it will serve as a reminder to me to persevere through the COVID lock-downs, there is still beauty around us, we just need to apply a bit more effort to get it to permeate us and appreciate it for what it is. Hopefully, this is the start of a trend for me as I shake of the effects of partial isolation.

iPhone 12 Pro @ 4.2 mm
1/609 sec, f/1.6, ISO

10 Comments on ““Shades of January”

  1. Beautiful! I always feel blah this time of year. Add in the lockdown feeling for months on end and it’s hard to feel super creative. It will return.

  2. For me, snow and ice are very exciting motives, mostly because it is not so common nowadays. The great variety and knowledge that the whether can change from one day to the next probably contributes a lot. I think your “manipulation” became a very successful work and wish that more people dared to post similar pictures.

  3. oh ed
    you sure have beautiful photo here – truly
    and starting with that quote
    a well it led right into a photo experience
    Even the most mundane can become a thing of beauty, if we but expect it” – Ed Lehming

    and the photo depicted the myriad of emotions many have felt and continue to feel as covid efforts unfold!
    cheers and nice to see a post from you in the reader

  4. That is just gorgeous! You live in a beautiful part of the world, enjoy the ‘slump’ … think of it as your hibernation time … and it looks like you are coming out of that now, with this photograph!

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