What you want to acquire, you should dare to acquire by any means.  What you want to see, even though it is with difficulty, you should see.  You should not let it pass, thinking there will be another chance to see it or to acquire it. It is quite unusual to have a second chance to materialize your desire.

~Yosa Buson*


Haiku Master Buson

Y Sawa & E Shiffert



words of old

whispered today by wind

in the reeds


As I was stumbling around Photoshop, I found myself remembering a cartoon which pictured an overwhelmed student with a raised arm and the caption, “may I be excused, my head is full?”

That memory was followed by the remembrance of a meeting with a clinical supervisor who spoke of the importance of going back to the basics…so I exited Photoshop, found the original RAW image, and entered the realm of Lightroom…to begin again with the basic adjustment layers of:

  • highlights,
  • brightness,
  • shadows,
  • darkness,
  • hue,
  • saturation,
  • sharpness, and
  • black and white

I then did some reading about basic composition as a means to explore:  To crop or not to crop?

As I pondered this question, it came to me that cropping this image would narrow the context…the story…as well as the invitation to imagine the various elements  that came together to create this unique image—which, I believe cannot be recreated.

It is the various elements within this image that invites me to contemplate:   How did this leaf come to embrace the grass? Or, was it the grass that embraced the leaf?

The evasiveness to my questions is reflected in the image’s various degrees of blurriness/sharpness and light/shadow and thus I  find myself also wondering:   Was the leaf captured? Imprisoned? Or, was it saved?  


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The first three of December’s One Four Challenge

Well…what did I do…should have taken notes…hum…

In response to Apple’s recent decision to retire Aperture, I have been exploring Lightroom and Photoshop as  alternative application options…so this week I jumped right into Photoshop and learned rather quickly that I need a tutorial for the various tutorials and that my learning style is most likely one built upon trial and error…but after learning about layers and playing with masking I did create an image that I eventually took into Silver Effects for a final touch up.

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week two…for this week’s ongoing challenge I went into Perfect Effects 4 and added a layer from a preset, “whiteness”, which I created some time ago, then added a layer from Perfect Effect’s True Film category, “green velvet”, and then found that by playing around with darkening the edges (highlighting, clarity, and shadows) seemed to add more depth of field.


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