The base photo was taken with the front facing iPhone 4 camera and sent to MobilMonet --another pretty neat iPhone app-- where I modified it so the background is monochromatic.
Next I slipped out to my frozen yard and snapped a photo of some dormant grass. This grass image was put in Laminar as a base layer and the portrait was set on top with a bit of transparency. Seems to capture my thinking about the pause in the plant world.
Our home has a sun room which is a nice sanctuary on winter days; I can sit there and watch the weather in between pages of a good book. Right now, one of Pam's orchids has come into bloom bringing real cheer to each winter day. I am just fascinated by orchids. They are so sensuous in both form and color. How could I not photograph this? And then, how could I help but explore how to create a greater interpretation?
Two layers processed on iPhone4. Lower layer is monochromatic close up. Upper layer is reduced in opacity to reveal the lower layer. Laminar app. Photogene app used to optimize each basic image.
There have been nice days to get out. Recently, we drove up to Sodus Bay on Lake Ontario. The lighthouse out on the jetty showed the result of high winds and extreme cold in the form of heavy ice.
There is one very nice capability with the iPhone plus versatile apps, and that is exploring strongly interpretive images that step away from traditional "reality". (If there really is such a thing as reality.) So, the creative mind can run wild combining textures and colors. This is a layering of two wildly dissimilar images - dried winter grasses and thin ice forms.
So, this is my final post of February. The bucket list is pretty much completed, and I am ready to burst out with images of birds and blooms.