I went through some photos from 2002 and found this one. I was living in rural Wisconsin. Back then I was using an Olympus. Digital cameras weren’t as good as those we have today, nor were the pictures very large. The size for this one is 1200×900. The day was overcast, as you can see. There was absolutely nothing compelling or interesting about the shot. I’m surprised I kept it, if I’m honest.
But I thought I might make something of it, so I opened it in Photoshop and got to work. I adjusted brightness and contrast, then put it in Topaz and tried a few things. Because the subject is so damn boring, I wanted to try to turn it into a painting. Most of the time, a painting filter looks like crap and I reject it, but because I used multiple filters first, it actually worked. I love the final result. It actually looks like a painting.
This is a gray wall jumper. I spotted it on my four-panel folding screen when I was putting it away one morning. I haven’t seen him since, but I know he’s around. Fine with me; they eat things I’d rather weren’t in the house, and they rarely disturb humans.
During a walk Suki and I took the other morning, I spotted this mockingbird perched above me on a wire. I expected it to fly away any moment, but it stayed quite a while. I was able to zoom in pretty close.
Have a great week!